Worker's curry (Chana masala) from Made in India, Cooked in Britain: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha

  • chilli powder
  • ground cumin
  • fresh ginger
  • onions
  • tomato purée
  • tinned tomatoes
  • turmeric
  • garam masala
  • green chillies
  • rapeseed oil
  • dried chickpeas

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Notes about this recipe

  • ALawson25 on August 12, 2021

    Made this with tinned chickpeas, it was quick and easy and reheated well. I would add a little bit less onion next time.

  • mlbatt on May 12, 2021

    This made a quick dinner with ingredients I had on hand, including a freshly cooked batch of dried chickpeas. Delicious!

  • Totallywired on December 14, 2018

    As a chickpea fiend I was predisposed to love this and it didn’t disappoint. Great heat balance, slightly crunchy onions for texture, rich finish. Served with thick cut lamb loin chops, could have used a sauce for the lamb to tie it together, like a yogurt sauce or a mint of coriander chutney.

  • stockholm28 on February 10, 2018

    This was good, but I've had chana masalas that I've enjoyed more. I used dried chickpeas. I wanted a bit more of the tomato sauce; my final dish was a bit dry and I had to add a little water. If you started with canned chickpeas, this would be a very quick weeknight dish.

  • Rutabaga on January 10, 2017

    This is a good, basic vegetarian curry that would complement any number of other Indian dishes. I used dried chickpeas, which, while tender, had a nice, firm bite. I could see dressing this dish up with a little sour lime or tamarind, but I served it alongside Sodha's 100 garlic-clove curry, and found those two dishes to be an excellent pairing.

  • Melanie on December 11, 2016

    Easy weeknight dinner - used tinned chickpeas and served with fluffy rice and yoghurt. Mild flavour but just interesting enough.

  • lilham on May 07, 2016

    Really loved this. I used dried chickepas and halved the salt used.

  • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

    I made this with canned chick peas. While it was good, it didn't blow me out of the water. I felt like something was missing. I added a bit of sugar and lime to try and add some depth.

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