Chana Masala Classic - Heavenly Gujarati Chickpea Shabji Curry
A classic Gujarati dish that we have as a family meal with basmati rice or chapati. Its divinely delicious and has a characteristic aroma and beautifully tasty. All vegetarian and simple to make, ready in 25-30 mins. To correctly make this dish the key ingredient is the right blend of a host of aromatic whole ground spices the includes cardamom, clove, cinnamon, mace, asfotida, fenugreek leaves, together with the right proportions of fresh ginger, fresh garlic and fresh chilli. All these ingredients have been professional put together into a single unit - fresh chana masala curry paste. In short, you don't need 20-30 different spices and herbs at hand to make something that is simple and yet superbly classic and versatile dish. All you need is in the little pack of fresh bipins masala, all the hard work has been done for you.
Try out adding 100g -150g of fresh spinach leaves to make a chana saag - lovely chickpea, tomato and spinach curry.
(i) brown off the onions in 3 tsp of sunflower oil on gentle heat + 1 tsp of masala, avoid burning the onions and its critical the onions are golden brown for the characteristic flavour profile
(ii) add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, the remaining masala, and gently bring to simmer until the oil splits and floats to the top
(iii) add the chick peas, mix together, 3 tbsp of water, gently bring to simmer cook on low heat for at least 15-20 minutes.
(iv) create a thicker sauce simply mash some of chickpea.
(v) season with salt to taste, rest for at least 5 minutes and garnish with coriander before serving.
Serve with warm buttery naan breads, ideally plain basmati.
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