WhenI went to Prague last summer,I brought reading material that consisted almost entirely of food writing.One of the books was Molly Wizenberg's自制的生活,她在书中描述，among other things,the role that food played in her courtship with her former partner,Brandon.
有许多关于在饭后发展亲密关系的甜蜜轶事：对在晚餐时挖一个黄油面betway必威体育平台包和切成片的萝卜的前景感到共同的兴奋，自发的晚餐色拉变成了盛宴。My personal favorite is Molly's ode to Brandon's chana masala.Ina 2006 blog post dedicated to the recipe,她写道，,
我的肯定不是第一个制造香娜玛萨拉的人，nor does he have any sort of pedigree—ethnic or otherwise—to lend him an air of authority in Indian cookery,but he does have a palate,and a very precise one at that.
Precise,也许吧，但这并不是以一种让自己成为文档的方式。Wizenberg开玩笑说她喜欢betway必威体育平台遵循和转录食谱，必威体育布兰登靠触摸做饭，嗅觉，感受。I fall into Molly's camp—a recipe follower at heart,instinctive only through practice (heh)—which makes me glad that she's recorded Brandon's approach to this well known dish.I've been making it since last summer,and it's a keeper.
最近,it's often easier to let something simmer in my slow cooker than to keep an eye on it over a burner.If it slow cooks,I have a chance to dash outside for errands or to focus on coursework for the DI intently,当我知道炉子上有东西的时候，这对我来说是不可能的。
So,last weekend,as a part of my usual batch cooking frenzy,我决定尝试调整香娜玛萨拉的食谱，使之适合慢锅。It felt almost irreverent,正如布兰登的食谱，莫莉说，以其自发性和分步性定义，taste-based adjustments.The recipe also starts with caramelized onions,which is a step I didn't preserve.
大多数情况下，虽然，我保持了比例和香料的完整性。I sautéed my onions,如果不花时间把它们焦糖化，在允许慢锅做它的事情之前。这绝大部分不是我的慢炊具风格，the whole appeal of the device is the fact that I don't have to sauté or closely watch anything—but here I think it does make the recipe better.我给你一个选择：在洋葱加入慢锅之前，先把它稍微变成褐色，or not.无论哪种方式，香娜玛莎拉都会尝到浓郁的味道。
This decision aside,这是一个非常简单的食谱。I used my slow cooker to cook chickpeas from dry beforehand (I usually do this followingAlton Brown's instructions,on the high setting for 3 1/2 hours or so),but canned chickpeas will work nicely,也是。随意添加更多或更少的香料以适应您的口味，especially if you know how you like chana masala or a similar dish to taste already.这种修改肯定会保持原有菜肴的精神。
|Simple Slow Cooker Chana Masala||
- 2 tablespoons neutral flavored vegetable oil (such as grapeseed or refined avocado)*
- 3 cloves garlic,剁碎的
- 1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger,or ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 28-ounce can whole,去皮西红柿
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ½-1 teaspoon salt,or to taste (I use 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt)
- 一撮辣椒粉，or to taste
- 1½ cups water (more as needed)
- 服务：纯素食酸奶，fresh cilantro,米饭，homemade naan orchapati
- 可选的: heat the oil in a frying pan or skillet over medium heat.Add the onions.Sauté the onions till they're gently browning,betway必威体育平台about 7-8 minutes,不断搅拌。Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Transfer the onions and garlic to your slow cooker.Add the tomatoes,然后用勺子或土豆捣碎机在慢锅里把它们捣碎。加入剩余的成分。(Alternately,if you don't want to sauté the onions and garlic,begin by crushing the tomatoes in the slow cooker,then add the rest of the ingredients.)
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours,or on low for 6-8 hours.** If the mixture is too thick for your liking,you can thin it with additional water.Taste and adjust salt.发球。
**如果您不想使用慢锅或没有慢锅，用大平底锅或大平底锅将洋葱和大蒜炒熟，deep skillet.按照说明加入番茄和其他配料。Bring the mixture to a boil,reduce the heat to low,封面，and simmer for 20 minutes.揭开盖子再炖5分钟。Taste,adjust salt,and serve as desired.
In Molly's recipe post,她注意到，,
香娜玛萨拉有两种不同的口味：半杯全脂牛奶酸奶，使口味柔顺。or sans yogurt,served with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of fresh cilantro.I prefer the former,but Brandon leans toward the latter.Either way,this dish is even better the second—or third—day.
She's so right betway必威体育平台about the leftovers being better as they age.I also agree that it's lovely served either with or without yogurt;the former is less traditional but more mild,the latter spicier.我可以走任何一条路，我倾向于根据我的心情来改变。
As for serving,I almost always pile the chickpeas over brown rice,但是上个周末我碰巧有一些自制干酪in the freezer,所以我决定加一些楔子，还有这道菜，真可惜没有什么东西可以把每一颗豆子都挖出来！!
I'm so excited to have some of the masala now in my freezer for next week,and to have savored it pretty regularly in the last month.非常感谢莫莉成为我的主食，new cooking method aside.我希望你会喜欢的，too,and look forward to circling back at the end of this long week for the usual roundup.