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!
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?