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Slow-Cooker Chana Masala

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Slow-Cooker Chana Masala
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6
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Come home to dinner! Have this easy twist on the traditional Indian dish, Chana Masala, waiting for you when you walk in the door.

Ingredients

Chana Masala

1
can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, undrained
2
cans (19 oz each) chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1
tablespoon olive oil
2
cups chopped onions (2 large)
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
jalapeño chile, diced
1
tablespoon grated gingerroot
2
tablespoons curry powder
2
teaspoons paprika
1
teaspoon garam masala
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1
lime, cut into 6 wedges

Serve With, If Desired

Hot cooked basmati rice or naan

Directions

  • 1 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add tomatoes and garbanzo beans to slow cooker.
  • 2 In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions; cook until onions begin to soften. Add salt, jalapeño chile and gingerroot. Cook 1 minute. Stir in curry powder, paprika, garam masala and red pepper until fragrant and spices begin to brown. Add spice mixture to slow cooker.
  • 3 Add 3 tablespoons water to same skillet; beat with whisk to remove all spices and browned bits left in pan; add to slow cooker. Stir. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or on High heat setting 2 to 3 hours.
  • 4 Serve with lime wedge and rice.
Tips  

Stir 3 cups baby spinach leaves into the Chana Masala after it is finished cooking. Cover; cook 10 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.

Basmati is the traditional rice served with Chana Masala; however, feel free to use your favorite rice. If you are in a time crunch, look for bags of frozen cooked rice in the frozen vegetable section of your grocery store.

The spice level of this dish will depend on the size and spice level of your jalapeño chile. If you really like things spicy, increase ground red pepper to 1/2 teaspoon.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
60
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
10%
(
Saturated Fat
1/2g
4%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
680mg
28%
Potassium
550mg
16%
Total Carbohydrate
44g
15%
(
Dietary Fiber
12g
47%
,
Sugars
6g
)
Protein
11g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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