When I first started blogging (long before attending culinary school), I taught myself how to cook by constantly experimenting. One of my favorite types of cuisine to experiment with was Indian food because of all the great spices and flavors you can play around with. I have always loved Indian food (and Indian culture for that matter)…and one of the first things I bought myself for my newfound love of cooking 7 years ago was a Masala Dhaba (pictured below). A Masala Dhaba is a little tin that contains all the major Indian Spices one needs to create authentic Indian food. Coriander, Cumin, Cumin Seeds, Turmeric, Garam Masala, Curry, and Fenugreek Seeds are what I keep in my Masala Dhaba, fresh and ready to be used!
Since I tend to use so much of these spices I buy them in bulk, and keep them in my freezer to keep fresh – and as my Masala Dhaba runs low on any given spice, I just refill as I go to ensure the freshness in flavor of these ingredients.
This dish, Chana Masala, is great because it’s made in 1 pan, it’s vegetarian (but could be made by adding chicken if desired), and it’s incredibly easy to make!
I served mine over Basmati Rice with a side of Baked Naan Bread (Indian Flatbread). I usually make my own naan from scratch – but last night I used Trader Joe’s Frozen Naan which you heat up in the oven for 2 minutes and it’s delicious!
A delicious Vegetarian Indian Dish served with Basmati Rice and Naan