Channa Masala {Frugal Recipes}

by Jess on June 12, 2013

Channa-Masala-RecipeIf you are looking for a high protein, low cost meal and you like ethnic flavors, this may be the dinner for you!  We tend to go meatless several times a week to save money and this is a healthy meal that’s rich in flavor.  My kids love it and I love the fact that it’s great for my wallet!  Don’t let the name scare you off, this is a delicious option to add into your weekly menu rotation!


  • 2  Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic,  minced
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp  paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp  curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (no salt added)
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups brown or jasmine rice
  • cilantro (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. In your slow cooker, combine all your ingredients with the exception of the brown rice and cilantro
  2. Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours until the onions and sweet potatoes are tender.  The longer this cooks, the richer the flavor
  3. Cook your brown rice according to directions
  4. Serve your Channa Marsala over a scoop of rice and top with fresh cilantro and crushed red pepper

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Jess left her job to pursue her dream: changing diapers, cleaning the house, doing dishes, getting tons of sticky kisses, teaching and exploring with her two girls on the New England coast. She enjoys sharing her life - crafting, creating, parenting, venting and cooking on her blog Barefoot by the Sea.


Susan June 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Looks good! Just a note. It should be Masala not Marsala. Marsala is Italian. This is Indian Masala.

Mackenzie June 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Opps! Got to love Auto Correct when I was posting this!

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