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My sad collection: black sea salt, fenugreek leaves, whole nutmeg, tandoori spice, ajwan seeds, ground coriander, white poppy seeds, black cardamon, fennel. Still, I will buy amchoor powder and try it again, caramelizing the onions more and adding more green chili. It’s delicious & when I served it to friends we all loved it. I’m Indian and I’m always looking up the perfect channa recipe… I’ve tried multiple and none of th compare to yours! Use tamarind paste or yogurt. You imagine your recipe arrives and 1 + 1 + a beautiful chicken tikka masala I will definitely try this recipe, especially since February is such a good time for chickpeas! Thank you Deb! And mix your own garam masala if it has it in it. Takes a little longer to warm up to Prue – she’s not the sweet Mary Berry, for sure – but as the show has progressed, she’s standing up to Paul a little more, which we appreciate. Try “Savoring the Spice Coast of India” by Maya Kaimal. Made this last night and I had the same issue several others did – it was very watery at the end. Served it over brown basmati rice. Super filling. Meera Sodha’s naan recipe from the NYT is great and really easy! You hid the link for Jacob’s picture between 2 photos, I almost missed it!Which would have been a shame, because he is sooooo cute! What a gift to working parents: fast, easy, yet complex and delicious Indian food. Yes, although I haven’t tested the time range. Made this without the amchoor powder a few weeks ago, and again today, this time with the amchoor powder, both times it turned out wonderful, but I deffinitly like the extra flavor the amchoor adds. Thank you. With appreciation:-). ;). I’ve been making Madhur Jaffrey’s Very Spicy Delicious Chickpeas for decades, and always add half the recommended chickpeas (so, increasing the tomato ratio, like you). Everybody loved this tonight! Just a comment from a Brit (and a curry bore) on chicken tikka masala… there are many variants of the dish with that name and your version (or Chetna’s!) That would have made the dish. I made this for my mom’s birthday dinner last night. omg thank you. Luv, luv, luv all the pics! – added just a touch of sugar at the end (~1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) to combat acidity of tomatoes. SO excited to try this. We’ll do that next time. I made this today, following the recipe exactly, except that I used a whole chicken skinned, de-boned and chopped into 2 inch pieces. OK, so I made the leftovers today (one day later) and added another dose of spices and a few squeezes from a tube of tomato paste (and some fresh cilantro by the way). I only had half a sad lemon in the house when I made mine last night, so decided to grate 1/2 its zest in at the ‘adding tomatoes’ stage to up the sourness and you know, it worked like a charm. I garnished with chopped sweet onion and cilantro and served over basmati rice w/garlic naan. i highly recommend, Hi Deb! Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Delicious! Chick pea heaven all around! It cooled the dish down a bit. I watched the video several times, and I ended up sauteeing my onions for 8 minutes to start, and they were perfectly caramelized. I didn’t use a chili but a good amount of cayenne and a little extra garlic. Thank you Deb, this is the first time I’ve made an Indian dish, you made it seem easy enough and it was incredibly delicious! I have perpetually tardy friends, so dishes that can hold for a bit are a must. She has another GREAT cookbook, FAR EASTERN COOKERY. I added a bit of the juice from the canned garbanzos and added a handful more (with pinched off skins). Thanks! I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS. I used the full 1/2 tsp of cayenne, though and it was really hot. A great dish nonetheless! It’s important. I made this for dinner tonight and my family raved. Now, I am drooling. Perhaps another substitute for amchoor powder? Her recipes turn out stunningly delicious every time without fail! also, for the North Indian version of the dish, we add anardhanna powder (made from ground, dried pomegranate seeds) instead of amchur. I had a 28 oz can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes and used that along with two cans of chick peas, since I was doubling. Thanks for putting it out there. Although preserved lemons aren’t usually used in Indian cooking, they give dishes like this that thing that is often “missing” when you make them at home. This looks like the perfect use for them. Thanks for my delicious dinner (turned lunch today) :-). I had about 1/2 the spices already & bought the rest except for the amchoor. I changed nothing. Again. I added one orange and one white sweet potato for some veggies and served it with Jheera rice and peas which I also just learned how to make. (I’d totally pay for it, but I need to be more than a full time student, part time employee). based curries in Indian cooking. I recently started following your blog and have to say I love it! (Please correct me if I’m wrong.) Hard for me to say from here, but those are usually the ones that either take forever to get soft or really never do. Agreed! This is my absolute favorite dish in the whole world. Sometimes I throw in some cauliflower just to make it go a little further. Combine chicken thighs with yogurt, half of garlic, ginger, and salt in a bowl and set aside for whatever time you’ve got — you can use them right away, in an hour, or up to a day. For