February 19, 2013

Chole Masala / Channa Masala - Chickpeas Curry (vegan)

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Who doesn't love the spicy tangy flavored channa/chole with hot hot Puris,bhatoora,naan or simple phulka rotis.. Ohh..just heavenly !!! I am no exception either. I love to enjoy chole any day.  This is one recipe you can never go wrong ! 

Channa / chole/ chick peas are used widely across South Indian as well as North Indian Cuisine .At our home we enjoy all delicacies made from chick peas .
You can check out the collection of recipes on my blog where I have used chickpeas in various ways. 

Coming to this delicious channa masala or chole masala ,call it the way you like , there are so many different recipes to follow and enjoy the preparation. The channa masala is a classic accompaniment for hot pooris or bhaturas . 

If you are preparing channa or chole masala during Navratri or some festive meal as prasad ,you would want to try my Jain Chole Masala or Chataka chole - both of which are recipes sans Onion and garlic. 

During the mango season , pair some piping hot puris with chole and chilled Aam Ras which is a heavenly combination.  

Just like Poori Bhaji Aamras , Poori Chole and Aamras is another match made in heaven . 

Preparation Time : 10 hours
Cooking time : 45 mins
Serves : 3-4

100 grams kabuli channa/chick peas/garbanzo beans
2-3 tomatoes
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
1 tbsp channa/chole masala (Everest,Badshah,MDH ..any brand)
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 cardamoms/elaichi
2 lavang / cloves
1 tsp saunf
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
2-3 green chillies
pinch of turmeric
corriander/cilantro - garnish

  • Soak the chick peas/kabuli channa overnight
  • Pressure cook the soaked beans with a pinch of salt until soft.
  • Make a puree of the tomatoes,green chillies and saunf.
  • Heat oil in a wok,add the jeera,cardamoms and elaichi.
  • Saute the onion until light pink.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is lost.
  • Pour in the tomato puree,turmeric,salt,chole masala and cook until oil separates from the gravy.
  • Add the cooked chole into the gravy,if the gravy feels too thick,you may add some water.
  • Allow it to boil ,till you get very good aroma.
  • Turn off the stove,garnish with cilantro,raw onions and serve with rotis,naan,puri,flavored rice or bhatoora.
  • If you like a little tangy flavor,you may squeeze a dash of lime juice.

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