Slow Cooker Chana Masala #SundaySupper

I’m back!

After a week holiday in Italy for my brother’s wedding and then a crazy week at work with studying for my citizenship test, which I am so happy to say I PASSED! I have been MIA but I am back and so excited about this Sunday Supper theme. Today we are all sharing slow cooker meals. And I don’t know about you but I could always use inspiration on slow cooker meals. Especially when life gets as busy as it has for me.

For my recipe I decided to attempt something I have wanted to do for a while now, Chana Masala.

This is one of my favourite curries and yet I have never had success with it at home. But this recipe from Simple and Sustainable Cooking seemed a lot easier then others I have seen so I decided to finally give it a try. I have to say when I noticed she used dried chickpeas and yet didn’t soak them first I foolishly questioned whether or not it would work. Not only did this recipe amaze me with how well they cooked but it has made me want to start to cook my dried beans in the slow cooker instead of the stove from now on.

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Slow Cooker Chana Masala

140g (3/4 c.) dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
600mL (2 1/2 c.) water
salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 onion, diced
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander powder
3 tomatoes
1 inch piece peeled fresh ginger
1-2 green chilies
1 tsp garam masala
1 lemon or lime
2 scallions, chopped
handful of coriander (cilantro)


Add the chickpeas, water, salt and turmeric to the slow cooker and set on high. Cook for 4 hours.

After 4 hours, add in the onions, oil, cumin and coriander powder. Cook for an additional two hours.

Grind the tomatoes, ginger and green chilies blender or food processor until pureed. Add to the slow cooker after it has been cooking for the additional 2 hours with the onions.

The chickpeas should be very soft and the gravy thick, bright and saucy. This is where mine didn’t look as bright as hers did but it still tasted good. Turn the slow cooker off and stir in the garam masala and let the mixture rest for 15 minutes.

Cut the lime or lemon and squeeze in the juice. Stir in the scallions (reserving a little for garnish if desired) and the coriander and serve.

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Slow Cooker Chana Masala
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 140g (3/4 c.) dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 600mL (2½ c.) water
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 inch piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 1-2 green chilies
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • handful of cilantro
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpeas, water, salt and turmeric to the slow cooker and set on high. Cook for 4 hours.
  2. After 4 hours, add in the onions, oil, cumin and coriander powder. Cook for an additional two hours.
  3. Grind the tomatoes, ginger and green chilies blender or food processor until pureed. Add to the slow cooker after it has been cooking for the additional 2 hours with the onions.
  4. The chickpeas should be very soft and the gravy thick, bright and saucy. Turn the slow cooker off and stir in the garam masala and let the mixture rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Cut the lime or lemon and squeeze in the juice. Stir in the scallions (reserving a little for garnish if desired) and the cilantro and serve.

 

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24 Responses to Slow Cooker Chana Masala #SundaySupper

  1. Stacy says:

    What a great slow cooker recipe, Laura, and congratulations on passing your test! Chana masala is one of my favorite dishes to order when we are eating out, especially when it’s with my vegetarian daughters. Such lovely spices and flavors in your recipe, I can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. Renee says:

    Congratulations on passing your test! I’ve recently started cooking Indian cuisine and I’m adding this to my to-cook list. I love using my slow cooker and this is perfect for it.

  3. A chickpea curry, I love that! I love curries in general, but hardly ever make them vegetarian. This is a great recipe, and kudos on your test Laura!

  4. Susan says:

    Congrats on passing your test! What a perfect low and slow vegetarian dish!

  5. You had me at chickpeas! SO yummy!

  6. Yay I’m so happy to see this recipe. I have been meaning to make chana masala for a while. I should have all the ingredients because I planned on making it on the stove, but I like the crockpot idea better.

  7. Welcome back!! Your Chana Masala looks amazing! I have always wated to make Masala!!

  8. Congrats on passing your test. Your dish is a great way to celebrate it!

  9. This is one of my husband’s favorite Indian foods and he turns his nose up when I use canned chickpeas. Am going to try yours and see if he gives it a higher approval rating!

  10. Congrats on passing your citizenship test! Welcome back! Your Chana Masala looks fabulous! Yum!

  11. Chris Baccus says:

    I agree this recipe looks easy. Cooking dried beans in a slow cooker also sounds like a great idea since you can set it and forget it.

  12. Bea says:

    Congratulations on passing the citizen test! What a busy week, but I do hope you all had fun in Italy :)

    This dish looks absolutely amazing…and it will also have to make an appearance at our dinner table once I have that slow cooker in house :)

  13. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    Aren’t chickpeas just the best? I’m excited to try this, as it looks so fresh, healthy, and full of flavor! Congrats on the test, and hope to read more about your adventures in Italy! Would love to visit some day!

  14. Tara says:

    Love this vegetarian dish, so full of flavor!!

  15. Katy says:

    Yay, you’re here to stay!! I’m not sure if I could pass that test, so well done! Beautiful dish, I love the colours and flavours!

  16. We love Indian food and this looks delicious!

  17. Love the spices in this dish! I must try! Thanks for sharing!

  18. sunithi says:

    Love this recipe. I always think using raw chickpeas is so much better than the canned. I make this in the pressure cooker, but never tried it in a slow cooker. I must, one of these days ! Looks good !!

  19. Liz says:

    Congratulations, Laura…on both your citizenship and this marvelous recipe :)

  20. LIfe has indeed been full ! Welcome back home from your trip to my favorite country Italy, and many congrats on passing your citizenship test !!! And I love this recipe. As a mostly vegetarian, this is a perfect one for me!

  21. Love this chickpea curry. All of the spices and flavor sound amazing! And congratulations on passing your test!!

  22. One of my favorite Indian dishes. Must try this soon! This is a great Sunday Supper theme!

  23. Congrats on passing the test! This sounds like a great recipe. We’ve been making chana masala a lot lately, and it’s really crazy how each recipe is a little different. I’m excited to try this one out!

  24. Hope you had fun in Italy! This sounds like it turned out perfectly!

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