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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chana Masala (Chole)


* 1 cup raw Chana or Chick peas (soaked overnight and pressureccoked)
* 1 Tbsp oil
* Pinch of asafoetida
* 1 tsp cumin seeds
* 1 Tbsp gram flour
* 1 large size tomato
* 1" piece ginger chopped
* 2 green chillies (adjust to your spice level)
* 2 tsp coriander powder
* 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
* 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
* 1/4 tsp garam masala
* salt to taste
* cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish


1) Blend tomatoes, green chillies and ginger into paste and keep aside.

2) Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and once they crack add asafoetida, gram flour and fry for few seconds until it turns light brown. Do not burn it.

3) Now add the tomato/ginger paste, coriander, turmeric, chilli powders, salt and cook in medium heat for 5 mins or until oil seperates from the mixture.

4) Add Pressure cooked Chick peas and water as desired and cook for 7 to 8 mins in medium heat.

5) At the end add garam masala and cilantro and let it cook for a minute.

Serve hot with any Indian bread or Steamed Rice.

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