Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chana Masala & Saag

This is quite frankly one of our families go to meals....I have always been a spinach fiend and D & V now follow suit. 

Everything about this meal is like a warm hug to your tummy....pure comfort food.


It may seem like allot of work, but don't be scared...it isn't!

I just set up an assembly line. For example I put all my spices in a bowl, dice the tomatoes in a bowl etc. So when its time for the next step I am ready to go.

Chana Masala

30oz of Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans (2 cans)
2 Tomatoes (Diced)
1/2 Yellow Onion (Diced)
3/4 inch Ginger (grated) or a spoon of Ginger Paste
1 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Cayenne (1/4 tsp if you like mild)
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp MDH Cana Masala
1 Bay Leaf
2 C Water
1/4 C Olive Oil

* In a heavy pot (I use an enameled dutch oven) heat the oil on medium

* Add in the onion and bay leaf (till translucent)

* Add in ginger (cook till raw smell leaves)

* Add spices (Masala, Cayenne, Coriander, Turmeric, & Salt) 

* Stir and combine to a paste

* Add tomato and cook till tomato breaks down and it becomes thick (about 5 min)

* Add water and mix well

* Add garbanzos and bring to a boil

* Cook at boil for 4 min

* Turn heat to simmer and cook 18 minutes (or until desired thickness)

Enjoy!

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Saag

1.5 LB Fresh Spinach (I use 1.5 bags of TJ Spinach)
2 Tomatoes (diced)
1/2 Onion (diced)
3/4 inch Ginger (grated) or a spoon of Ginger Paste
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Cayenne
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Olive Oil


* In a heavy pot (I use a large enameled dutch oven) heat the oil on medium

* Add in the onion (till translucent)

* Add in ginger (cook till raw smell leaves)

* Add spices (Masala, Cayenne, Coriander, Turmeric, & Salt)

* Stir and combine to a paste

* Add tomato and cook till tomato breaks down and it becomes thick (about 5 min)

* Add spinach in batches (you want to coat the spinach with the spice paste so stir with each new batch)

* Cook covered on a low/med heat (10 min)

* Immersion blend till the consistency you like

* Cook 10 min (covered)

Enjoy!



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