Can I just say that Indian food is BOMB?
I was introduced to Indian food in 2011 by one of my best friends who had spent quite a bit of time in India. I was pretty much sold on it in one bite. Ever since then, I’ve been playing around with making my own Indian food at home.
This past September, while on a romantic anniversary getaway, I decided to branch out and order an Indian dish I hadn’t tried. The side of me that wants to know that I’ll love the dish I order was hesitant, but my adventurous side was screaming for some attention.
So I did it.
I said sorry to the chicken korma, and promised we’d still be friends, and confidently ordered the Chana masala.
Oh gosh, that was not an intended pun, or any sort of religious joke, but it’s too funny to delete… so…
Chana masala. Wowza. It was like a little slice of food heaven in my mouth. Or little nuggets, I guess.
Ever since that moment, I have wanted to master this dish in my own kitchen, but I simply have not had the time. Between selling a house, moving in with friends, having a baby, moving across the country, visiting our friends in California, and getting settled in our new home, I pretty much put everything on the back burner for a while. But life seems to have slowed down a tiny bit, and I’m finding space for creating the things that have been on my wait list.
Chana masala was first on that list.
And y’all, it was seriously not difficult. If you’re intimidated by the large number of ingredients, which are mostly spices, don’t be. Just take a leap, buy all the spices, and the next time you want to make an Indian dish you’ll be totally set.
Also, I soaked and boiled my own chickpeas rather than buying them canned, but what’s important is the quantity. If you want to buy them canned I will not judge you. You do you.
Finally, I served my Chana masala over basmati rice, but you don’t have to. You can just enjoy a bowl of it on its own, or you can enjoy it with naan. Either way is perfectly fine… those are really just vehicles for the Chana masala to make its way into your belly.
Give it a try. Don’t be afraid. You won’t t regret it.