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Slow Cooker Chana Masala, Southern Style {Vegan} http://wp.me/p4qC4h-3qZ

Slow Cooker Chana Masala, Southern Style {Vegan}

Simple, filling, and delicious. Scrumptious. Luscious. And coincidentally, insanely healthy. This flavorful Slow Cooker Chana Masala dinner simply must happen.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine chickpeas, crockpot, easy weeknight dinner, familymeal, Indiancuisine, masala, slow cooker, vegan, vegetarian
Servings 6


  • 3 15.5 oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 13.66 oz can coconut milk
  • 8 oz baby bella or white button mushrooms quartered
  • 2 large red potatoes 1/2-inch dice (with the skin)
  • ¾ cup Masala Paste recipe follows; freeze leftover paste for another meal!
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper
  • options for serving: basmati rice fresh diced tomato, sniped chives, toasted coconut, and additional red pepper flakes for desired heat

Masala Paste

  • 2 yellow onions
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1-1/2 inch piece fresh ginger skin removed
  • 3 Tbs garam masala
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 Tbs turmeric
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup Italian flat-leaf parsley or cilantro see note
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • juice of one lemon


  • Make the Masala Paste in a food processor. Transfer 3/4 cup to a slow cooker; freeze remaining for another use.
  • To the Masala Paste, add the remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6-8 hours at least until potatoes are tender. Serve over basmati rice, topped with fresh tomato, chives, toasted coconut, and additional red pepper flakes to taste for heat. Yields a bunch, like 6 servings.


I had a complete brain-fart at the store and got parsley instead of cilantro. Either would work, cilantro is more authentic, but this is really not a big deal here.

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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