Chana Masala (Indian Chickpea Curry)

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1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium onions, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 fresh, hot green chili pepper, minced
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenned pepper (or less for milder)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1 tablespoon amchoor powder (or extra lemon—see below)
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 cups tomatoes, chopped (or 1 15-oz. can of whole tomatoes with its juice, chopped small)

2/3 cup water
4 cuips cooked chickpeas (or 2 15-oz. cans chipeas, drained and rinsed)
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice of 1/2 lemon (or 1 lemon, if no anchoor powder, above)

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic, ginger and pepper and sauté over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium-low and add the coriander, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, cumin seeds, amchoor (if using it), paprika and garam masala.

Cook onion mixture with spiced for a minute or two, then add the tomatoes and any accumulated juices, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the pan. Add the water and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, then stir in salt and lemon juice.

Serve with basmatic (or other) rice.

Source: Jackie Sojico (from