Chana Masala with Ayurveda Spiced Rice


This is a firm favourite in my house and with my clients. There are so many variants but this is the Mood Foods version of this amazing immune boosting, high protein dish!



Contains: Chickpeas, Garlic, Garam Masala, Turmeric, Spinach, Ginger, Tomatoes, Coriander, Coconut Milk, Chilli, Onion, Flaxseed, Hemp Seed

Nutritional Advice: Chickpeas are a very healthy food. They are high in vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. These characteristics are responsible for most of their health benefits, which range from weight management to blood sugar control. In particular they are a good vegan source of iron which is needed for making new red blood cells and transporting oxygen around the body, and B vitamins, which help us convert the energy from our food. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. Its also a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, vitamin B2 and vitamin K. It helps to reduce oxidative stress and reduce blood pressure. The main benefit of adding garam masala to your food is that it stimulates appetite and boosts digestion by promoting release of gastric juices in the stomach. Cloves and cumin in the garam masala keep indigestion at bay and cloves also help in preventing acidity. We add pepper to this dish to help the digestive tract and to help absorption of the minerals. Turmeric is known as the ‘Golden Spice’ for it’s bright yellowy orange colour, this Indian spice has been used in Ayurvedic health and nutrition for thousands of years and is becoming increasingly popular in western countries. Colourful plant foods like these are good for our health because of their phytochemical properties (plant pigments). They are a great anti-inflammatory.


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