Chana Masala

1 onion, sliced
5 cm piece ginger, peeled and roughly sliced
3 cloves garlic, roughly sliced
1 green chili pepper, roughly sliced
4 teaspoons creme fraiche
2 tablespoons coriander, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons oil
3-4 cans organic chickpeas
2 tablespoons passata


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan and fry the onion, ginger, garlic and chili pepper for 6-7 minutes until they are soft and golden brown. Put the mixture in a blender with 2 tablespoons of the chickpeas and the passata. Add 180-200 ml of water and blend into a smooth paste.

Heat the rest of the oil in the same pan over medium heat and add the fenugreek, five spice powder, bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Cook for 30-40 seconds.

Add the chickpea paste and fry for 1 minute. Add the turmeric, garam masala and cumin, along with 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander and salt to taste.

Stir in the rest of the chickpeas, add 100 ml of water, put the lid on the pan and let simmer for 5-6 minutes. Stir in the creme fraiche and the rest of the coriander and cook for 5 minutes until the sauce is thick and creamy.

Sprinkle with a little coriander and garam masala and serve swirled with a little extra creme fraiche.