Chana Masala with Kale


The past year, I have been trying to perfect a healthy Chana Masala recipe. Indian spices are not my forte but my sister, Betty does a meticulous job combining and grinding all the spices in perfect balance. I am too hasty and never measure so it always comes out too cumin-y or cinnamon-y or worse, cardamon-y. So this past week, I practiced. I dusted off the measuring spoons and followed her suggestion for the Chana Masala spice blend. The first attempt, only my husband ate it because he is sweet and polite; he says everything is always delicious. The second attempt, pictured above, was perfect..but I forgot the turmeric. In haste, I reached for the cinnamon instead. So now it was too cinnamon-y…again. I will try again next week but here is the recipe in case you want a go at it. I add kale instead of spinach because it bulks up the stew; cooking spinach is very unrewarding since you need so much and it winds up being so little… Make sure to use a big pot that can handle all the kale. Good luck.

Chana Masala with Kale

Spice blend
1 tbs cumin seeds
1 tbs ground coriander
1 tbs garam masala
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp ground cayenne powder

1 tbs coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1 knob ginger, minced
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tbs tomato paste
4 cups cooked chickpeas
1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
1 handful cilantro for garnish

In a large pot, add the coconut oil and heat up the spices until fragrant, one or two minutes.
Add onion, garlic & ginger and cook for atleast eight minutes until the onions are translucent.
Add tomato paste and chopped tomatoes and cook for an additional five minutes. Add chickpeas and enough water to cover by atleast one inch on top.
Bring to a simmer, add kale on top, cover with a lid and let steam until kale is wilted and bright green.
Take off the heat and stir the kale with the chickpeas and tomatoes until well combined.
Garnish with cilantro and serve with steamed cauliflower rice, if desired.

One response to “Chana Masala with Kale

  1. Doris, I love your blog! If anyone has the opportunity to take Doris’s class, go for it! It was one of the best experiences of my life. And this looks yummy. Thanks

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