sure get the amchoor powder it is that sour taste that you were looking for, but I am going to try the lemon too. Definitely a recipe worthy of a spot on Smitten Kitchen. Thanks! I just tried this recipe tonight, after I discovered my ginger had gone off. Half of the recipe made 3 generous portions. Waiting to add the water until you determine if you need it would definitely help, but even then I think we still might have needed a little more simmer time than the recipe calls for. what you could also do is aromatize the oil, this is done traditionally in north indian cooking, – you heat the oil add, a few cloves,a few black peppercorns,1 peice of cassia bark, and a few green cardomom pods opened slighly. I was surprised at how much I liked it. This is also about how long it takes when I soak them overnight, so I’ve given up soaking. Their nilgiri korma is FABULOUS!!! Definitely worth the effort to find it. I just cooked a batch of chickpeas yesterday! Sorry if I’m repeating advice…had to comment and don’t have the time to scroll at work. It was still a little too thin at the end of the cooking time so I simmered it down a bit while I was making Milk Street’s Cilantro Rice (fabulous recipe!). I used 2% Fage the time I took these photos — as you can see, totally smooth. This is definitely chicken curry. I marinated the chicken overnight and then put it, plus the onion/tomato mixture all in the pot when we got home from work/school. But, this does look pretty tasty, so looks like the house is gonna smell of Indian food for the next week. Oh, I just realized you’re the main photographer! : ) I also added one seeded diced jalapeño, and some cilantro during cooking. I’ve made it umpteen times, usually doubling the recipe and freezing the extra. I just stumbled upon this site today and decided to take a whack at the chana masala. Thanks in advance. I just tried this recipe, it’s excellent! Even my picky 4 year old declared it delicious. Should I just blend in my Vitamix to make the powder or cook them in the stew and remove when done? Indian food is the ultimate budget food…you can create a feast, as you did, with such humble ingredients like lentils, legumes and cauliflower. So I think Deb has shared before that canned dice has a weird additive so that tomatoes keep their dice-y shape. It was really amazing! It’s so distinctive. Yes, I’m a wuss, but “intensely spiced” is an understatement! Yum and thanks! You’re spot on with the sourness. I “cheated” and added some spices (cumin, fenugreek) to the marinade as well, because I felt the same. As a woman married to a southern Indian man, I can vouch for it being one of the best southern Indian cookbooks out there. I made it exactly to the recipe (which I rarely do!) We have both here. add 1 tbsp panch phoron. Oct 14, 2019 - chicken tikka masala, a food drink post from the blog smitten kitchen, written by deb perelman on Bloglovin’ i l-o-v-e chickpeas and l-o-v-e curries, and haven’t found a chana masala that i just l-o-v-e yet. of ground cumin, and 2 tsp. I couldn’t find garam masala at my grocery store so I tried to look up the ingredients. One of my favorite Indian dishes is Punjabi style Chole – a high protein classic recipe with heady flavors. But yeah. Instead of water, I used vegetable broth (about 1-1.5 c) and added 1 c of red lentils and let it all simmer. Oh and I made you light wheat bread this past weekend and it was great, my first foray into home made bread. +1 to this question! I’m so thrilled to see this recipe! Hi Deb, this is so wonderful! Next time I’ll make sure not to over-boil so I get more sauce. wie — Only if it bothers you. I just got back from a trip to India; the food that you get there is so different from what Indian restaurants in the U.S. typically serve. Nine years ago: Mushroom Lasagna Now THIS looks like my kind of masala! It is now a family favourite. I had been craving masala (as it was one of my favorite dishes) and your recipe delivered! I have another tomato question for you. I love chickpeas in all of its incarnations and chana is one of my favs. Read the Madhur Jaffrey's chana masala? I’ve made it a few times now, once with cut up chicken thigh and that was good, too. I figured a full teaspoon of cayenne would be way too much for them, so I didn’t measure but gave a couple good shakes. * In the video, Chetna Makan makes this with one whole chicken that’s been skinned and cut into chunks; I do not doubt that having bones in the mix provide a deeper flavor. I’m an Indian and your recipe sounds very close to the one I’ve grown up loving. Then it was done in just 10 minutes and it hit the spot! This is a great recipe. Do you have to toast and grind the cumin seeds yourself- or can you buy them that way? