Ingredients & Allergens
Preparation & Storage
More for me Review by DavidR
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.
(Posted on 5/15/2015)
Pretty Dang Good Review by Hikeandportage17
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. (Posted on 5/15/2015)
Good Stuff! Review by Grubwart
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 (Posted on 5/15/2015)
AMAZING!!! Review by Gourmet Backpacker
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. (Posted on 5/15/2015)
So Good! Review by EarthyHeidi
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! (Posted on 5/15/2015)
Great Meal: gotta let it soak Review by Ikan Mas
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. (Posted on 5/15/2015)