I'm terrible with surprises. They make me a little twitchy. I can't help but guess, ponder, and maybe obsess a little, in anticipation and excitement. But Andrew deals with this well. Also, he learned that I was a good guesser. Once, when taking me to the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salam, MA as a surprise, he gave me a hint that where we were going -- the town had trees in it. I instantly (and randomly) guessed that we were going to Salem. Now he does all that he can not to give me hints.
Needless to say, the anticiption of waiting, pondering, and guessing was worth it when he brought out his chana masala to the table. As a lover of spices and most Indian food, this dish is something I ordered at a local Indian restaurant in town, and savored every bite. I did the same with my husband's version of it -- the silkiness of the onions that have absorbed all the flavors, the nuttiness of the chickpeas, and the bite of tomatoes combined with other vegetables - I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
Chana masala is full of spices. We use seven (well, more if you include the spices that are in chana masala). Don't be intimidated. Go over to the bulk section and buy a few tablespoons of each if you don't have them on hand. It will be worth it.
Andrew's Chana Masala
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large vidalia onion, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons ginger
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (we had to work our way up to this point -- start with a pinch)
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- 1 and 1/4 cup water, split
- 5 cups cooked chickpeas or 2 drained cans of chickpeas
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Vegetables of your choice. We used spinach, peas, zucchini, carrots, green beans and red bell pepper.
Today I also have the pleasure of announcing the winners of my giveaway of Amy Green's Simply Sugar and Gluten Free cookbook! According to random.org, the winners are commenters # 1 and #25 -- Andrea B of Vegvacious and Ana of Kitchen Space! I'll be contacting you to get your mailing addresses so you can enjoy Amy's awesome cookbook!
Be well -- enjoy your Friday!