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Chana Masala

What you need: 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon curry
1 tablespoon tomato paste (I used ketchup)
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained, reserving 3 tablespoons liquid
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh black pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper, optional, to taste
1 tablespoon margarine

What you do: 

1. Heat oil on medium high heat. Fry onions until slightly browned. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic, curry, and paste.
2. Stir and simmer about 2 minutes. Add chickpeas, reserved liquid, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Simmer 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add red pepper to taste. Add margarine, stirring through to melt it. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes more or until peas are softened and dish is hot. Serve over rice.'

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Chana masala is my absolute favorite thing to order at Indian restaurants, so I was excited to try out this recipe instead of just buying a microwavable Tasty Bite. It was amazing!! Not exactly like getting it at the restaurant, but really delicious. Like others, I made some changes by adding cocunut milk (so good), coriander, cardamon, cumin, and another teaspoon of tomato paste. Next time I will add some water to make the sauce a bit saucier.

I'd say this recipe makes enough for two servings, so I will definitely double it when I make it for my family-- which I plan to do very soon!

This recipe will definitely be added to my regular cooking rotation  ;)b 

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yummy! I doubled the paste, added coriander, turmeric,and ginger, a little hungarian paprika, coconut milk, lots of spinach, and had it with some red bell peppers and broccoli. mmz.

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This was very good. It made about 3 servings for me. I used quinoa instead of rice and also used rice milk instead of the suggested soy milk as a replacement for the margerine. And I also add in a can of diced tomatoes. It turned out delicious, Ive had it for dinner 2 nights in a row now, and tonight will make 3.

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A+ This was really good. I doubled all the spices and I think that helped. I used soy milk instead of margarine and it came out fine. I'll definitely be making this again.

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Ahhhhhh this was so good.
I really wanted to make this but i didn't have garbanzo beans...so i used tofu instead...it still turned out reallly fantastic!

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This is my go to food when I'm short on cooking time but want a delicious dinner (or lunch!) Thanks so much for this easy-go-to-delicious dish!  ;)b

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This is really good. It's actually the best Chana Masala I've had, personally.

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This turned out very well, however I used more tomato paste than the recipe stated.. I think next time I might use tomato sauce instead? just a little. With the one tablespoon it just wasn't as red as everybody else's pictures haha. Very good, I will make this often! I served over jasmine rice. -Jess

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oh...mmm...mmm.... this is sooooo goood...

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Yum! I loved it along with my husband. I added a little bit more tomato paste and raisins. It was awesome. Great recipe!!! ;)b

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