Good and Cheap
The concept is simple, yet profound, even life-changing for some. A free, downloadable cookbook containing healthy recipes for those with extremely tight budgets. "Good and Cheap" author Leanne Brown created the cookbook as a guide, mainly for Americans utilizing SNAP/food stamp benefits. In it, she provides inexpensive ways to create delicious, nutritious meals for under $4 per day. When we learned about this amazing resource, we felt compelled to share it with our readers. Everyone deserves to live a healthy life and we root for people like Leanne Brown who help that belief come to fruition.
Check out her chana masala recipe below….we gave it a shot and it is INCREDIBLE. (See also: licking the bowl).
Chana Masala - Ingredients
- ½ tbsp ghee or ½ tbsp butter plus a splash of olive oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- ½ cup onion, diced
- 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tsp ginger root, grated
- ½ jalapeño, finely diced
- 3 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp cayenne powder
- ½ tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup canned tomatoes, puréed
- 2½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained
- ½ cup water
- Fresh cilantro & yogurt for garnish
- Let the ghee (clarified butter) melt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. (Ghee is the traditional Indian choice, but you can substitute butter and a splash of olive oil if you can’t find ghee.) Once the ghee begins to sizzle, add the cumin seeds and stir for about 5 seconds.
- Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the ginger and jalapeño and cook for 1 more minute.
- Add the spices and then the puréed tomatoes. Mix, then put a lid on the pan and let everything cook down for 5 to 10 minutes.
Once the tomato has reduced and the ghee starts to separate from the sauce, add the chickpeas and water. Mix, then bring it to a boil before reducing to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, then squish a few chickpeas with a spoon to thicken the sauce.
Garnish with yogurt and cilantro. For a full meal, serve over rice or with roti.
Recipe courtesy of : www.leannebrown.com