Good afternoon everyone!


I am so excited to share this next recipe with you all (goodness gracious, I have a line-up!).

As mentioned in a previous post, I stumbled across Angela Liddon’s (from Oh She Glows) recipe book in a Barnes and Noble and didn’t even blink before deciding I had to have it.

By far, this is one of my favorite cookbooks to find inspiration from, and pretty much everything I’ve made from it has been bomb-diggity.


And as I also mentioned before, I am a live-in personal chef in Boulder, Colorado right now, so the wonderful gentlemen I’m helping/feeding at the moment has really been enjoying the vegan-oriented dinners – especially this one.

Who doesn’t love a little spicy Indian food?



I promise you once you try this, you’ll love it is as well. It’s super easy, will wow everyone with its flavor, and is bursting with nutrition that, sadly, many who consume the Standard American Diet don’t receive… so many reasons to celebrate!

Bloom for Life and enjoy!


Quick Vegan Chana Masala

Recipe type: Main     Cuisine: Indian     Prep time:  20 mins

Cook time:  20 mins   Total time:  40 mins  Serves: 4

Quick and easy chickpea chana masala served over basmati rice. This spicy, hearty Indian recipe is vegan and gluten free. It makes great leftovers, too! Be sure to prep the ingredients in advance, as the recipe moves quickly.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin seeds (scale back a little if you’re not crazy about cumin)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pressed or minced fresh garlic (about 5 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger (about a 1-inch piece)
  • 1 green Serrano pepper, minced (seed it first if you want to tame the spice level)
  • 1½ teaspoons garam masala
  • 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¾ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, with their juices
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) chickpeas (or 3 cups cooked chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice, for serving (rice is optional, I like to cook extra rice to have on hand for other meals)
  • Lemon wedges, for garnishing
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnishing (optional)



  1. Cook the rice (if you want to serve the chana masala on rice): Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove. Pour in the rice and give it a stir. Boil the rice for 30 minutes, then turn off the heat and drain the rice. Return the rice to the pot and cover the pot. Let the rice steam for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, fluff the rice with a fork and season with sea salt to taste.
  2. Cook the chana masala: In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles upon hitting the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cumin seeds. Toast the seeds for a minute or two, stirring frequently, until the seeds are golden and fragrant. Watch carefully to avoid burning the seeds.
  3. Raise the heat to medium and stir in the onion, garlic, ginger and serrano. Cook for about five minutes, stirring often. Stir in the garam masala, coriander, turmeric, salt and cayenne (if using), and cook for two more minutes.
  4. Add the whole peeled tomatoes and their juices. Use the back of a wooden spoon to break the tomatoes apart. You can leave some chunks of tomato for texture.
  5. Raise the heat to medium-high and add the chickpeas. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or longer to allow the flavors to develop.
  6. Serve over basmati rice, if desired, and garnish with a lemon wedge or two and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.


  • Recipe adapted with permission from The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon.
  • This recipe makes for great leftovers! Store the rice, chana masala and garnishes separately for best results. Warm the rice and chana masala together, then garnish with fresh lemon wedges and cilantro. Leftovers should keep well for up to 4 days.
  • Though untraditional for chana masala, I think it would taste great with a generous splash of coconut milk for some creaminess.
  •   Partial Photo Credit goes to Angela Liddon and Kate from Cookie & Kate


Don’t you just want to gobble it up?! Luckily you can. Set aside 20-30 minutes and treat your wonderful self to this dish – oh, and your family too.

PS – Don’t forget to FOLLOW me (and in essence, Bloom for Life) on Instagram! That’s where I’m posting lots of sneak-peaks of recipes to come (like the photo above) before they are released.

Like Vegan Tacos. Yep – You Know You Want Some of THAT Action. (Below)


Other than that, have a gorgeous day, friend! As always, I’m working on, like, a list of 10 different projects that will hopefully be released in the near future. *Fingers Crossed*

You Deserve To Live A Life You Love! xo

Amanda Froelich