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  • Chana Masala is a curry dish from the Punjab region of India featuring chick peas (garbanzo beans) and chilies over rice
  • Directions: Add 2.25 cups of boiling water. Stir, seal and let sit for 13 minutes. Stir again before consuming
  • Nutrition facts displayed here and on packaging may differ; information on packaging reflects actual contents
  • May contain traces of peanuts and/or tree nuts
  • *Discount will be applied when you check out; offer not valid for sale-price items ending in $._3 or $._9

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Ingredients: precooked long grain white rice, chick peas (garbanzo beans), sugar, salt, bell pepper, paprika, onion, garlic, turmeric, cumin seed, cayenne pepper, coriander seed, fenugreek, crushed red chili pepper, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, oregano, bay leaves, cloves, fennel seed, cinnamon, dill weed.

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Best Use Backpacking
Serving Size 1/2 package
Servings per Container 2 serving(s)
Calories Per Serving 430
Calories from Fat 25
Total Fat 2.5 grams
Saturated Fat 0 grams
Trans Fat 0 grams
Cholesterol 0 milligrams
Sodium 1,340 milligrams
Carbohydrates 92 grams
Dietary Fiber 9 grams
Sugars 15 grams
Protein 13 grams
Vegan Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Meat None
Gluten Free Yes
Net Weight 8.8 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful taste! (if you like Indian spices) Had this entree on 4 or 5 backpacking trips now, usually in a group of 6 to 8 males. This is one of the few dishes that's a favorite with almost everyone - even those who tend to favor high meat content. So, as another reviewer remarked, I'm surprised by the negative reviews. It's got a great taste, especially if you like the flavor of Indian food... and have been hiking several hours earlier in the day. It's true that the chickpeas tend to be a little crunchy when cooked at altitude for the time suggested on the label, but that's easily remedied by letting the package set (by the fire, if you have one) an extra few minutes.
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More for me I was turned onto this meal on a motorcycle trip, the person who offered me some said he couldn't finish it himself. I've eaten several Backpacker's Pantry meals and this one is probably the biggest at 26 ounces after adding 2.25 cups boiling water. Most of the other ones I'll easily finish on my own but this one is definitely fit for two. The rice and garbonzo beans are moderately spicy and they rehydrate well with no crunchy parts that don't absorb water. This is dead easy to make and it's my favorite item from Backpacker's Pantry. I have found I don't like meals that rehydrate chicken or other meat, I'll go vegetarian on the road and get meat where I can. If others don't like it... REI can put it on sale just for me.
Date published: 2010-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Meal: Gotta Let It Soak I've eaten this numerous times in the backcountry and both I and my hiking partner always include it in our week long trips. We hike far every day and typically are in the high country (over 10,000 feet) of the Sierra. So, at the end of a long day, we need a lot of calories, which this meal provides. We typically also serve this with tortillas, grilled in the frying pan, which make it even better. Like I said, this is a great meal, but some considerations. 1) It's Indian food. For some of you, it can be quite spicy. Try before you go. If you like chana masala in the restaurant, this is a pretty good substitute. If you are spice wimp, go somewhere else. 2) All freeze dried food takes time to rehydrate, especially at altitude. Give this one a few more minutes. Test to make sure the chickpeas are ready. If not, wait. 3) After hydrating, stir well. The spices tend to settle on the bottom.
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Tasting Trail Food and Well-Balanced I was able to try this product on the AT last summer after a long day of hiking in the rain. Normally, yes, that makes food taste much better than it typically does; however, compared to all other types of trail food I've tried of the freeze-dried variety this is one I will try again...definitely. Rice dishes, we know, never hydrate amazingly, but that's to be expected, it's freaking trail food. If you want it done really well you can take the extra time to cook in your pot. The taste was amazing and spicy, non-bland foods are exactly what you need to make you want to eat the extra calories after a 20 mile day.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!! I am so confused by the folks that said this was awful. Perhaps they hadn't had Chana Masala before? This meal was delicious. Very flavorful without being too spicy. We added a big can of chicken and split between the two of us. Really tasty! Will definitely buy every time I go backpacking from now on. Mmmmm!
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Not sure why all the negative reviews, this meal is absolutely delicious. If you don't know what Chana Masala is, stop at Fresh & Easy and pick up their frozen meal before buying this (only thing missing is cauliflower). It has a wonderful flavor and the spice blend is spot on. I shared this with a friend and her 2 kids (9 and 12) and the 12 year old couldn't get enough. We started eating it before the chickpeas were fully re-hydrated, if you're bothered by crunchy chickpeas, just be patient, they will soften. We were too hungry after a 10+ mile hike to watch the time. This was the only Freeze dried meal we didn't add anything to (black pepper, Tabasco). BTW, a coworker from Pakistan told me masala=any spice mixture, if you're expecting garam masala (cinnamon-y, slightly sweet), you're in for a big shock, this is a little closer to a vindaloo spice level.
Date published: 2012-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good stuff! Bought this as well as the chicken vindaloo as I had not seen freeze dried Indian food before. Ate both and they were FANTASTIC! As I mixed both together I can only assume that the Vindaloo was what added the "heat". Followed the directions precisely and could not be happier. As another reviewer implied, those that do not want theirs.....feel free to send them here! :D
Date published: 2011-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Inedible I only take meals on hikes that are a long day or overnight. I have tried a LOT of freeze-dried meals. This was THE worst. I thought it would be good with the curry and chickpeas, liking both, but I was very wrong. Even after letting it sit for well over the suggested time, it was still not hydrated. I even kneaded the bag to ensure the fluid was working evenly. the smell was even unappetizing. I ate a few bites and then resorted to a cliff bar. I was EXTREMELY hungry and VERY disappointed in the flavor and crunch.
Date published: 2009-06-06
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