a perfectly rainy, fall day

I love rainy fall days.

I love the intoxicating smells of wet leaves on the grass.

I love running in the rain.  In my shorts.  In 60 degree weather. 


I love rainy fall days.

I love feeling water pour through my sneakers.

I do realize, FYI, that this isn’t exactly normal.  But somehow this sensation brings me back to being a little 7 year old, running through puddles and dancing in my bathing suit with my older brother and sister.  I guess that little girl never left me.

But perhaps best of all, I love to come home.  Dry up.  Throw on some comfy clothes.  Blare the country music station. 

Throw on my apron and make dinner happen.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I see a recipe once on a food blog, I usually make a mental note of it.

When I spot that same recipe twice, I save it to my favorites. 

 But when I see the recipe three (or four!?!) times, I throw up my hands in surrender and I make it. 

While there seems to be a lot of steps to making Channa Masala, it’s actually quite easy to make.  This dish came together in 30 minutes, start to finish.  The rice–which took 40 minutes–was the most time consuming part of the entire meal.  😉

Here are a few things to keep in mind while making it…

(1) Despite what people tell you, you can use dry ginger in place of the fresh.

If you have the fresh stuff, use it.  You’ll notice a difference.  But if you’re like me and don’t happen to have any fresh ginger in supply, this will work out just fine.

(2) Always test your jalapeno peppers before using them.

A wise person once told me that not all jalapenos are made equal.  Some will be ‘burn-your-mouth’ hot, and others will be as mild as a sweet bell.  You really have to taste a small peice to see what you’ve got. 

Today, mine was x-tra spicy, so I deseeded and only used half. 

…oh yeah, and always cut the spicy jalapenos small.  Especially if you’re sensitive to heat like me. 😉

(3) Know when to use real butter.

There are times when olive oil makes a wonderful substitute.  Most times, actually.  But then there are times when only real butter will do.  This was one of those times.

(4) Learn patience.

I have a hard time with this one.  I would cook onions in a minute if I could.  But you’ll get the sweetest, most mouth watering onions, when you practice your patience and let them cook.  Slowly.

(5) Measure out your ingredients ahead of time.

This saves you the stress of trying to throw random spices in at a minutes notice. 

(6) Have fun!

I consider this to be the most important step.  Never overlook it. 😉

I served the Masala over brown rice and topped it with the squeeze of a fresh lemon.

A side of kale chips was set out in the middle of the table.  Completely up for grabs by any and all.

Today really was such a perfectly rainy, fall day. 😀

Channa Masala—(serves 4)
as seen on Eat, Live, Run

  • 2 15 ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 inch knob ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 2 tbsp butter

In a large cast iron skillet, heat the butter. Once melted, add the onions and cook for about 15 minutes on medium low heat, or until golden brown.

Once the onions have caramelized, add the garlic, ginger and jalapeno and stir well. Cook for about two minutes or until it starts to smell like heaven on earth.

Add the tomato paste and pince, using above photos as an example. This is very important and if you don’t do it right your dish is pretty much doomed. No pressure.

Add the coriander, cumin, cayenne and tumeric and stir well. Then add the diced tomatoes, chickpeas and garam masala.

Cook for about five minutes or until the chickpeas have heated through. Finish with a squeeze of lemon and top with plain yogurt and cilantro if desired! 

Question: Rainy fall days—yay or nay?


16 thoughts on “a perfectly rainy, fall day

  1. I think I have to make this now.. because I’ve seen it about four times as well 🙂 It must be just as great as it looks! Plus, I’ve been itching to actually cook with all the spices in my cupboard rather than just fear them. Haha.

    I love Fall days.. not so much the rainy ones. I actually hate having water in my shoes too 😛

  2. Definitely a rainy day or light drizzle, but primarily in the Fall season for me. And, it has to be 60 degrees or lower with some wind…

    That’s a great day to make some chili and watch football!

    You took some really nice pictures – thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Yay!

    I saw that recipe too and it looked divine. Seeing it on your blog makes it two times that I’ve seen it. I think I’ll give up on 2 and just make it!! Lol!

  4. Nay !!!! im looking out on the rain now as i type 😦 i dont like it, especially when i dont have my own car and im not as “running in the rain” inclinced as you are 🙂 but that meal looks really good!

  5. I made that recipe a few months ago and LOVED it! It’s so easy and flavorful!!

    And I love rainy days, but not when I have to walk around campus in it. Bleh :-/

  6. Definitely love rainy fall days! Especially when I’m not at work 🙂
    PS – I love your dinner. I make a similar kind of chickpea curry and kale chips as well.

  7. I love rainy days – but only in the summer. We don’t really get rainy fall days in CO – because the rain = snow once it’s October. 🙂 I can’t really complain, because I love snow at the beginning of the season, too.

    Your dinner looks amazing!

  8. Love rainy Fall days. Love them. Your recipe looks great. My husband and I took a trip to the UK this summer, and we ate some of the best Indian food we’ve ever had. Since then, we’ve been experimenting w/cooking Indian food @home. Can’t wait to try this.

  9. I love to run in the rain too! (as long as it’s warm out, 35 and rain isn’t as fun). It’s a lot of fun, you are right its like being a little kid again. 🙂
    I also noticed your shoes, I think I had the same pair twice! but not in a good way both times after about 2 or 3 months I rubbed a hole in the back along the upper part of my heal and it gave me a really bad blister. I did notice the hole either time until I was in the middle of a run. They did replace the shoe the first time but after the 2nd I just gave up and bought a different brand of shoe. Hopefully it won’t happen to you but I was very annoyed.

  10. I’d have to say nay for the most part, but I’m always glad to hear that you enjoy them. I find that I’m much less motivated on rainy days than sunny ones – a sunny day makes me want to work on all kinds of projects.

    I love chana masala. And most other vegetarian Indian food options.

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