A Chana masala recipe with a quinoa twist! It's already a great tasting chickpea curry, and adding quinoa into the mix will turn this Indian favorite into a complete protein. This dish is easy to prepare and a perfect vegetarian entree.
15oz can CHICKPEAS
15oz can DICED TOMATOES
1 lg ONION (chopped)
½ cup QUINOA
1 HOT PEPPER (finely chopped)
4-5 cloves GARLIC (finely chopped)
½ cup CILANTRO (chopped)
1 tsp CUMIN SEEDS
1 tsp CUMIN
1 tsp CORIANDER
½ tsp CHILI POWDER
½ tsp TURMERIC
1 tsp GARAM MASALA
2 Tbsp OLIVE OIL
1/8 tsp ASAFOETIDA (optional--really OPTIONAL!!!--don't NOT make this dish because you don't have this ingredient.)
SALT and PEPPER, to taste
1½ cups WATER
In a skillet, heat your oil on med. high heat. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida--the asoafoetida (also called "hing") is OPTIONAL. Stir until seeds brown and crack--this will happen really fast, so don't walk away from the skillet. Add garlic and continue stirring. Add chopped onions and hot pepper. Saute ingredients for 3-5 minutes.
Add turmeric, coriander, cumin, and chili powder. Stir thoroughly into onion mix.
Add quinoa and diced tomatoes.
Stir and allow skillet to come to a simmer.
Add chickpeas (rinsed and drained), salt to taste, and 1½ cups water. Bring skillet to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes (without stirring).
After the 15 minutes, stir in the garam masala. Using a fork, smash half the chickpeas in the skillet--this will add a nice texture to the dish.
Stir in the chopped cilantro.
And that's it. Chana Masala with a quinoa twist.
Hope you like it.
And for another tasty Indian inspired dish, try this Eggplant Curry Recipe.