Chana Masala

It’s really all Sanchaita’s fault.

When I was visiting my sister Bethie, her friend Sanchaita invited us to dinner. She cooked the most amazing chickpea curry — as part of a feast of other amazing dishes, I should add — and when I asked what kind of magic and rainbows went into it, she said it was just chana masala, with a shrug like that was nothing special.

Well, I started with a packet of chana masala from Patel Brothers on Maynard Street, and it really does include all the sunshine and rainbows and Indian restaurant flavors! My previous chickpea curries tasted a lot like chickpeas that had been boiled with some curry powder. (Shut up. It was much better than my artichokes or that time I tried to boil water.)

Once I was in the store, though I realized that I could buy paneer, and packets of pakora mix or dosai mix, and all kinds of other instant exotic tastes. Then I got adventurous and tried new recipes, and I’m pretty impressed with my not-from-a-packet dal.  I even added some new spices to our herb garden.

It was only when we were outside feeding stale naan to the turtles that I realized I just might have an Indian food problem.

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0 Responses to Chana Masala

  1. So you can make delicious Indian food, but all I've seen Beth make is mac'n'cheese (which, however, was pretty good)…

  2. I admit to the fault but I also admit that No rainbows went int here atleast not while I was noticing…I am happy to hear I was successful in the conspiracy to get you into eating chana masala..didn't Bethu tell you i had a Chana Masala nite once to convert all souls to chana masala..but i don't use the patel brother stuff but the Shaan grp of spices I use to make biriyani are good I am not sure if they have chana masala..

  3. Meg Stivison says:

    Wow I wish I went to chana masala night! Although you already converted me…

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