So I recently riddled my fans on Facebook about whether they would want a crock pot chicken marsala or crock pot chana masala recipe… and of course, you guys asked for both! So as promised, I have created both recipes and I’m sharing them with you this week. First up, is chana masala (even though I made the other recipe first!), but since that is the smell filling my house, it is the first to write up and share. It’s like the amazing fumes are traveling through my body and out my fingertips as I type.
You might recognize this dish from your local Indian buffet. With just a few ingredients, but plenty of seasonings and flavor, it’s a great side dish. Served with rice and naan bread, it makes a fantastic dinner. I think it’s a great introduction to Indian food too because it’s not too potent or unfamiliar in flavor. I would still consider myself a novice with cooking Indian food and I much prefer to go out and eat someone else’s delicious recipes than my own, but sometimes it’s nice to try something new and customize it yourself.
(I really like the Simply Organic herbs from Amazon. I think they are affordable and a quality product. I’ve linked each ingredient so you can buy them if you’d like to use what I use, too. I do not work with them directly, but I do use them consistently.)
So here’s my go at crock pot chana masala. I hope you are inspired to try cooking something new, too!
Crock Pot Chana Masala
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Serves: 8-10 people
1 28 oz. can chick peas, drained
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, NOT DRAINED
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, diced (= about 1/2 cup)
1/2 t. ground coriander
1/2 t. cumin powder
1/2 t. turmeric powder
1 t. garam masala powder
1 t. minced fresh ginger
1 T. fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges
Put all ingredients in crock pot and mix together. Cook on low for 6 hours. Serve with a lime wedge to squeeze for flavor, a side of basmati rice and naan bread for a complete meal.