Chickpea Tikka Masala

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Dinner in 30 min...

I think I have a personal problem with calling things 'Indian/Thai/whatever' as I'm half Thai and get slightly offended when people talk about 'Thai food' which isn't really Thai at all. I grew up spoiled with a Thai mom and her exquisite cooking skills so to make a long story short, I'll spare you from my complaining about the lack of authenticity when it comes to 'Thai'.  And granted I also have close to NO experience with Indian cuisine, and I bet you don't really care what I call it anyways.. I guess this is as close as I get to something masala like, haha.

Though the ingredient list is a bit lengthy, DO NOT be discouraged. This is the fastest and easiest dish EVER and comes together in less than 30 min.. #MomLife APPROVED, just sayin'.
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 15oz cans of chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 can coconut milk 8oz ( I use this and get mine here )
  • 1 18oz can of chopped tomatoes ( anything between 18-25oz will do)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger 
  • 1 medjool date ( remember to remove the pit 🤗)
  • 1 lage onion
  • 3 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp ground turmeric
  • dash of cayenne - or more 
  • White or brown rice
  • fresh cilantro 

TIPS:

  1. Always go for organic and when buying canned stuff and make sure it's a BPA free lining.
  2. When buying chopped tomatoes, check the ingredient listen. ( you always should). They often tend to add unnecessary preservatives and you CAN find them in glass at certain places with only ONE ingredient. TOMATOES! The brand below is the one I always get which is much cheaper at the store but if you can't find it... Amazon will help you :)
  3. Same goes for coconut milk. Most canned coconut milk contain thickeners and preservatives which serves no purpose. THIS brand is the closest you can get to the original flavor of coconut milk with only 1 ingredient. It can be found at almost all asian stores or amazon.

HOW TO:

  1. Roughly chop ( it will all go in the blender later) onion & ginger.
  2. Add onion, ginger and date (pit removed) to a pot and lightly saute till the onions become soft and translucent.
  3. add all your spices and give it a good stir.
  4. poor in the chopped tomatoes and let it simmer for 5 min. 
  5. transfer it all to a high speed blender and blend until smooth - 30 sec to a min ( be careful with the heat )
  6. transfer back in your pot 
  7. bring it back to a simmer and add coconut milk and stir
  8. add your chickpeas and let simmer for another 5 min and make sure to taste and add spices to your liking. It might need some salt or cayenne or who knows.. You know your tastebuds best 🤗 
  9. Serve with jasmine or brown rice and load up with some fresh cilantro :)

*I sometimes add red lentils to this dish and If you desire to try that out I will recommend adding the lentils first (step 8) and letting them cook through ( about 35 min stirring often ) BEFORE adding the chickpeas to make sure you don't over cook them. 

ENJOOOOY.. and make sure to tag me on IG if you try this recipe. I'd love to know what you think

❤ , Diana