Fast and Easy Chickpea Tomato Stew That Packs in Fresh Flavor And Heat

Gourmet cooking in an instant. We show you how to make a classic Indian dish called chana masala - a gorgeous chickpea and tomato stew.

What takes something from good to great? Sometimes it's just the addition of one clever ingredient.

For Sufia who was raised in Queens, New York, starting a hot sauce company was never something she imagined for herself. But raised in a family where SE Asian cooking was the norm, Sufia transformed her familiarity with spice and flavor from the region into great food for cooking.

Made in New Jersey, Silly Chilly sources fresh ingredients from local farms whenever possible, and creates exciting hot sauces and condiments like her incredible spicy and sweet Mango Achar Pickle--the special ingredient in this Chana Masala recipe.

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Recipe for Chana Masala (Approx 30 minutes)

*Recipe adapted from Original on The Guardian

With rice and greens, serves 4 with some leftover.

What you need:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 fresh green chilies, sliced with seeds
  • 2 Tbsp oil (coconut, ghee or grape seed. Shop organic, responsibly sourced coconut oil and ghee on Treatmo)
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tsp of Maple Sugar (Shop farm direct maple sugar from Purinton Maple on Treatmo)
  • 1 28-oz can pureed or finely diced tomatoes (unsalted or salted)
  • 2 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained

Treatmo Tip: Prep your spicy blend (below) for the saute in advance

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 fresh green chilies, sliced with seeds

Puree your ingredients in a food processor or with large pestle and mortar and set aside.

Step 1 - For the pan (you'll only need one for this recipe)

Over medium heat, once pan is hot add:

  • 2 Tbsp oil (coconut, ghee or grape seed. Shop organic, responsibly sourced coconut oil and ghee on Treatmo)
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tsp of Maple Sugar (Shop farm direct maple sugar from Purinton Maple on Treatmo)

Step 2 - Add pre-prepped spicy blend to the pan

    Step 3 - Add tomatoes and chickpeas

    • 1 28-oz can pureed or finely diced tomatoes (unsalted or salted)
    • 2 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained

    Step 4 - Mix in coriander, chili and turmeric

    Step 5 - Heat to a boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes

    Mix in a teaspoon of Garam Masala once off the burner.

    The point is not to cook quickly and not overheat to get the most out of the nutrients. The liquid will evaporate if you cook for too long. Add a bit of water if it looks too thick. 

    Note: We didn't add any refined sugar to this recipe or extra salt! 

    Your spicy blend in the pan with onions, ghee and cumin.

    Your spicy blend in the pan with onions, ghee and cumin.

    Almost done -- add the Garam Masala to finish with a squeeze of lemon juice.

    Almost done -- add the Garam Masala to finish with a squeeze of lemon juice.

    Accompanied by Mango Achar Pickle by Silly Chilly, coconut basmati rice, coconut oil flash sautéed arugula. 

    Accompanied by Mango Achar Pickle by Silly Chilly, coconut basmati rice, coconut oil flash sautéed arugula. 

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    This meal is so easy and packs in the heat. And Achar, beyond adding a sweet contrast to the spiciness, is made as fresh as possible from this small food maker. Silly Chilly's recipe has a simple and clean ingredient list of apple cider vinegar, coriander, chili peppers, cardamom and of course, mango! 

    We made homemade yogurt mint sauce with cardamom and cumin that was a nice cooling addition to the hot food and greens, along with easy basmati coconut cardamom rice and chard with coconut oil and a dab of salt.. 

    Shop Silly Chilly Mango Achar on Treatmo iOS app and explore their mobile store front for hot sauces like chipotle. Order or gift and chat and share photos with friends in the app. 

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