Channa Masala

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Channa Masala

My husband was in India a few months back and our friends sent him home with a suitcase full of spices.  I decided to make a dish with some of my favorite ingredients chickpeas and peas.  Traditionally this dish is not prepared with green peas but I love them so they were added and I loved every bite!  

I have to admit that these spices are not used often in my kitchen and the combination was a little hot " spicy hot" for me but I still enjoyed it very much.  I will defiantly make it again.

I also made a batch of my Paleo Naan Bread to dip in the sauce and what a super yummy dish!  



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green chile pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon gram masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
  • 1 cup frozen peas, petite
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a large sauté pan over medium heat add in the oil.  Once hot cook the onion, red peper and chili pepper for about 2-3 minutes then add in garlic, chili powder and bay leaves.  Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes stirring often to combine all of the ingredients.

  2. Pour in chicken broth or water and bring to a boil.  Stir to create a thick gravy then reduce temperature and add in chickpeas and peas to warm through.

  3. Top with fresh parsley and enjoy with my Paleo Naan Bread!

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