Friday, 17 January 2014

Chana Masala / Chickpea curry/ Cholle

Chana Masala

Cholle ( Chickpea) is  a rich source of protein and fibre. And what we also know is Chana masala with a bhatura is perfect for breakfast or even for a meal and undoubtedly  famous  and delicious with a samosa.
My mom is  an amazing cook and I bet whoever has met her would vouch for that, So I am going to share her recipe of this delicious cholle gravy or chick pea curry with you :)


3 tomatoes
2  fried onions
3 stems of Coriander
3 cloves of garlic
Inch of ginger
Half green chilly
One can of chickpeas ( 240 gm)
Spices 1 tsp. each:
Garam masala
Coriander Powder
Cumin powder
Chilly powder ( Kashmiri chili powder will give a lovely red color)
Amchur / dry mango powder
Equipment/ Utensil:
Blender, Pressure Cooker.

Step 1:
In a blender grind tomatoes, fried onions, garlic, ginger, coriander, chilly ( add a little water) to a fine paste.

Step 2:
Heat some oil in a pressure cooker, add the ground masala ( from step 1) to the cooker, add some water to the blender keep it aside.Add all the spices and a pinch of salt

Sauté till it turns brown and you can see the oil separating. This rich gravy can be used to make any curry ( for eg. Paneer)

Step 3:

Add the water (from the blender) mix and add chick peas (cholle) add some more water if required ( I add about 100 – 200 ml enough to cover the chickpeas). Adjust the seasoning add more salt and spices if required and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles.

After a few minutes ( after all the pressure releases) transfer the chickpeas to a serving bowl garnish with chopped coriander, Serve it with a wedge of lemon and onions. This chickpea gravy is simply delicious try it with bhatura or rice.


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