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A bowl filled with chana masala - chickpea curry

Chana masala

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 6 - 8

Serve this vegetarian Indian chickpea curry as a main meal or side dish. It's gluten-free, good for you and freezable so you can save any leftovers.

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving (8)
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal140
low infat5g
saturates2g
carbs15g
sugars5g
fibre5g
protein6g
salt0.1g
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Ingredients

  • 800g canned chickpeas or 720g jar giant chickpeas
  • 3 onions, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 5cm piece of ginger
  • 2-3 green chillies, roughly chopped
  • 1½ tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli powder (Kashmiri if possible)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 ½ tsp amchoor powder (optional)
  • 3 medium tomatoes (around 300g), roughly chopped, or 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ small pack coriander leaves, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

    Drain the chickpeas, add to a large pan with 400ml of water and season. Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat and set aside to allow the chickpea flavour to infuse the water.

  • STEP 2

    Blitz the onions with the garlic, ginger and green chillies. Melt the ghee in a large saucepan, then add the onion mix with a pinch of salt and cook for 8-10 mins, until softened.

  • STEP 3

    Stir in the spices, and cook for 3 more mins, adding a splash of the chickpea water to stop them sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and another splash of water and cook for 5 mins, squishing the tomatoes with a spoon as they soften. Tip in the chickpeas, along with their cooking water. Cook for 10 mins. Season well, add the lemon juice, and a splash of water if you like a looser curry. Scatter with the coriander, to serve.

RECIPE TIPS
Add even more flavour
Add 6-8 fresh or dried curry leaves at the same time as the chilli for an extra flavour punch

Goes well with

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2017

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