Easy Indian Meal: Channa and Saag Curry

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on November 14, 2011

Usually I love making things from scratch. I like the process of seeing separate ingredients come together into something delicious, kind of like a little masterpiece in my kitchen. But other times, I just want something healthy and nutritious that takes under 10 minutes to make.

This weekend was one of those times.

I was generally bored with my standard 10 minute meals for lunch, and I wanted something spicy that tasted like it had been slowly cooked for hours without me having to stand there and cook it for hours.

Enter: Channa and Saag curry that I ate with Naan and Yogurt.

Can you believe the photo above is of a 10 minute meal? Thanks to a little bit of creativity and a lot of frozen ingredients, I made it happen. Trader Joe’s played a big part too – thanks Trader Joe’s πŸ™‚

The Ingredients:

  • 1 package Trader Joe’s frozen Channa Masala
  • About 1 cup frozen organic spinach
  • 1/2 piece of Trader Joe’s frozen Regular Naan (their Garlic Naan is great too)
  • 1 single serving of 0% Greek Yogurt
Here’s what the Channa Masala and Naan look like if you haven’t seen them before:

The Directions:
Heat up the Channa Masala in the microwave according to the package directions. Empty into a bowl and add in the spinach. Microwave again for 1-2 minutes until everything is warm and combined.
Serve with Naan and Yogurt. The entire process won’t take more than 10 minutes, I promise!
I love how fluffy and soft the naan gets once you heat it up – it tastes like what you’d get in a good restaurant.
The Greek Yogurt balanced out the dish perfectly, since it was cool and creamy to counteract the spiciness of the curry.
The thing that I love about these frozen foods is that they’re all-natural – no weird preservatives involved. And they have pretty good stats: 1 huge piece of naan has 180 calories, 3g fiber and 4g protein. The entire box of Channa Masala (which is a lot especially once you add the spinach), is 360 calories with 10g fiber and 10g protein.
I ended up having 1/2 a piece of naan (~100 calories) + 3/4 of the saag/channa mixture (~270 calories) + 1 serving greek yogurt (90 calories). All in all, it was an extremely filling and satisfying lunch, and it really did taste like it had been cooked for hours on the stove. Success!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey@Lindselicious November 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I love this kinda “cooking” sometimes we just dont have time to make elaborate meals. Love the calorie count too. =) Definately going to add this in my rotation too.


Spice Sherpa November 15, 2011 at 5:11 am

I saw the “10 minutes” and clicked over here as fast as possible. Yes, I’m totally with you that sometimes you just want something convenient without sacrificing health. You nailed it here. We have Wegmens, not Trader Joes, but will be getting a TJ next year! I’ve done similar things with pre-made green curries. Can’t remember the name but there is a jar I get at the co-op and there are all of 7 ingredients listed: all of which I’d find in my own kitchen.


Lauren November 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

Gotta love Trader Joe’s. Their naan is the best!


Andy November 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I made this meal over the weekend, minus the greek yogurt. It was very good!


Maribeth @ LOVEmyHANDLES November 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Ah, I’ve been wanting to try the Chana Masala from TJ’s, but was afraid it wouldn’t taste authentic or would be too Americanized.


anjalim November 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I was worried about that too – but I can definitely vouch for it’s authentic-ness! πŸ™‚


Casey January 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Just made this for lunch today! Absolutely delicious! Thank you for the recipe!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Yay!! So glad to hear it! πŸ™‚


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