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Lily's Recipe For Channa Masala

Ashton's hidden gem shares the recipe for their top-selling dish

Published on May 13th 2014.

Lily's Recipe For Channa Masala

SOMETIMES the simple dishes are the best. At Lily's, the much-praised vegetarian Indian restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne, their customers' favourite is the humble chickpea curry, Channa Masala.

Lily's is full of dishes like this – authentic, vegetarian Indian food that shows you don't need expensive ingredients to make something special

A few basic ingredients, a handful of spices and fresh coriander combine to create a homely, wholesome dish that grows on you with every mouthful. It's the kind of thing you find yourself craving when you're tired and hungry, and one that's happily very easy to create at home (recipe below).

Lily's is full of dishes like this – authentic, vegetarian Indian food that shows you don't need expensive ingredients to make something special. Their chefs are from four different region of India and each has brought their own recipes and cooking styles to Lily's. The result is a culinary tour of the country, taking in its most popular street food, snacks, sweets, soups and curries.

And it's all good stuff. Lily's was recently nominated for the 'Cheap Eat' award at Manchester Food and Drink Festival, and it won Tameside Food and Drink Festival's Outstanding Achievement Award.

The channa masala at Lily's is just £5  - go and try it. And while you're there, we recommend you stock up on the ingredients to make your own at the ASM Grocery next door. This store is owned by the same family as Lily's and sells fruit, veg and a huge range of cook's ingredients for Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Italian food, at bargain prices.

If you're a fan of Indian food, whether cooking it or eating it, Lily's and ASM Grocery are well worth a visit.

Lily's is situated just opposite the tram station in Ashton-under-Lyne. There's free parking outside. Find out more at our Lily's pages.

Recipe for Channa Masala

All ingredients are available to buy at ASM Grocery

1 can chickpeas

Half a can chopped tomatoes

Half a diced onion

2tbsp olive oil

Fresh lemon juice to taste

1tsp vindaloo paste

1tsp coriander powder

1tsp cumin powder

1tsp turmeric powder

Half a teaspoon of salt

1tsp tomato puree

Coriander for garnish


1.  In a pan sautee onions in olive oil until soft, for 3-5 minutes.

2.  Add the chopped tomatoes, all the spices, vindaloo paste, tomato puree and lemon juice and let cook for about 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

3.  Add chickpeas and let cook for another 10-15 minutes.

4.  Garnish with coriander.

5.  Serve with warm pitta bread or jeera rice.

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