Super Simple Chana Masala
Hearty and saucy with a kick of spice, you’re going to want to whip up my super simple chana masala recipe again and again!
One of my goals for the new year is to branch out in the kitchen a little more. Typically, my cuisines of choice are Italian, American and Mexican. I think it’s definitely time to change that, so I’m sharing a super simple Indian dish. Although, I don’t have very much experience with Indian meals, from what I’ve tried- I absolutely love traditional Indian spices; like curry, garam masala and turmeric. Next up- Tikka Masala!
Honestly, this super simple chana masala, although extremely delicious, is not an authentic chana masala. I wanted to use ingredients that we all have in our pantries. Who has time to search for amchoor powder, which is some sort of unripe green mango powder that’s apparently popular in Indian cuisine. You also will not find whole cumin seeds or ghee in this recipe. But you will find, a flavorful meal bursting with color that can cooked up in less than 30 minutes. I hope you’re good with that! 🙂
Now that my confession’s out of the way, let’s talk about all of the fabulous ways to serve this chana masala. There are literally countless possibilities for plating your chana masala. I took the easy route for this post and topped a rice quinoa mix from Seeds of Change (takes 90 seconds to cook!) with my chana masala.
I would love to try this one-skillet yumminess on:
warm naan or pita bread
over cauliflower rice
as a sweet potato topping, maybe with a dollop of Greek yogurt
in a lettuce wrap
dip-style with tortilla chips or crackers
and the list goes on and on.
For the record, the man in your life just might love this as much as you do. Mine did!! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the kids on board, but you know how that is. You win some, you lose some….
Super Simple Chana Masala
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (seeded as preferred to decrease spiciness)
- 2 teaspoons garam masala, substitute with curry, if that's what you have on-hand
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¾ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 1 can, 28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes, with juices
- 2 cans, 15 ounces each chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 6 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves
- Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and pepper and continue to cook, stirring frequently for about 3 minutes. While onion, garlic and pepper are softening begin adding spices (garam masala, cumin, ginger, turmeric and salt).
- Add tomatoes, chickpeas and lemon juice; continue to cook until mixture comes to a boil. Break up large tomatoes as you're stirring mixture.
- Add spinach, stir occasionally, until slightly wilted.
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Interested in quick one-skillet meals like this easy chana masala? You’ll love these other recipes!
Mexican Chicken Pasta Skillet Pasta
Southwestern Turkey Quinoa Skillet
Something to think about….
What’s your favorite one-skillet meal?
Have you ever tried Indian food? What are your thoughts? Any suggestions of what I should make next?
I love how colorful this dish and your photos of it are! This looks like just the kind of flavorful yet healthy food I’ve been needing. My dad went through an Indian food cooking phase when I was a kid, and I was definitely NOT on board…a few years later, my taste buds came around to it, though!
Thanks so much for your comment! I hope you get a chance to give it a try!
You read my mind. I have been in the same cuisine rut. Never have I had Indian food but it is something I have wanted to try. Kudos to the two previous posts’ writers who have! Thanks for the recipe. I am looking forward to trying it – after my one month Medifast pledge.
Let me know how you like it, Joyce. 🙂
Chana masala is SO good! This makes me miss chickpeas so much 🙁
No chickpeas- that stinks!
This looks delish! I love chana masala dishes, and this variation is one I have not tried. Bookmarking it!:)
Hope you love it as much as I did!