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One-Pot Chana Masala

Kendra is a beast in the kitchen. She managed to churn out this recipe at the same time we were taking photos for another post AND she made brownies. #imnotworthy. My role was more of taste tester/get in the way/distract you while you’re measuring things. Play to your strengths, right?

Case in point: I tried to be “helpful” by asking if I could add the coconut milk, to which Kendra kindly obliged. It was only after I’d dumped in the entire contents of the can that I thought to ask how much the recipe called for. (Turns out? Not that much.)


Luckily, she was too busy to try and kill me and the recipe ended up the better for it: slightly sweet, creamy and comforting. We both agreed it was a win.

You say “mistake”, I say “recipe innovation”. Tomato/tomato.

5 from 1 vote

Chana Masala

Perfect for weeknights and this is-it-winter-or-is-it-spring weather, this one pot meal will warm you from the inside out.

Course Main Course

Cuisine Indian

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes


The Base

  1. 4-6 cups brown rice or quinoa

The Good Stuff

  1. 2 Tbsp coconut oil, for sauteeing

  2. 1 yellow onion diced

  3. 2 carrots diced

  4. 3-4 large tomatoes roughly chopped (include the juice!)

  5. Two 15 oz cans chickpeas drained and rinsed

  6. Two 6 oz cans tomato paste

  7. 15 oz can coconut milk or other non-dairy milk, but trust us-you want this stuff

Spice Mixture

  1. ½ teaspoon tumeric

  2. ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  3. 1 Tbsp fresh ginger grated

  4. 3 large cloves garlic minced

  5. 1 teaspoon cumin

  6. 1 teaspoon garam masala

  7. 1 teaspoon coriander


If you are using brown rice (our pick!) or quinoa as a base, cook according to package directions and set aside. First step=done!

Get all of your veggies chopped and ready to go. Seriously. Chopping one thing as you're trying to read this AND stir stuff in a pot? Safety hazard. Also go ahead and measure your spices out into a bowl or cup because you're going to need them soon and no one wants you spilling the whole jar into the recipe. Also, go ahead and open up all of the cans you'll need and rinse those chickpeas in a colander.

In a large pot or skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onions and spice mixture. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. This would be a good time to pour yourself a glass of wine because the hard work is almost over.

Add the garlic and wait about 30 seconds. Patience is a virture. Then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, chickpeas, carrots and coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the chickpeas and carrots are tender and soft. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Spoon a half a cup or so of rice and masala mix into a bowl. Garnish with fresh cilantro, parsley or rosemary.


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Hi, I'm Kendra

I am a qualified Montessori teacher and yoga teacher up to my ears in diapers, toy cars and the best kisses a mama can handle. I am passionate about connecting with moms and supporting each other on this journey of motherhood. I share family-friendly recipes, my pregnancy, postpartum and parenting journey, Montessori inspiration, and products we loveI am a South African living in the US with my hubby and two boys.

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