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Yummy Chana (Chole) Masala!

Chana Masala is one of my favorite dishes and I think I just figured out how to make it exactly how I like it. It is with great humbleness that I admit that I know I will never be able to make it like the culinary artist specializing in Indian food at Makkah on the Danforth (Toronto) but I'm happy to say I've come very close. No doubt, I'll continue to enjoy Makkah's delicious masala and keep on trying to distinguish what goes into that delicious celebration of flavors in my mouth. It's comfort food and because of the chickpeas, there are many benefits to eating this lovely dish, including lowering cholesterol.

The key to making chana is a good garam masala (Indian spice mix). Thank God for my beautiful mother in law, Dugra, who for the last 16 years has made sure I have always had a good supply of her special garam masala. Making it the traditional way, she skillfully combines spices like cumin, turmeric, coriander, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, fennel, chilly pepp…
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