Saturday 25 July 2009

Channa Masala (Chickpeas Curry)

I have always preferred the "Potato Masala" for my Pooris (a typical Pondicherrian am I:) until I tasted some of the delicious Punjabi food during my trip to the northern states of India, a couple of years back and believe me, that definitely made a remarkable expansion in my menus, making me more gastronome than ever.........well, this is one nice substitute for the "Potato Masala". I'm having a great time enjoying my holidays, hope you're having a nice time too!
Ingredients:
2 cups chickpeas
salt
2 onions
2 tomatoes
1 tbsp minced ginger and garlic
1 tsp chilly powder
salt
a pinch of black salt
1/2 tsp dry mango powder
5 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds

To roast and powder:
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp pomegranate seeds
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 clove
2 peppercorns
2 cardamoms
1 tsp cumin seeds

Method:

Wash the chickpeas thoroughly and soak it overnight in a big casserole of water.

Remove and pressure cook in enough water(maybe double the quantity of chickpeas) and some salt until 3 whistles. Strain and keep aside.
Take 3 tbsp of the cooked chick peas and mash them to make a rough paste.

Chop the onions and the tomatoes very finely.
Grate the ginger and garlic.
Dry roast the whole spices and powder them.


Heat oil in a vessel, splutter the cumin seeds and add the onions, fry until slightly brown.
Reduce the flame to medium and add the grated ginger and garlic and fry until the raw smell disappears. Add the chilly powder,mango powder and the salts followed by the roasted powdered masalas and stir-fry. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry until well mashed.
Add the chickpeas and the pasted chickpeas mixture; Add some water and correct the salt if necessary.

Cook closed for another 15 minutes. You may like to garnish with some julienned ginger or with some coriander leaves/shallots/some fresh tomatoes or maybe a green chilly! Enjoy!

34 comments:

Aysha said...

Delicious Channa Masala..next time will surely try ur version...

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Yummy looking Chana masala. Nice click too:).

Prathibha said...

Thats a yummy chole..

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious masala....send me ur plate..

Faiza Ali said...

Looks yummy and delicious...Perfect :)

Parita said...

You wudnt believe, i was craving for this just yesterday! looks delicious!

sangi said...

xllnt pics!!!
Looks delicious...!

Ann said...

Wow AKal..what a channa there..looks yum yum.

Poornima Nair said...

I wish I could have that plate for lunch. Chana masala looks yumm.

Andhra Flavors said...

nice click, looks delicious.

Suparna said...

Hi v,
Glad u r enjoying ur holidays :)and the chana masala looks a great combo with pooris :) great clicks :)
TC

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,u have made with ur own masala powder,sure should be so flavorful!!

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Vibaas said...

looks delicious. enjoy the hols :)

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DEESHA said...

this looks very tempting

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Nithya Praveen said...

Delicious one:)

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Cynthia said...

I got side-tracked by that delicious squid curry! :)

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Viki's Kitchen said...

channa masala makes me drooling. Unbeatable combo with poori....Long time ago I tasted poori with chicken curry...believe it or not, that too will taste amazing:) Then how is ur holidays?

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n33ma said...

Thankyou for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments.Channa looks so good on that platter.

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Vijitha Shyam said...

Awesome channa masala. I made them couple of weeks back and I am yet to post dat :-)

Vijitha Shyam said...

Awesome channa masala. I made them couple of weeks back and I am yet to post dat :-)

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Malar Gandhi said...

Dude, awesome click da. Just like the way they make it at reastaurants. Wonderful!:)

Nithya said...

Absolutely delicious and tempting channa. Brilliant photography. :)

Tina said...

Akal, first time to ur wonderful blog... lots of different recipes..Chana masala looks great. Following u.........

AnuSriram said...

Looks yummy! Must have tasted awesome..

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