Side Dishes for Rotis/Dosas/ Naan.

Channa Masala (Garbanzo beans simmered in an aromatic tomato gravy redolent with spices)

Channa Masala.

Every home has their own way  of making Channa Masala  and there are so many different recipes for this favorite item out there! My special thoughts of this dish, are always when combined with Batura. TH always loves Channa Batura, steaming hot with a side of Channa Masala, doled up with sliced raw onions and a dash of lemon. I have at least 3 versions of this dish, but I can never really be satisfied. This gravy was inspired by Aipi`s Rajma Masala . I tweaked it around a little bit here and there and was very happy with the results. Somewhere along the line, as I was shooting this pic, I got tickled with the aromas wafting,  and was in danger of scooping a spoonful then and there but reasoning prevailed!!!

INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups of White Channa cooked for 1 whistle in the pressure cooker.

1 Onion Chopped.

1 Cup Tomato Puree or 2 Large Hierloom Tomatoes.

11/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder.

2 Tsp Dhania Powder.

2 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste.

1/2 Tsp Turmeric.

1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder.

2 Tsp Kasuri Methi.

1 Tsp Amchur.

2 Bay Leaves.

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds.

Hing.

Salt.

1 Tsp Butter.

PREPARATION:

  • Add 1 tsp of ghee in to a kadai and season with cumin seeds, bay leaves a pinch of asfoetida.  Stir in the chopped onions and allow to saute for a few minutes.
  • Add a pinch of turmeric and then pour out the measured quantity of tomato puree. You could use real tomatoes, but I prefer the tang in tomato purees as well as the colour.
  • Stir in the red chilli powder and ginger garlic paste and allow it to incorporate well n the gravy. Now add 1/2 a cup of water and stir and cook on cover. Allow occasional stirring and wait until the oil seperates from the onion mixture.
  • Dole out the measured spoonful of Dhania Powder (Corriander Powder) and Amchur (Mango Powder) and stir it for a few minutes allowing the raw smell of the spice powders to get cooked in the gravy.
  • Now add the cooked garbanzo beans (White Kabuli Channa) , 2  cups of water, the required salt and let it come to a boil. At this point add the garam masala, kasoori methi and a blob of butter and when you see the gravy coming together, switch off the flame and garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Keep covered to allow all the flavours to mingle with each other and to be served strictly with sliced raw onions and a dash of lemon!!
  • Excellent accompaniment with batura, Pooris or Paranthas!

 

Nothing like a bowl of Channa Masala with piping hot Puris!!!
Side Dishes for Rotis/Dosas/ Naan.

Punjabi Kala Channa Curry.

Punjabi Kala Channa Curry.

Punjabi Kala Channa Curry was something that I had tasted at a friend` s home at dinner and I flipped at the simplicity and taste of this particular dish. The Kala Channa like any other edible legume are extremely high in protien. It is also believed to be one of the earliest cultivable legume!!! The black chana  have a markedly higher fiber content than Kabuli Channa also called the Garbanzo,  and hence a very low glycemic index which may make them suitable for people with blood sugar problems.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tsp Jeera.

1 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste.

Paste from 1 Medium Red Onion.

1 Can of  Hunt`s Tomato Puree.

1 Tomato Finely Chopped.

2 Green Chillies.

1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder.

1/4 Tsp Garam Masala Powder.

1 Tsp Dhania Powder.

1 Tsp Kasui Methi

Cilantro to garnish.

PREPARATION;

  • Soak the kala channa for 5-6 hours and cook in the pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Drain cooked and cooled kala channa and save the water.
  • In a kadai add 1 spoon of ghee and when its hot, the jeera and the ginger garlic paste. Allow it to cook well in the oil. The ginger garlic has to become almost brown.
  • Next add the smooth paste of 1 Onion. Fry this paste to a golden brown colour on a medium flame. This is the essence of any punjabi masala – to cook out the  onion paste on a medium flame and keep sauteing it until it turns golden brown and all the water is gone completely.
  • Add the sliced green chillies and then the can of tomato puree. This add valuable colour and tang to the dish, which is very important to the final flavour.
  • Now add all the dry masalas – Red Chilli Powder, Garam Masala, Dhania Powder, kasuri methi and some more chopped tomatoes and fry well for about fifteen minutes until its cooked well and the curry comes together.
  • Now add the boiled channa and the water in which it was boiled. Add enough water as you want the final consistency to be.
  • After boiling for a few minutes, switch off the flame and serve garnishd with chopped cilantro.

HINTS:

  1. Fry the onion paste well on medium flame to a golden brown colour until there is no trace of water at all and it comes to a chutney like consistency. This should take at least ten minutes or so, so do not lose your patience here.
  2. The tomato puree adds a lot of tang and colour to the dish. Feel free to use puree made from tomatoes, at home.