Chana Masala, Saffron Rice, and Eggs

Sometimes I just want a meal with a lot of flavor and that makes me feel good. This is a quick dinner, as high flavor as it is in fiber and vitamins. It also makes a great set of left overs for lunch the next day!

Chana Masala


15 oz canned chickpeas

15 oz diced tomatoes (canned are fine)

1 white onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, crushed

4 c spinach

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 c Greek yogurt, plain (optional, do not use in vegan version)

1 T garham masala

1/2 T cumin

1/2 T sweet paprika

1 t red pepper, crushed

ground black pepper to taste



Use canola oil if you want to make this vegan, or butter or ghee if going for vegetarian. Heat 1 T of the fat of your choice in a large skillet. Add the diced onion and cook over medium heat until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute. Add in all the spices and stir until heated through and beginning to become fragrant. Add the carrots, celery, tomatoes and garbanzo beans. Simmer for 5 minutes. Then add in the spinach and stir until well mixed. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt if using.


Saffron Rice

1 c Jasmine rice

2 c water plus 2 T warm water

Several threads saffron

Dash salt


Place water in pan and heat. When warm, place 2 T into a mortar and pestle with the saffron. Add the rice to the water. Crush the saffron in the water and return to the pot. Add a dash of salt. Cover. When rice comes to a boil, turn down to simmer and cook until water is absorbed. Leave cover on pot for a few minutes to finish steaming rice.


Boiled Eggs

Everyone thinks they know how to boil an egg. Here is a surefire method for consistently getting perfectly cooked yolks and never rubbery or overcooked eggs.

Fill a sauce pot about 2/3rds full with water. Bring to a boil. Add your eggs only after the boil has been reached. Turn down the heat to keep the water at a gentle boil. Time for 10 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and run under cool water to stop the cooking.

Your eggs will be perfectly cooked and easily peeled.

If you are going to eat cold at a later time, reduce cooking time to 8:30.

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