This is one of my favorite recipes to make in the winter because it tastes fresh, it is easy and fast to prepare, and between the spicy ingredients and serving it warm, it is awesome on a cold winter day or night. It is a classic Indian dish that can be prepared many different ways while still tasting the same. I do not care for the taste of curry and this recipe is curry free. It is vegetarian too. The recipe I use to make Chickpea Marsala (also called Chana Marsala) is easy and healthy. Try it and see what you think!
Put a pan on the stove and add approx 2 -3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Then, heat the pan at Medium High.
Once the oil is hot add 1 tsp minced garlic and 1 tsp cumin OR Cumin seeds.
Begin to brown, then add 1 tbs of Besan OR Reg. Flour and stir for about 3 min.
Then add either 1 can of stewed/diced tomatoes OR 2 diced fresh tomatoes.
Stir while this mixture reduces down to almost a paste.
Add: 1 tsp minced ginger, 1 tsp red pepper flakes OR cayenne, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp Turmeric,
1 tsp Garan Marsala, 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tsp Coriander.
Stir all this for 3-5 minutes, then add 1/2 can of drained Chick peas and almost 1 cup of water.
Stir while this comes to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 10 minutes.
While this is simmering. . . mash the other 1/2 can of chick peas and add to the pan within 3 minutes.
Stir occasionally over the full 10 minutes.
Remove from heat stir and serve. I like to squeeze a bit of lemon juice on mine as well.
Serve with bread, preferably Naan and a cool glass of water :0)
* I also like to add fresh, torn spinach leaves to mine at the same time as the chick peas
OR Serve over fresh spinach leaves.
Do you have another version of this recipe that our dapper friends and I should try?
You can post it in the comments or email it to me to share. THANKS!