Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Chana Masala

Chana masala or Chickpeas Curry or chole is a hearty Punjabi fare which is also one of the most popular food item in Indian restaurants worldwide.

What you need for Chana masala:
  • Chana-1 cup - soaked overnight or at least 6 hours in water
  • Onion-1 finely chopped
  • Tomato -2 finely chopped
  • Red chilli powder-1/2tbsp
  • Turmeric powder-a pinch
  • Chana masala powder-2 tbsp ( available at stores)
  • Cilantro leaves -a bunch
  • Salt to taste
The preparation method:
  • Pressure cook the soaked chana along with salt, one teabag(optional) and water till they are just tender. Take care not to overcook. Drain the water and separate one small cup of cooked chickpeas. Blend these separated ones into into thick, smooth paste with little water.
  • Heat one teaspoon of oil or ghee in a large pot over medium heat. Add and toast ¼ teaspoon each- cumin and mustard seeds.When seeds start to pop, add the onion, and cook until translucent
  • Add the tomatoes and cook on high heat until the tomatoes turn to soft. Press with a spatula and mash them. 
  • To this tomato sauce, add the cooked chickpeas, pureed chickpea paste, chana masala powder, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric and little water. Stir to combine.
  • Keep the heat on medium and cook for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the curry thickens.
  • Just before turning off the heat, stir in finely chopped fresh cilantro and lime or lemon juice to taste.
  • Enjoy the chana masala with rice/roti (chapati) or with puris !!! For a change , we had the chana masala with steamed bread.

1 comment:

  1. wow. awsome site. and definitely making me miss home.:)
    we need to have another common holiday in kerala like last year and try all of these
    great job Sangi.... girish how many pounds have you put on??


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