DAY 8: Chana Masala and Chia Pudding

A rainy day today.  That didn’t stop me. Put on some splash pants and a hooded jacket, grabbed the dog, and off we went for a 45 minute walk in the cold drizzle.  It was wonderful.

Husband and I ate a beautiful, big salad for lunch with about 1/2 cup of beans mixed in.  A couple of brown rice cakes with pb and apple in the afternoon.  Morning was the usual big green smoothy.

Tonight I made my favourite Indian dish: Chana Masala, which is chickpeas in curried tomato sauce.   For the recipe, I will direct you to the master’s site – Manjula’s Kitchen.  I’ve cook many dishes from her site, and all are wonderful…AND most are vegan or can be easily adapted.

Chana masala - chickpea curry served on brown rice.

Now, DESSERT.  Very happy to tell you it was a huge success.  Chocolate chia pudding.  If you like tapioca pudding, you’ll LOVE this.  It is hard not to eat the whole bowl.  Apparently, chia seed is a superfood.  Lots of iron, calcium, magnesium, etc.  Raw cocoa powder is another food chalk-full of nutrients.  All I know is this pudding hits the spot after a meal.  It has to sit for a while to thicken, so do like I did and make it before you start to cook supper.  That way it will be ready in time for dessert.

chocolate chia pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

2 cups almond milk (or other milk alternative)

10 dates (or more if you want it sweeter)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

5 teaspoons cocoa powder

6 tablespoons chia seeds

Blend everything together, except chia seeds, until dates have been incorporated into the milk.  Taste for sweetness.   Pour into a bowl.  Stir in chia seeds.  For the next hour or two, stir the mixture every 10-15 minutes to prevent clumping.  If the pudding had thickened a lot, but the seeds are still “crunchy”  stir in some more milk and wait a while for the seeds to absorb the milk.  Serve with fresh berries.

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2 comments on “DAY 8: Chana Masala and Chia Pudding

  1. Anna says:

    Does the chia seeds act as the thickening agent? Or, did you miss an ingredient?

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