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Gerla de Boer Vegan recipe

Chana Masala starter

  • Author: Gerla de Boer
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: starter
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


The inspiration for this starter is from one of my local favourite Indian restaurants, Navadhanya. The chana masala is part of their tasting menu, which I highly recommend.


  • 150 gram cooked Flamingo peas
  • prepare the Flamingo peas 7 hours before you start this recipe 
  • how to prepare Flamingo peas –  instructions
  • 1/3 Chana masala recipe from Rick Stein
  • springs of coriander for decoration
  • 1.5 tbs Greek or coconut yoghurt 
  • 1/2 ts honey
  • pinch of salt
  • liquid tamarind for decoration


  • put a few peas on the side to use for decoration
  • make the Chana Masala ( use 1/2 a tin plum tomatoes for this recipe and mash the tomatoes). Make sure it is well spiced as the heat of the sauce will tone down as it is served cold.
  • put the Flamingo peas in the finished sauce, transfer it to a container and chill it at least for 1 hour before serving
  • mix the yoghurt, honey and salt and put on the side
  • decorate the plate with liquid tamarind ( stripes)
  • put a timbale shape on a plate, fill it with the Chana masala and push it down.
  • use a slicer to lift it on the plate and remove the timbale shape
  • put the sweet yoghurt on top of the Chana masala and spread it out, so it covers the top
  • garnish it with Flamingo peas and coriander 
  • put the liquid tamarind in a squeeze bottle and decorate the plate


If you don’t have Flamingo peas, you can use chickpeas.

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