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Quick and Easy Chana Masala + The Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway! {closed}

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Happy Earth Day! Happy Veg Week! In celebration of enjoying and protecting God’s beautiful creation (and my dad’s birthday, YAY!), I am most excited to announce a cookbook giveaway.

The publishers at Avery have been gracious enough to offer one of you your very own copy of the brand spankin’ new Oh She Glows cookbook by Angela Liddon (affiliate link). If you’re not familiar with Angela and Oh She glows (Angela’s vegan food blog), I encourage you to head on over right now and check it out. Oh She Glows has become one of the most popular vegan food blogs on the web–and not by accident. Because Angela has fought (and won) a battle with an eating disorder and an overall unhealthy relationship with food, she knows just how important simple, healthy, and flavorful meals are to vegans and non-vegans alike. For that reason, Angela focuses on using fascinating flavors and dramatic presentation to showcase the delicious simplicity of the plant-based plate.

For a great example of Angela’s unique approach to vegan cooking, check out this recipe for Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera or just scroll down to get the recipe for Quick and Easy Chana Masala–straight out of The Oh She Glows Cookbook (affiliate link).

And speaking of chana masala–this stuff is insanely delicious–like right out of an Indian restaurant delicious. (And I’ve traveled to India, so I know what awesome Indian food tastes like.)

I left out the serrano pepper in this recipe to avoid too much heat for kids, but it was still well-spiced and wonderful. Even my 23-month-old ate a few bites of this stuff (that’s saying ALOT, people). Best of all, the entire recipe only took a few minutes to throw together–perfect for a weekday lunch or dinner.

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As soon as I read the rave reviews of The Oh She Glows Cookbook, I went straight to Amazon (affiliate link) and ordered myself a copy, and I’m so glad I did. With stunning photography corresponding with nearly every recipe and simple, easy-to-read instructions, I think even the most amateur cook (like me!) would have no trouble making any one of these recipes.

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To enter this cookbook giveaway, simply visit the Oh She Glows vegan food blog, and let me know, in the comments below, which recipe(s) you are just itching to make and why. Giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday night (April 27th), after which a winner will be chosen at random. {This giveaway is now closed, but you’re more than welcome to continue leaving comments! Congrats to winner Purnima Barve!}

Official Giveaway Rules:

1. No purchase necessary. Simply follow the instructions above to enter.

2. Giveaway begins at midnight Tuesday night (April 22) and ends at midnight (CST) Sunday night (April 27th).

3. Must be 18 years old or older to enter and live in the United States (and in a state that allows giveaways of this type).

4. One entry per person.

5. Winner will be chosen at random–utilizing, and will receive an e-mail from me requesting his/her mailing address. That name and address will then be supplied to Avery, who will be awarding the prize of approximately $15 – $25 value.

4.6 from 5 reviews
Quick and Easy Chana Masala from The Oh She Glows Cookbook
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Spiced chickpeas and tomatoes served over hot basmati rice
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons (7 mL) cumin seeds
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 green serrano chile pepper, seeded, if preferred, and minced
  • 1½ teaspoons (7 mL) garam masala
  • 1½ teaspoons (7 mL) ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon (2 mL) ground turmeric
  • ¾ teaspoon (4 mL) fine-grain sea salt, plus more as needed
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 mL) cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 (28-ounce/793-g) can whole peeled or diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1 (28-ounce/793-g) can chickpeas, or 3 cups (750 mL) cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dry/uncooked basmati rice, for serving
  • Fresh lemon juice, for serving
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped, for serving
  1. In a large wok or saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles upon hitting the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cumin seeds. Stir and toast the seeds for a minute or two until golden and fragrant, watching carefully to avoid burning.
  2. Raise the heat to medium and stir in the onion, garlic, ginger, and serrano. Cook for a few minutes or so, then stir in the garam masala, coriander, turmeric, salt, and cayenne (if using), and cook for 2 minutes more.
  3. Add the whole peeled tomatoes and their juices and break them apart with a wooden spoon (skip if using diced tomatoes). You can leave some chunks of tomato for texture.
  4. Raise the heat to medium-high and add the chickpeas. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or longer to allow the flavors to develop.
  5. Serve over cooked basmati rice, if desired, and garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some chopped cilantro just before serving.
Tips: To thicken the tomato gravy, place a ladle of the curry in a mini processor and process until almost smooth. Stir this back into the curry to thicken.
For a grain-free option, serve the chana masala atop a baked potato.

Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.

This recipe reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.

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{ 37 comments… add one }

  • Lydia Claire April 23, 2014, 12:53 am

    The Chilled Double Chocolate Torte: The No-Bake Version looks delicious!

  • Corrine April 23, 2014, 12:55 am

    The Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal looks really good. =)

  • Alekx Aneiros April 23, 2014, 12:11 pm

    The party hardy cheese ball. We are vegan and gluten free at my house and her recipes rock.

  • Sara April 23, 2014, 2:57 pm

    I love Angela’s recipes! I want to make her Walnut Lentil Loaf.

  • Heather April 23, 2014, 5:40 pm

    The 15 minute creamy alfredo pasta looks fantastic and simple.

  • Kenny April 23, 2014, 6:29 pm

    Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera – Why? Pesto!

  • Lucia April 23, 2014, 6:30 pm

    That glowing green pasta primavera looks absolutely yummy! I really enjoy her blog too :)

  • Emerald April 23, 2014, 6:34 pm

    The Easiest 5 Ingredient Spelt Bread is going to be showing it’s face around here pretty soon!

  • Meredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent April 23, 2014, 6:53 pm

    I’d love to make the Cauli-power Fettuccine “Alfredo.” I have yet to find a good vegan creamy sauce recipe.

  • Terri Cole April 23, 2014, 8:22 pm

    I just had the Empowered Noodle Bowl last night and I need to make that Chana Masala ASAP, but the Lightened Up Protein Power Goddess Bowl is the recipe I’ve had pinned for awhile and most want to try.

    • Lindsay April 23, 2014, 9:40 pm

      I LOVE that empowered noodle bowl. I’d make it again tomorrow, but I’m out of soba noodles–might have to just use rice noodles instead. We’ll see. That Thai-spiced peanut sauce with veggies is calling my naaaame. Loudly.

  • Purnima Barve April 23, 2014, 8:36 pm

    Peanut Butter Balls.

  • Saniel April 23, 2014, 9:29 pm

    Almond butter and overnight oats

  • Sue Ruger April 23, 2014, 11:30 pm

    A Humble Lentil Stew is what I would feel comfortable making. As my husband and I retired, I have been trying to become a better cook using healthier choices.
    Home made bread and a pot of stew is right up our alley, inexpensive and satisfying. And the plus that we both like lentils. :)

    • Lindsay April 23, 2014, 11:43 pm

      Oh my…yes. I LOVE lentils. Jonathan’s favorite food is lentil soup. :)

  • Nina April 24, 2014, 3:25 am

    Flaked Almond Tuna Salad – under the Quick and Easy recipe tab. At times, I work long hours, so finding recipes that are quick and easy excite me! Especially when I’ve forgotten to make my lunch the night before. Also, being a new vegan (almost two years), it’s difficult to know on hand what I can mix up together quickly when I need to.

    • Lindsay April 24, 2014, 1:20 pm

      Oh yesss…I LOVE that recipe. Tried it.

  • Kelly April 24, 2014, 8:16 am

    I’m so excited to try the Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip — I think it will be perfect for sitting on the deck with a cool drink this summer!

  • Tonya April 24, 2014, 9:55 am

    I desperately want to try her Thai Sweet Potato Veggie Burger! It looks ridiculous!!!

  • Michelle April 24, 2014, 10:07 am

    Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera – Looks amazing!

  • Brenda April 24, 2014, 3:53 pm

    What I would really like to try is the Big Vegan Banana Split. However, if I could get my mouth to stop watering for a minute, I will probably go with the Kale Chips recipe. I haven’t made them in a few years, and would love to try her recipe. Greens for spring cleaning!!

  • Suzanne April 24, 2014, 5:09 pm

    I can’t wait to make her perfect veggie burgers bc just like she said, I get driven to near madness when I’ve tried recipe after recipe for veggie burgers and they don’t turn out. Thank you for your giveaway. I would be thrilled to own her cookbook and have not been able to purchase it.

  • Eunice April 24, 2014, 10:13 pm

    Recently in the market for a Vitamix and in love with her homemade almond milk recipe!

  • Denise April 25, 2014, 12:56 am

    Back on Track Wheat Berry and Bean salad sounds so healthy and filling – practically a one dish meal. I love beans and this would be a good way to use leftover wheat berries that I cooked for breakfast in my crockpot.

  • Hannah April 25, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Blueberry Almond Chia Squares look delicious

  • Jenny April 25, 2014, 3:34 pm

    I am itching to try the Baked Falafel Bites

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus April 25, 2014, 3:50 pm

    I LOVE Oh She Glows – pretty much want to make everything but for now I’d love to make her Smoky Butternut Squash Sauce with Pasta and Greens. I love love love butternut squash and wish it was in season all year round.

    • Lindsay April 27, 2014, 9:19 pm

      That sounds DELISH.

  • karen April 25, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Everything she does is so beautiful! I would love to try one of her kale salad recipes

  • Sara April 25, 2014, 10:31 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this cookbook recently and it’s hard to pick just one recipe I want to make! But I’ll definitely start with the apple upside down pancake and this chana masala! I’m crossing my fingers on this giveaway, thank you!!

  • Kari April 26, 2014, 9:45 am

    “The more veggies I eat, the more chocolate I can have”
    THOSE are some wise words.
    I’ve made the feel good lunch bowl a bunch of times and a bunch of different ways. I didn’t realize how good roasting veggies like cauliflower and broccoli was.
    I need need need to try one of her cookie recipes. For some reason I cannot not get my vegan cookies to turn out right. But with failure, comes learning.
    I also enjoy that her blog has a section specifically labeled ‘chocolate’ in the dessert section.

    • Lindsay April 26, 2014, 10:35 pm

      LOVE this. :)

  • Ashley April 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

    I would love to make the Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal!

  • Melissa April 26, 2014, 9:15 pm

    Oh this was a hard choice because it all looks SO delicious!! But, I’m going to go with the Smoky Butternut Squash Sauce with Pasta and Greens because I LOVE all things Butternut Squash! :)

  • Amy Rose April 27, 2014, 12:45 pm

    I am excited to make the Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal because I love carrot cake and love oatmeal!

  • Erin Bryk August 4, 2014, 7:25 am

    Although it seems very simple to make, The Moroccan Veggie Burgers look delicious! I’ve never made veggie burgers before, since it’s easy to just buy them at the store. However, these look 100 times better than store bought ones. Also, they seem a lot more nutritious.

  • Julie T. March 12, 2015, 12:02 am

    Thank you for posting this, the Channa Masala is SO good. I love the Oh She Glows webiste – I really need to get that cookbook!


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