This spiced chickpea mixture is delicious served with plain rice or, better yet, perfectly cooked basmati rice. Like most Indian food, Chana Masala is even more flavorful when prepared a day or two in advance.
|1||1-inch piece||fresh ginger, minced|
|1–2||green chilies, seeded and minced*|
|1/4-1/2||teaspoon||red chili powder**|
|2||cups||chopped tomatoes, drained***|
|3||15.5-ounce cans||garbanzo beans, drained|
|* Use Thai or Serrano chilies. The heat of chilies changes with the seasons, so use your judgment when adding them.
**Heat is a personal preference. Start with 1/4 teaspoon and add as desired.
***Use canned tomatoes from Modena, Italy or Pomi brand tomatoes found in fine grocery stores—their flavor is superb!
**** Amchur powder is made from dried green mangoes and is available online at ecommerce stores like http://www.namaste.com, or at Indian grocery stores. You may delete it from the recipe if unavailable to you.