Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chana Masala

Lately, I've been trying to eat more sophisticated food in an effort to make myself feel slightly more cultured. Fortunately for myself this task isn't hard, considering many nights I chow down a bowl of Raisin Bran for dinner. While I do love a heaping bowl of crunchy slightly sweet carbohydrates, girl cannot survive on Honey Nut Cheerios alone.

Tonight I threw together a pot of Chana Masala following the recipe found on Smitten Kitchen. I adore the simplicity of chopping everything up and tossing all the ingredients into a big pot. This uncomplicated process yields impossibly devine results. Also, I am falling in love with Indian food.

Chana Masala, or chole masala, is a popular vegetable dish in Indian cuisine. Main ingredients include chickpeas, tomatoes, and onion. In addition, similar to many Indian dishes, this creation is loaded with spices that add a lovely depth of flavor to the final product. I served the dish over cooked lentils and topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

Next on the menu is red kidney bean curry! I need to figure out how to make my own Naan soon...