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I’m fact there is this dish called kadhi which is essentially a bastardization of the word curry. It seems to permeate into the woodwork. • After the chicken was done, I found the sauce to be a little watery (maybe because of the cut of chicken that I used?). I’m so excited that you picked an Indian recipe! I added some chopped spinach at the end. Mmmmmm. We used 1 Serrano, completely seeded. Chana masala is my go-to Indian entree and the Smitten Kitchen recipe seemed easy enough to tackle for a beginner in Indian food like me. :). Sorry. If it does, you can strain out major pieces, this sounds weird, but wisk in a little butter. I’ve made it twice, and the second time it seems the yogurt separated. Don’t ever buy the frozen chana masala from Trader Joe’s, it’ll only piss you off that you wasted your money. Thank goodness for google! So glad you posted this, because I trust your recipes and you ROCK! Someone in the comments section mentioned Chana Masala – that’s a short cut spice mix and works quite well – but I personally think all readymade spice mixes are somewhat repelling … nothing like fresh ingredients. Also it stays unspoiled in the fridge for months…tamarind is so acidic that it’s kinda like vinegar…doesn’t allow bacteria to grow easily. When I don’t have amchoor, I add finely diced preserved lemon and extra fresh lemon or lime juice. She was one of my favorites and her videos are great. Garam Marsala may also contain cumin, so check the ingredients in yours. Did I let the yogurt get too hot? Made this for dinner tonight–yum! I read mixed things about the word “curry,” which can be confusing — more here on why, but it’s basically it’s catch-all term that doesn’t mean a whole lot.”. So this is a great recipe but nothing like the chickpeas at Kabob Palace, i just ate that deliciousness yesterday! Curry in a hurry is not a thing. I made this last Sunday for my husband and young adult sons (who, blessedly, show up for dinner occasionally). SUCH THING AS CURRY—at least not the way you might know it… the term was largely popularized by Europeans during their colonization of India as a homogeneous catchall for the various stews they encountered in Indian cuisine. Think you can figure out how to make the yogurt sauce too? This was excellent. I also snipped a tiny amount of fresh coriander onto the top and it really lifted the flavour to a new place. Another home run. Here’s a north Indian pro-tip that will take your chana masala over the top good: when you’re boiling/cooking your chickpeas, throw in a mesh bag with a couple teaspoons of Indian black tea-leaves (or just put in a tea-bag). What a wealth of information this site has! deb (and other nyc people) – Commodities in the EV (1st ave and 10th) has not only bulk granola/beans/nuts/etc, but also a bulk spice section- very handy if you want small amounts, as the spiciness of spices doesn’t last too long. RE: crappy fresh tomatoes… In Indian dishes I always sub good salsa, fresh or canned instead of mealy fresh tomatoes, and add a little fresh lemon juice and pinch of sugar to balance if needed. Love the backstory. They said it was sour. After sitting in the fridge for the few days, the flavors meld and get even better. It really mellowed the pepper, and brought a lot of other flavors to the forefront. Ha. :). And then you posted this. If the recipe calls for fresh dice tomatoes, why would crushed be a substitute? YUM! I would appreciate any thoughts on this. thank you for this recipe, i plan to try it on the weekend when i have time to assemble all the spices! I am from India and the sheer number of comments on this blog is astonishing. in the fridge ( got a last minute dinner invite, so threw it in the fridge). Like others, I found that it was a little too watery at the end (I used whole milk yogurt but it wasn’t greek so that may have been the culprit) so I suggest omitting or using less water if your tomatoes were quite watery (mine were) or if you want a thicker sauce. Thank you for posting. Definitely going to be in my regular dinner rotation. Simmer 25 to 30 minutes over low heat, covered, stirring once or twice to ensure everything is cooking evenly. 2. This recipe is a keeper. My, oh my. I recently found and tried out a recipe for a Quick Chickpea Curry on another food blog but we unanimously decided this was WAY better; not only was it EVEN quicker, it was chock-a-block full of yummy spices, was more tomatoey (using canned tomatoes instead of ketchup, which was just fine with me!!) One question – I do use dried chickpeas, soaked overnight…and I just can’t seem to get them cooked soft. I’ve never had any issues! I swear you have an uncanny ability to know exactly what is in my cupboard that I’m looking to cobble into a dinner. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation. And it’s thickened with chickpea flour so that the yoghurt doesn’t split. I was subbing in ground Cumin, and regular curry powder at first, and it was still wonderful.Now I have garam Masala and whole cumin seeds and it is even better. It’s absolutely delicious. Had this for lunch at Wegmans today & can’t wait to make it. I’m excited to try this. There’s something lost in transmission between carryout and the cookbook, I think. This is the most popular curry in the UK and Glasgow has long claimed to be the place of its invention :), http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8161812.stm. This has become a staple in my house…delicious! Although I’ll have to be a good daughter and say my mom’s chhole (what we call it) is still my favorite, this is a fantastic recipe. You never disappoint. and always order Chana Masala from Earthen Oven on the UWS so I’m excited to finally have a good recipe for it. It adds a whole new dimension to it. Absolutely loved this, thanks so much for the recipe. I am Indian and have to say that your recipe is exact. Why is that? I put in everything but the amchoor powder and it tasted like just another average attempt at Indian food. Then add the garlic and ginger for another 2-3 minutes. I have made this recipe for the last 3 weeks – I love it! I was committed to their Malai Kofta, with a stroll to Graeter’s for dessert. I loved