Tonight we celebrated Indian Food Wednesday à la  Mrs. Fitnessista!

A remake of a dish from one of my favorite restaurants in Richmond, an Indian food spot called Anokha.

Their channa masala is a go-to order off the lunch menu for me, and tonight I was totally craving it like no other 😀

Good thing (1) Fanatic Mom decided to come over to join in the dinner fun and (2) that I just happened to have most of the ingredients I needed to pull together my own version of this super-flavored dish!

Channa Masala

Serves 4

Ignore the curry powder, it didn’t make the cut lol 😛

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (seeds removed if you like)
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 box Pomi chopped tomatoes (26oz.) or any canned tomatoes you like
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tblsp coconut oil (or any oil you have on hand)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup brown rice (dry), cooked according to directions – to serve

If you’ve never cooked with coconut oil before, I’d highly suggest trying it. 

It lends a sweet flavor to any dish and has so many wonderful nutritional properties (which I’ve raved about before 😉 )

And don’t be scurred when you buy it…

It’s solid until it’s warmed a bit!  I can always tell if the house is warmer than it should be by the state of my coconut oil 😛

Cook the onion in coconut oil for about 15 minutes over medium heat. 

Then add the garlic & jalapeno, cooking for another 5 minutes or so.

At this point in go the tomatoes…

And the chickpeas, spices, and water.

I ended up adding the bit of cayenne pepper because the jalapeno, deseeded, just wasn’t spicy enough for our liking!

Gotta do what you gotta do 😉

The blend of spices I used was completely random and suited to our tastes, so you could really play with this and make it just how you like it!

Let simmer for another 5 minutes so it can thicken up a bit, then cover and turn heat down to low until ready to serve. 

I let mine go another 10-15 minutes until the rice was done cooking.

So incredibly fragrant you guys!! 

Ahhhh all the spices just blended with the sweet tomatoes & onions plus a kick of the cayanne was enough to kick it up just another notch, as uncoventional as it may have been to a typical channa masala 😛

Fanatic Mom compared it to the version served at Anokha, which I thought was a huge compliment… we devoured!

Cool, crisp salad to balance it out…

And another Wednesday bites the dust!

Time to go watch crappy reality tv get my “rest” – tomorrow is my Friday and then fun events in store for the upcoming long weekend 🙂

So ready for it!

What’s your favorite Indian dish?


  1. yay I’m so excited to make this tomorrow 🙂 I just got coconut oil about 2 weeks ago and I’m loving cooking with it. heard about it on Dr. Oz…and I pretty much do whatever he tells me to. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Gah I love Indian food so much. Looks delicious!

  3. looks delicious! what do you watch on Wednesdays? I only watch the Real World but I need some new shows!

    • Oh I definitely have been hooked into Real World too! That’s pretty much it for Wednesdays unless there’s an episode of Real Housewives of “fill in the blank” on too haha, so addicted to those! 🙂

  4. Mmm!!! I adore Indian food, and a channa masala is one of my favorite dishes!

  5. owww- today is your Friday? How awesome!! I’m sure I’ve told you before, but I had Indian food out once and had a baddd experience. I haven’t tried to hop back on the train since then. Your dish looks yummy though! Have fun this weekend

  6. LOVE Indian food – especially channa masala!!

    Happy weekend. 🙂

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