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Chana Masala

Rated as 3.43 out of 5 Stars

"This version of chana masala uses spinach instead of tomatoes, like my favorite Indian restaurant makes. It is so easy to throw together, and pretty healthy to boot! A perfect meal on a cold winter night when served with naan and basmati rice."
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Ingredients

35 m servings 133 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir chickpeas with liquid from can, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, garam masala, and curry powder into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until liquid is mostly evaporated and sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir spinach into sauce and simmer until wilted, about 5 more minutes.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • You may add more water as desired (and depending on how much water is retained from the spinach) to suit the sauce to your tastes.
  • You can use 1/4 block frozen spinach, thawed and drained, instead of fresh if desired.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 133 calories; 4.6 g fat; 19.9 g carbohydrates; 4.1 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 216 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Easy, full of vegan protein and tasty! My teenage son said, "See, Mom, you should cook more often!" I didn't have coriander so simply omitted it. This will definitely be a regular side dish from...

Most helpful critical review

Technically your version is Chana Palak. Palak meaning Spinach. Chana, meaning chickpea, or Garbanzos. A good dish overall!

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Technically your version is Chana Palak. Palak meaning Spinach. Chana, meaning chickpea, or Garbanzos. A good dish overall!

I did not care for this recipe, but my husband said he'd eat it. We eat a lot of indian type food. This is the first 'flop' I've made.

I thought this recipe was terrible. There was no sauce to it and the spices were not flavorful- had too much of a tart flavor. This is the second Chana Masala recipe I have tried and I will ke...

Easy, full of vegan protein and tasty! My teenage son said, "See, Mom, you should cook more often!" I didn't have coriander so simply omitted it. This will definitely be a regular side dish from...

I bought more chickpeas 3 days later so that I could make this again. The only problem is I wanted more of it. So good and a balanced recipe. I used Ghee instead of oil & only 1 tablespoon of le...

I didn't think it tasted much like the Chana Masala I am used to, but it was pretty darn tasty. And so easy! I'll probably play around with the spices a bit in the future, but a great base rec...