the beginning of The Namesake (movie) when the mother misses street chaat and tries to make it from rice krispies, hot sauces and a few other weird ingredients at home. Or not. 1 onion, halved and sliced thin. I have been craving this dish with some nan and instead of looking up recipes I’ve gone out and spent $15 for it. We did the cayenne on the high end of the suggested range and it was a great level of heat for us (but we like spicy food). Also, I know how to spell “crowd” not “crowed”! Thank you for this awesome recipe! Would it be terrible if I omitted it (I’m a spiciness wimp) or substituted some red chili flakes instead? Last, the final piece de resistance, I blended the left overs into hummus! ;), As for the spiciness, I use whichever peppers I have on hand. xoxo. that are typically used in preparing chana masala. thanks so much for the delightfully spicy, garlicy, oniony, rich inspiration! It was getting all too personal and so I just emailed you some of my gaga – :P :) ;). Here in the US, we think of “curry” as a specific spice. This is a great recipe! Love this recipe. I used Organic Valley whole milk plain yogurt. I had been mulling over how to incorporate yogurt into the recipe, as I had a large container just sitting in the fridge. It has turned out wonderfully. I made this tonight for dinner and it was very tasty. I am so excited to try this recipe! Can’t wait to look at the other Indian recipes in your arsenal – Thank you, thank you! Longer prep time but sooo worth it! Let it cook for a min on high heat. This was an amazingly delicious dish. I make something very similar to this, but with more Garam Masala (about a TBSP) and a ‘tweak’ of my own- CINNAMON! (I nibbled the last clinging bits of meat from the bones for my first helping. I used chicken breasts, and as another comment noted, they must release a lot of moisture, because the sauce ended up being kind of bland. Like you see here.). Thanks for an easy weeknight dish that doesn’t disappoint. I’m drooling in my pyjamas, I really am. I did not have the amchoor, but will invest in it as soon as I get back to the store. Then I was afraid to cook the chicken on low, so I kept dialing up the heat with the lid on, which created too much steam that ultimately watered down the sauce. My husband is from India and chana masala is one that we make a lot. Wish I could edit my comment. I am pleased as punch to say that I found and made this recipe some time ago. Would a plant based yogurt have the same effect, cook the same? Thanks for answering, the jalapeno, amchoor, and garam masala (I’m out of it) are going on the shopping list for next week. 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground I used Canola oil, 1 1/2 red onions, and at the end added some chopped cilantro and a tsp of sugar. I actually doubled the batch for dinner with my kids and partners and there was enough for dinner later that week and lunch at work. :) forgive me if I missed this in the comments already, but I often make mine in the slow cooker and find it benefits from the long simmering. 2 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground made this for the third time tonight – yum!! I’m in England at the moment as my Mum is gravely ill and we’re all very sad, so a nice warm curry for the family tonight to cheer us up is just the ticket. I just wonder…why is cumin 2x on the list of ingredients? Can’t tell if that’s an error, or if you really did double the cumin and use two different types. It’s been almost an hour simmering without the lid to try and get rid of the excess liquid :(. of toasted & ground cumin seeds? I found that was more the type of tangy flavour I wanted. (For reference, I used a small jalapeno because I went to four grocery stores attempting to find a better option but failed.). I made this and it turned out amazing! Thanks! It depends on the recipe and I usually just kind of wing it :). Later that morning I checked your Instagram and realized it was meant to be. Heat oil in a large skillet. Usually I console myself by going to the best local Indian place and gorging on their lunch buffet once every couple months, but clearly that’s not going to happen any time soon. You can buy it in 10-lb bags from an Indian market (look for a burlap bag with a zip on top) for not too much $$. I live in western India, in the state of Maharashtra and here we make Chana Masala with smaller chick peas (dunno if you call them that) they’re dark brown in colour with a slightly course texture and have to be soaked overnight. Lisa — Are they old? So I pulled out the chicken with a slotted spoon and reduced the sauce quite a lot. You add it. They were just in a (sealed) plastic bag, at a local Indian food store. The first time, I did it stove top and it was fantastic. @Kate and CJ #16 and 54: Next time I will use less water and/or simmer with the lid off. I’m not experienced enough to know how much of a difference this made. I’m excited to try this. It was delicious…however, I did not heed Smitten’s warning and used the full 1/2 tsp. So I picked out all the tofu and then whizzed the sauce in the blender with a little heavy cream and cornstarch, and then it looked lovely and creamy. I feel like it could work but I haven’t tried it. They were browned and crunchy, but still puffy and didn’t just taste like bread rolls. Very good recipe – I made it last night using a huge can of chickpeas, tripling the recipe. Any tips? 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