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Chana Masala


Made with everyday store cupboard ingredients, this popular chickpea/garbanzo bean curry requires little effort – apart from frying the onion, you pretty much bung everything into the pot and let it bubble away. Spices are well known for the positive effect they have in supporting our gut health, while ginger is a superstar when it comes to aiding digestion.   Low 4–5 hours High 3–4 hours


Prepare the Chana Masala

1. Toast the cumin seeds in a dry frying pan/skillet for two minutes, tossing the pan/skillet occasionally, until they smell aromatic. Tip into a bowl and set aside.
2. Heat the oil in the frying pan/skillet over a medium heat and fry the onion for six minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another two minutes, stirring. Tip the onion mixture into the slow cooker pot with three-quarters of the toasted cumin.
3. Add the chickpeas/garbanzo beans, aquafaba, chopped tomatoes, chilli/hot pepper flakes and turmeric. Cover and cook for four to five hours on low or three to four hours on high. Twenty minutes before the curry is ready, add the ground coriander, garam masala, lemon juice or tamarind and spinach. Stir until combined, then cover and finish cooking.
4. Serve topped with a spoonful of yogurt, coriander/cilantro, slices of red onion and sprinkled with the remaining cumin, with flatbreads on the side.


Alternatively one can use 150 grams/ 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked.


From Healthy Vegetarian & Vegan Slow Cooker: Over 60 recipes for Nutritious, Home-Cooked Meals from Your Slow Cooker by Nicola Graimes, published by Ryland Peters & Small

Photography by Kate Whitaker © Ryland Peters & Small 2022

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