Holy Spoons

The gift of hospitality sometimes comes with food.

Chana Masala


Words of wisdom from the family: “Filling without being heavy. Great for summer nights- one can only eat so many salads.” Original recipe from Vegan Richa, but we had to make a few substitutions due to what was on hand, and a few additions just for fun.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped small
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped small
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (19 oz.) garbanzo beans, washed and drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Optional- additional 4 chicken breasts; pan-seared; dry-rubbed with salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, and garam masala


    1. In a deep skillet, heat oil, garlic, and ginger over medium heat
    2. Add red bell pepper and cook about five minutes, until softened.
    3. Stir in cumin, turmeric, garam masala, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until fragrant.
    4. Add in the tomatoes and reduce heat to medium low, stirring occasionally until tomatoes are soft (10-15 minutes).
    5. Mash the tomatoes a bit, then then add the chickpeas and 1.5 cups water. Cover and cook at low-medium heat, until chickpeas are easily mashable.

Adjust salt, garam masala, chili powder, and pepper to taste.

  1. Serve hot topped with lemon wedges, cilantro, and rice.

NOTES: The original recipe also gives directions for making this in a pressure cooker, but since we don’t have one, I can’t speak to how that version turns out. Overall, a lovely dish for summer evenings.

About aeronwynn

22. Recent college graduate. In the absence of a summer job, I needed something to do. That something turned out to be cooking (also running, but the cooking is going better).

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