I realized the other day that I’ve batch cooked this meal about 2x a month this year and I see zero reason to slow down.
My love for Chana Masala is new-ish, originating about 5-6 years ago during my years as a vegetarian/pescatarian. If you are unfamiliar, chana masala is an Indian dish in which the main ingredient is chickpeas and is usually combined with tomatoes, onions, ginger, and a load of spices.
As I’ve been making this dish for awhile now, I have made some upgrades to add to its health benefits, including some gut healing probiotic all-stars.
With 25-30 grams of fiber in just one cup of chickpeas, a serving of this can get you to your daily fiber (aka, prebiotics) intake goal of 30 grams. Swap out the brown rice with cauliflower rice and your fiber intake will be even higher.
If the above fiber intake wasn’t enough, alliums are loaded with prebiotics as well, and this recipe has two servings- garlic and onion. You will be getting all kinds of prebiotics with this meal, the key to healthy digestion and a smoothly running gut.
Ok, this is where I changed things up a bit. This chana masala is served best with some full-fat greek yogurt to balance the acidity. But to add even more flavor and some healthy bacteria, we mix in apple cider vinegar and some raw sauerkraut, boosting the probiotic bacteria content even more. Three probiotic sources in one meal!
As if all of this goodness wasn’t reason enough, the spices included in this recipe are anti-inflammatory, making it great for your overall health.
Getting this recipe in once a month will do great things for your gut and digestion, and you might find it to be as deliciously addictive as I do!
Makes about 4 large servings, takes about 30 minutes
*If you want a grain-free option, swap the brown rice for cauliflower rice. Cook cauliflower rice according to package.
Naturally gluten free and vegetarian.
Make vegan by using vegan yogurt.
Meal Prep Tip- This is the perfect recipe for meal prepping as it will get even better as it sits in the spices. Double the size and portion appropriately. Warm up the masala and rice when you want to eat it, drizzle with the lemon juice and top with the yogurt/cilantro mixture.