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I decided to make Chana Masala for dinner last night and it turned out amazing! We are trying to eat a more vegetarian based diet so this meal was perfect. It is also GF and Vegan. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


  • 2 cups of dried chickpeas
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1.5 inch of ginger
  • 2 green chilies (optional if you want more spice) 
  • bay leaves (a few)
  • cumin seeds (2 teaspoons)
  • Turmeric (a couple pinches)
  • garam masala (a couple pinches)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)



I used dried chickpeas and had them cooking in the slow cooker all day before making this. You can also used canned chickpeas if you like.

In a blender add the tomato, garlic, onion, ginger and green chilies to make a paste. Cut up all the ingredients into smaller pieces so that they are easier to blend. I add a small amount of water to also help.

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and bay leaves.

Once cumin seeds brown add turmeric, garam masala, salt and pepper. Cook on a higher heat and stir for a couple minutes.

Add the paste to the pan turning the heat to medium. You can add some more water to get the paste to a consistency that you like.

Add in the cooked chickpeas.

Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.

You can serve this dish with rice or an indian bread and garnish with cilantro 🙂