Easy Channa (Chick Pea Curry)

Courtesy of Indira.


1 medium onion, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 tbs canola oil
2 tsp Indian curry powder
3 tbs tomato ketchup
30 oz can chick peas (garbanzos)
1 bunch coriander leaves (cilantro), de-stemmed and

----- optional -----

2 inch stick cinnamon
6 cloves, crushed
4 cardamom pods, crushed


Although this is not absolutely authentic, it's quick (unlike most Indian dishes), and easily made for a delicious approximation of the real thing. Adding the optional ingredients helps the flavor, but a quick-and- dirty onion-garlic-curry powder-ketchup-chick peas version isn't too bad, either.

Fry the onions in oil at medium-high heat until golden and translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, fry for a minute. Add cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, fry for a minute (until the kitchen begins to smell really good). Now add the curry powder to the onions, fry for a minute or two. As the mixture begins to stick, add the ketchup to make it more pliable. Keep on frying for about 5 minutes, stirring fairly constantly.

Once this

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