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Dinner Tonight: Channa Masala

I've had so many boring versions of channa masala I was little flabbergasted when I came across a version that was delicately spiced, fragrant, and worthy of the spotlight. I was up on Devon Avenue in Chicago at Uru-Swati, an incredible vegetarian Indian restaurant on the north side of the city. I wanted this dish again, but I didn't want to have to make the drive. Could I make this at home?

Sort of. Though this wasn't quite right—it wasn't nearly as thick as it should have been—I still found myself really enjoying this recipe from Recipezaar. It's aromatic and spicy, and an easy vegetarian main when paired with rice. There are better ways, I'm sure. But for ingredients I just picked off my shelf, spice rack, and bottom of my fridge, it's hard to beat.

About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is a freelance writer in Chicago. He is the co-founder of The Paupered Chef and spends most of his time playing with the new cooking gadgets he got from his wedding.

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