Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Chana Masala (Chick Peas/Garbanzos)

I make slight variations each time I make Chana Masala or Chole. As a last minute thought, made this simple chana masala to go with rotis; ofcourse, with canned chick peas. Takes very little time and is delicious! With chick peas, you are never disappointed!

15oz Chick Peas (wash & drain the canned chick peas)
2 medium onions, finely chopped
3 tsp tomato paste
Salt, turmeric – to taste
2 tsp Chana masala powder
1 tsp Red chillie powder
A pinch of amchur powder
2 cups water
Chopped coriander leaves

For seasoning:
2 cloves, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 3 garlic cloves-finely chopped, curry leaves
1 tbsp oil

  • Heat oil in a saucepan, add cloves, cumin seeds, garlic, curry leaves
  • Immediately add onion, sauté until onion is soft
  • Stir in tomato paste, salt & turmeric
  • Add 2 cups water, let boil and toss in chick peas
  • Cook until you achieve the desired consistency (thick gravy or thin gravy)
  • Stir in chana masala, red chillie & amchur powders
  • Add chopped coriander leaves, mix & turn the heat off

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