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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Quick and easy masala chana/chick peas

One of the recurring themes in my blog is quick and easy recipes. I had soaked black chana in the morning with the intention of making my usual kadala curry to go with aapam. However, as I was looking through my cookbooks, wondering what else I could make for the blogging marathon, I chanced upon this recipe in Mallika Badrinath's 100 Vegetarian Gravies. As the name suggests, it is easy to make - and is cooked entirely in one pot, which makes cleaning that much easier.

What you need:
Black chana/chick peas - 1 cup, soaked in plenty of water for 10 hours. (The original recipe uses white chick peas, but since I had already soaked these, I used them)
Cardamom - 3
Cloves - 5
Cinnamon - a small piece
Oil/ghee - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Grind together:
Onion - 1
Tomato -2
Garlic - 5 or 6 cloves
Ginger - a 2 inch piece
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Corriander - 1 small bunch
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Black peppercorns - 1/4 tsp

Heat oil in the pressure cooker. Add cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Add the ground mixture and fry on a low flame until oil separates. Add chick peas, sufficient water and salt and cook until one whistle. Then lower the heat and cook for another 10 minutes.
Serve hot.
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15 comments:

Harini said...

wow ! A flavorful protein bowl!!

Nithya said...

I love chana and this gravy is yummy :)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Great with chapathis...love the preparation..

Vimitha Anand said...

Easy and yummy channa masala... Would be great with chola poori...

khushi said...

the curry looks very rich in flavor Jayeshree

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that looks delicious.

Lavi said...

Like this version. oil on the sides tell, that its perfectly cooked!

Vardhini said...

Channa looks tasty .. quick too. Perfect with rotis or pooris.

Vardhini
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Radhika said...

This is one of my favorites.


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Chandrani Banerjee said...

Really this preparation is quick and easy. Chana curry looks awesone.

ANU said...

wonderful gravy u got...very nice

Suma Gandlur said...

Nutritious dish.

HariPriya said...

Wow one of the nutritious yet delicious dish choosen...

Archana Vivek said...

I got a chance to see only today.This looks so good..

layaa said...

REALLY ITS VERY TASTY.I TRIED THIS LAST EVENING.THANKS FOR UR RECIPE.
LAYAA.