Spice it Up. Chana Bhaji: Ideal for after a workout

Spice it Up. Chana Bhaji: Ideal for after a workout

Author: Sarah Ali Choudhury

Chick Peas have been used as part of certain traditional diets for over 7500 years
Just eating healthy food isn´t  enough we also need to encourage movement and activity.

As someone who is a real foodie and the line of business I am in, and with my hectic lifestyle of being a mum to four children I regularly find myself overeating, putting on weight and finding it difficult to shred. I have decided to put my food column to great use and use this as an opportunity to work alongside my readers to challenge myself to get to my optimum weight.  You can join in too!!

For my article in this issue I am going to introduce you to a really healthy recipe, my Chana Bhaji (Chick Peas and also known as Garbanzo beans). A really quick and easy recipe that can be eaten ideally after a workout.

Chick Peas have been used as part of certain traditional diets for over 7500 years and is one of the oldest consumed crops in the world.  It is now one of the most popular legumes across every continent.


What’s so great about Chick Peas?

They are high in fibre, they provide healthy vitamins and minerals including zinc and folate, they protect against cancer and heart disease, they provide slow releasing carbohydrates, they boost digestion and they help with weight loss.

As a plant-based protein, they are low in calories and because they also contain starch they are known as a “good carb”.

In my recipe I have used a can of chick peas, but if you have dried chick peas these can be soaked overnight prior to cooking because this makes them more digestible.  Although dried chick peas hold more texture than recooked varieties they tend to hold the same nutrition value but make sure you purchase the BPA-free varieties.

Avoid eating raw chick peas as they are difficult to digest.

Chick peas are so versatile you can roast them, add them to salads and soups, they can be pureed to make delicious and smooth humous.

Here is my very own Chana Bhaji recipe.  This recipe was used as part of BBC IPlayer Radio’s Vegetarian week and this particular dish is also suitable for Vegans. If you want to hear it being cooked you can search it up on Kitchen Garden on BBC IPlayer Radio.


Chana Bhaji

2 tbsp vegetable oil (or olive oil)

2 x echallion shallots,

2 x garlic gloves, crushed

½ tbsp. coriander powder

½ tbsp. cumin powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

1 tin of chickpeas

1 green chilli, cut with a single slit

Approx. half a cup of water

½ tsp salt (or to taste)

A small handful of fresh coriander, washed and chopped



1.Heat the oil in a pan.

2.Add the garlic and onions

3.Stir continuously until the onions are soft. It is really important to take the time at this stage and make sure the onions are cooked, so that the spices will then be able to infuse their flavour. Add approx. ½ tsp salt (to taste).

4.Add the turmeric, coriander and cumin and stir in. Add a splash of water and cover for a few moments.

5.Add in the green chilli. Making a single slit allows the flavours to infuse without making the dish too hot.

6.Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add to the pan. Stir

7.Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring continuously. When you feel the chickpeas start to stick at the bottom of the pan, add approx.. ¼ cup of water.

8.The dish is cooked when the chickpeas have absorbed most of the water. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.

Just eating healthy food isn’t enough to get us in the best of health or shape, we also need to encourage movement and activity.  This is one area that I have particularly struggled with over the years. More recently I came across a product that really works for me. A tiny sachet of Keto Energy.

Because we all lead hectic lives nowadays, running our own businesses and bringing up children, so often we need a little energy boost maybe to avoid the mid-afternoon slump. It’s quite normal at this time that we would typically reach for the biscuits or a sweet treat that will play havoc with our blood sugar levels or reach for an energy drink full of nasty chemicals.

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It’s also been formulated with Vitamin B6 to help keep you alert and keep your nervous system functioning normally. One of the other powerhouse ingredients is Chromium which helps balance your metabolism and keep your blood glucose level in check.

Keto Energy was initially designed to support a Keto lifestyle due to the low sugar content but those who aren’t following that lifestyle are feeling the amazing benefits from this product too. As well as fighting fatigue, it is designed also to enhance mood and suppress appetite too.

Night shift workers, athletes, busy mums and dads are all enjoying this product because of its convenience. No water is required, you simply just rip it open and pop on your tongue!   It even tastes like sherbet. It works for me and since I started taking these energy boosts I have been able to walk between 3-5 miles on a daily basis.

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BIO: Sarah Ali Choudhury es una galardonada experta en comida india, chef de televisión y columnista de comida. A Sarah
le apasiona compartir las alegrías de la cocina india, ya sea a través de la televisión, la radio o los medios impresos, demostraciones de cocina en vivo
, redes sociales o enseñanza a medida.

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