I’ve been receiving requests for Indian food recipes and this one requires no culinary expertise. The gravy drowning the chickpeas is light but full of spices making a totally mouthwatering experience. On a day that I was scheduled to work at the hospital and knew it was going to be a long day, I developed this recipe. There was a good chance that I would come home too late to fix my family a proper dinner and I would need to cure my own “hanger” (hungry+anger) with something savory and nourishing. Forget about grocery shopping while hungry; you don’t want to see me raid my own fridge and pantry! Before going to bed the night before, I threw the ingredients into my Crock Pot, and covered with the lid. Before I left for work in the morning, I hit ON. We served it with the Trader Joe’s Frozen Multigrain Blend with Vegetables (not perfect but ’emergency’ item I keep on hand) because I was out of whole wheat pita bread, rice, and quinoa. I had mine with plain yogurt. You do the best you can.
Slow Cooker Chana Masala (Indian chickpea curry)
Charlotte Veggie Original
GF, GRF, DF, NF
2 cans/cartons or 3 cups of unsalted chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained. You can also use chickpeas that were soaked overnight or for at least 6-8 hours
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed (optional)
3 half inch thick slices of ginger
1/4 tsp garam masala (really transforms Indian dishes)
1 tbsp curry powder (I just used the Trader Joe’s one)
1/2 tsp each: ground turmeric and paprika
1 tsp each: ground cumin, ground coriander, and salt
Black pepper to taste – about 1/4 tsp
1 tbsp coconut oil (unrefined and organic)
4-6 cups vegetable broth (You can also use water for part of it)
Place all of the above in your slow cooker, give it a stir, cover, and cook for 6-8 hours on LOW or 4-6 hours on HIGH.
Carefully pick out ginger slices and dispose.
Serve with any type of bread, rice/barley/couscous, or quinoa as well as some plain yogurt.
Add cilantro and lime juice if desired.