Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Chana Masala (Chole)

I am not much fond of peas or chick peas but i use them in cooking because of kanth. He loves both of them. Most of the times he wants to cook peas and alu curry by himself according to his taste. In this way i am a bit lucky to just have a meal ready to eat..:) Last weekend I made chana masala for my cousin Shilpi, as she is a vegan. Here is the recipe.


Chana/ Chick Peas 1 cup (Soaed over night)
Cinnamon stick 1 inch
Cloves 3
Bay leaves 2
Cardomom 1
Cumin seeds 1/2 tbsp
Oil 3 tbsp
Big Onion 1
Tomato 1
Ginger Garlic paste 1 tbsp
Red Chilli powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric 1/4 tbsp
Corriander powder 1 tbsp
Cumin Powder 1 tbsp
Half a lime (Optional)


1. Pressure cook chana with some salt till they are soft. Dont over cook them.

2. Take oil in a pan, add cinnamon stick, cloves,cardomom,bay leaves, cumin seeds and then onions. Fry till they are slightly brown. Add tomatoes, when they are soft add ginger garlic paste. Then add turmeric, corriander powder, cumin Powder and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook for 2 mins. Add some water then add cooked chana by keeping 3 tbsp aside. Grind these 3 tbsp of chana and add it to the mixture for thick gravy. Add salt according to your taste.

3. Add lime juice for sourness. Garnish with Cilantro.

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