Thursday, November 26, 2009

Masaledaar Chholay (Chickpeas in a spicy masala)

Last evening, after I was done with my work, I sat down with my favourite time-pass - reading recipe books! There is this set of 8 little books by Sanjeev Kapoor featuring salads and soups, maincourses - vegetarian and non-vegetarian, accompaniments and desserts. Total value-for-money pack, nice, simple do-able recipes...

chana masala

I wanted to make something with chickpeas and was bored of the usual onion-tomato-chana masala. I had once tried pindi chholay from these books and it turned out awesome.
This time I tried the masaledaar choley which had a bit more masala compared to dry pindi choley. Also tried out the lachcha parathas from Tarla Dalal's site. Turned out to be a real hearty meal.
Topped it up with a glass of sweet lassi to complete the 'Punjab' experience !

Masaledaar Choley / Punjabi Chana Masala

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor's book

What you need -

1 1/2 cups Chickpeas / kabuli chana
2 tsp tea leaves
3 onions
6 cloves garlic
1 inch piece ginger
2 green chillies
3 tomatoes
handful of fresh coriander leaves
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander powder / dhania
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coarsely ground anardana / pomegranate seeds
salt and oil

What you do with it -

Tie the tea leaves in a muslin cloth like a little potli / bundle
Soak the chana for 6-8 hours. Drain and cook in 3 cups water with salt and the potli of tea leaves
The tea leaves give the chana a nice dark colour
Peel, wash and chop onions. Peel, wash ginger garlic and grind together with the green chillies to a smoooth paste.
Chop tomatoes and coriander leaves
Dry roast cumin seeds and grind to a powder
Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and saute till brown. Add ginger-garlic-green chilli paste and saute for 2 more mins
Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and anardana powder and saute well
Add drained chana and mix well Add tomatoes and half a cup of the water that the chana cooked in
Bring to a slow boil and garnish with coriander leaves

8 comments:

Sonia said...

sach me masaledaar hai!! :)

Sharmila said...

Love chole with puris or bhatora ... but his option of laccha parathas is tempting as well. :-)

Sharmila said...

oops ... I ment 'this'

Suparna said...

hey arch,
Thanks for stopping by:) sanjeev kapoor and tarla dalal's recipes are super yummy :) the cholay looks really spicy! yumm

DEESHA said...

yummy chholay .. I am drooling

sayantani said...

What a coincidence i also made cholay yesterday and had with roti. this dish looks perfect for dinner.

Sig said...

I've never heard of cooking with tea leaves! That is a great concept, I have to try sometime!

Alka said...

This is so unfair..spicy cholay, lacha paratha and then lassi too..all gobbled by yourself? Didnt even bothered to invite? Very bad hmmm...lol
Excellent combo,I love chickpeas and anything sinful that carries a tag "SPICY" ;-)

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