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Jan 17, 2007 04:19 PM

ISO Indian recipe involving chickpeas and garam masala

I know there must be one, the name's just escaping me at the moment.

Does anyone have a good recipe, or at least a name?

I have some chickpeas/garbanzo beans soaking in water at the moment.

I have garam masala powder.

In the kitchen, there are the usual suspects: carrots, tomatoes, onions, yogurt, dried and fresh chilis, etc.

What can I whip up as a side for butter chicken?

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    1. I don't have a recipe offhand, but are you thinking of chana masala?

      1. As already said, chana masala is probably what you're looking for. If you google it, you'll find tons of recipes.

        For a side I'd stir-fry some greens, very simple, to cut the richness of the chicken. Serve with some nice Indian bread and you'll have a feast.

        1. Not using chick peas or garam masala, but another great side dish for butter chicken is spiced spinach.
          saute a chopped onion, a crushed garlic clove, about a tsp of turmeric and 2 tsp of cumin seeds in some butter or ghee, until they're golden in color(although the turmeric makes everything golden lol)
          add 2 lbs fresh washed spinach and cover tightly, cook for about 5 minutes shaking the pan often, then uncover and cook until all the liquid is gone and the spinach is done.. salt and pepper and there you go.

          1. I think the really nice chana dal recipe in the Aussie Women's Weekly Indian cookbook has garam masala.