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January 22, 2009

Channa masala (Chola masala)

This is a wonderful "confort food" dish - which is really very easy to make. Channa Masala is spicy masala chickpeas - and can be as mild or as hot as you like it! It is a classic North Indian vegetarian dish - and is either eaten with rice or roti (chappati) as a main meal - or is served as a side-dish with a non-veg dish e.g. chicken or lamb. When served as a main meal - it is especially delicious when eaten with a kind of bread called "bhatura" - which is a deep-fried bread. It is also served as a mid-afternoon snack in the form of a "chaat" - which is when it is mixed with a couple of spoonfulls of imli (tamarind) chutney and poured on top of a broken samosa with some sprinkling of bhel puri or "sev" fried bits. Absolutely delicious!

Ingredients :

  1. Chick peas - 1 cup
  2. 1 medium size potato (Boiled)
  3. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  5. Corriander powder - 1 tsp
  6. Onion - 2 nos
  7. 1 Tomato
  8. Fennel seed - 1 tsp1
  9. Green chillies - 2-3 nos
  10. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  11. Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  12. Chola masala - 1 tsp
  13. Dry kasthuri methi powder - 1 tsp
  14. Salt to taste

Method :

1. Soak dry chickpeas in 3 cups of water overnight. Add salt to taste to the soaked chickpeas. Boil in the same water for about ½ hour or until chickpeas are tender.
2. Heat oil in a frying pan, fry fennel seeds. Add chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, tomato & salt , saute it till cooked. Grind this onion mixture & keep it aside.
3. Heat oil in the another saucepan, add the onion mixture & all the remaining ingredients. Cook till you get the desired consistency.
4. Garnish it with corriander leaves. Adding kasthuri methi & potato will increase the flavour & taste to this dish.

Serve this hot with roti.


Jaishree Iyer said...

Chana masala Looks yum & delicious swapna.Pic r nice:)

ms said...

Hi swapna,
thanks for sending this in to JFI Chickpea! Chana masala is a classic recipe!

Unknown said...

Lovely to see your blog, swapna!!
Well done and Keep going!!

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