Glamping: Vegan Chana Masala - A delicious, fast, camping friendly meal

Glamping: Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

 

Glamping: Vegan Chana Masala - A delicious, fast, camping friendly meal

Glamping: Chana Masala

“Glamping”– or, Glamour Camping– is the perfect way to enjoy time ‘with nature,’ while still feeling happy and full at the end of the day.  This series of “Glamping” recipes will focus on cooking outdoors, with recipes as exciting and fulfilling as your camping trip.  

A few months back, the husband started gushing about nature.  That’s right, he wanted to go camping.  To be more specific, he wanted to go on an epic, multi-week, national park-hopping, cross-country hiking and camping trip.  While I admitted that this sounded amazing (and exhausting), I had never been camping before.  Ever.  That’s right– he was taking this city-diva into the wilderness.  To be honest, I wasn’t incredibly worried about sleeping in a tent, or showering in a bath-house, or getting a little dirty.  My main worry was, you guessed it– the food!  I assumed (correctly, I might add), that a lot of the national parks are fairly isolated, with limited restaurant access.  We decided, of course, to go anyway and make it work.  What followed was a whirl of food planning, trip planning, and then eighteen days of driving, hiking, and delicious campground cooking.

This Chickpea Curry (or Chana Masala) was one of my favorite campground meals, because it is FAST.  It’s ready, start to finish, in about 20 minutes, and will leave you feeling full and satisfied.  None of the ingredients need to be refrigerated, so if you’re planning on hiking all day, you don’t need to find a way to keep anything cold while you’re gone.

Gathering Ingredients + Equipment

To start with, gather all the ingredients and equipment before you leave for your camping adventure.  For Chana Masala,  you’ll need a camping cook-stove, a cast iron or stainless steel skillet, a small metal turner or spatula, a saucepan with a lid (for the rice), a measuring cup (for the rice), a cutting board, a knife, and then bowls and spoons (or plates and forks) to eat it all with.  You’ll also need some pre-mixed tandoori masala spices (I like the tandoori masala spice mix from Whole Foods), garlic powder,  olive oil, canned chickpeas, canned fire roasted tomatoes, and an onion.  Bring along some instant rice to serve with the curry.  You could, of course, bring jasmine or basmati rice instead, but instant rice will be much faster and simpler.

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Chana Masala

Making Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

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To prepare the curry, set up the camp stove, and go ahead and start boiling the water for your rice.  While the water heats up, sauté the onions and spices in the skillet, then add the garlic and tomatoes.  Let the tomatoes cook for about five minutes, and then add the chickpeas (liquid and all).  Let the whole thing simmer for a few minutes, and the liquid will cook down.  Finish the rice while your curry is cooking.  Make sure to add some more garlic powder and salt to your rice– Instant rice is not incredibly flavorful.  Finally, scoop rice and curry into bowls, and dig in.

Campground Cooking Tips:

  • Try to stay as organized as possible.  I kept a box with my spices, oils, and kitchen equipment, and then separated produce, breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods into different reusable grocery bags.  That way, I didn’t have to pull everything out at once.
  • Clean up your dishes immediately.  The faster you clean up, the easier it will be.
  • Use available resources to add to your meal.  For example, this KOA in Durango, CO had free fresh veggies and herbs available for campers, and Mather Campground at the Grand Canyon had an especially nice, camper-friendly market.

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Glamping: Vegan Chana Masala - A delicious, fast, camping friendly meal
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Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

A Glamping / Camping Recipe

Serves 2 as main dish, 4 as side dish

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Champagne Tastes

Ingredients

  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more to season rice
  • 1 TB tandoori masala spice mix
  • 1/2 TB garlic powder, plus more to season rice
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas (also labeled garbanzo beans)
  • 2 cups instant white rice

Equipment Needed:

  • camp-stove with propane
  • cast iron or stainless steel skillet
  • small metal turner or spatula
  • saucepan with lid (for rice)
  • measuring cup (for rice)
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • can opener (if cans aren't pop-top)
  • bowls or plates
  • spoons or forks

Instructions

  1. Prepare camp-stove with propane tank.

  2. Begin boiling water for rice, and cook according to package directions. Season rice to taste with salt and garlic powder.

  3. Set flame to medium, and heat olive oil until it begins to ripple. Add diced onion, salt, and spice mix. Sauté onions for 2-3 minutes, until they soften and become translucent. Lower flame slightly, add garlic powder and fire roasted tomatoes, and cook 4-5 minutes. Add chickpeas (add the entire can- don't strain the liquid), and cook over a medium flame until the liquid reduces and thickens (2-3 minutes).
  4. Serve chickpea curry over rice.

46 thoughts on “Glamping: Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

  1. Suchi @elegant meraki says:

    You nailed this recipe! When in hurry I do the same for week night meal. We camp quite often or rent a cabin in woods (my preference) and this is like the best idea! Waiting to see what else you cooked..

  2. Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says:

    I would gladly go glamping if I got a chance to eat this, Sarah! That’s my kind of time in the wilderness. As long as there’s good food, doesn’t matter if I have to sleep in a tent, lol. Hubby and I used to camp all the time and haven’t in a very long time. The best part about it is definitely the food. Beans have never tasted better than when they are cooked in the wilderness. So many happy memories 🙂 Love this recipe!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      It was a lot easier than I thought it would be!! We borrowed a camp stove and it turned out just fine 🙂

  3. Dahn says:

    Most people do hotdogs and burgers when they camp. I’m glad to see you have shown that campground cooking can be gourmet and this looks like some pretty fancy campground food.

  4. Liz @ Ready to Yumble says:

    Wow Sarah, you do camping RIGHT! Or glamping, that is! Love the creativity and organization. I’m pretty sure if I tried to pull off something like this, I would lose my spices and drop my pot in the river, etc…lol. I’m not much of a camper. I’ll have to try making this one indoors!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Lol .. My OCD came out on this trip (just a little!) I just made this for dinner tonight (inside) and it was just as tasty!

  5. Sarah says:

    Oh, I am ALL ABOUT glamping! Nature and I just have a hard time being bestie and need all the help we can get! This dish looks awesome…and I think I need to make it…off the campsite 🙂

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Haha yes- I’m working on my relationship with nature. I’m happier with it when I get good food 😉
      This is super easy to make inside too!

  6. Laura | Wandercooks says:

    Oh what an adventure! I’d love to do on an epic hike fest like that. We’ll be heading off for a glamping sesh of our own soon but with night’s spent at our central home base – ie an airconditioned ‘tent’ with attached ensuite, cooking area, and bottle of wine on arrival. Hey, it’s my birthday, totally valid haha. At least now I know what we’ll be cooking on one of our nights! This sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try. Only a few weeks til our adventure in August, but maybe I’ll have to cheat and have a practice run before we leave haha. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. swayam says:

    Lovely!! So glad you guys enjoyed curry at camp. Something so warming about curries, right! You seem to have made the easy no fuss method that works great when in a rush… 🙂

  8. Krysten says:

    I told my friends that I wanted to go glamping and they laughed at me because they had no idea what I meant!
    This looks like it was such a fun trip! 😀

  9. Kavey says:

    Looks great! We’ve not cooked in a campsite but we always take a few spices with us when we go on self-catering holidays so we can throw together a good curried dish like this!

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