John Yonkers IIIwrote a review of Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala on November 4, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a mid-day snack for two.
The spicy flavor actually kind of got my spirits up while on a recent soggy day hike.
The first time I made this up I followed the directions with extreme precision. I did 2.25 cups of boiling water and let it sit in the sealed bag for 13 minutes. This lead to semi-hard chickpeas. Since that first time I use 2 1/3 cups of water and I let it sit in the bag for 15 minutes. If you follow those changes the dish comes out perfectly. Also make sure to really squeeze the ingredients around prior to serving as the spices settle on the bottom of the bag.
This is a delicious dish that satisfies hunger and serves as a nice digression from other overly salty backpacking foods.