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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 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 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 The best backpacking meal ive ever had This is an absolutely excellent meal. I've tried most Mountain Houses and Backpackers pantry meals, and this is my favorite. It is a little spicy and full of flavor. When you let this meal re-hydrate for the appropriate time, it is perfect. I notice a lot of bad reviews and was shocked, but it is apparent these people did not let it re-hydrate long enough . Double check the high altitude directions!! At 12,000 feet these will take 45 mins before they are ready.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Dang Good When I was hiking on Isle Royale, there were three vegetarians, including me, and we couldn't get enough of this stuff! The next year, I was in Killarney Provincial Park on a canoe trip, and the Chana Masala lived up to its expectations yet again. Anyone who does not enjoy it should feel free to send me whatever they have left.
Date published: 2011-04-25
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