Monday, May 10, 2010

Chana Masala

Chana which is a staple legume in North India also plays an eminent part of its cuisine. Another reason why this dish is something you are sure to see in the menu card in any Indian restaurant across the globe. Rich in proteins these beans are widely cooked and consumed in a completely different form in  the Mediterranean cuisine too.

Prep Time
: 20 mins
Ingredients

Chana/Garbanzo beans: 1 cup/1 can
Onions (finely chopped): 1/3 cup
Tomatoes (pureed): 2
Green Chilies: 2-3
Ginger: 1 teaspoon
Garlic: 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds: 2 teaspoons
Bay leaves: 1-2
Cardamom pods: 1
Nutmeg: a pinch
Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
Chili Powder: 2 teaspoons
Coriander Powder: 1 1/2 teaspoons
Jeera Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Amchur (dry mango powder)/Chaat Masala: 1 teaspoon
Garam Masala: 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander/Cilantro leaves: handful

* For convenience sake we used the canned garbanzo beans which are already precooked. However you could soak the uncooked garbanzo beans overnight and pressure cook them until soft.

Grind the ginger, garlic and green chilies to a paste. Heat Oil in a deep pan. Add cumin seeds, bay leaves, nutmeg and cardamom pods. Add the ginger-garlic-chili paste and saute until the rawness fades. Add the chopped onions, sprinkle a pinch of salt and keep sauteing till the onions turn translucent. Add all the masala powders (turmeric, chili, coriander, cumin, chaat, garam) and mix well. Add the tomato puree and keep sauteing until all the masala mix well in the gravy and the tomatoes are fully cooked. Now add the drained garbanzo beans and little water and mix well. Let it boil for about 10-15 minutes. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and onions. Squeeze a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice just before serving. Pooris or batura are the best things on the earth you can have this chana masala with.

31 comments:

  1. Hello girls..Super curry..Love the pooris too..Yummo..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  2. awesome dish ... just love it :)

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  3. All time fav one ...looks soooooooo delicious and yummy ....wish I there to share with u guys.. I am simply drooling at the picture.

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  4. Channa masala is my all time fav. My hubby love this dish. I make it atleast once in a month for sure. Love your presentation. Awesome clicks.

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  5. Hello friends, the bauta and the chana masala snap is making me go crazy. i am feeling very hungry now. nice clicks and well explained.
    I would love to hear ur comments and presence too in my blog, if u gals don't mind.Thanks dears.

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  6. Lovely Chana masala. Mouth Watering!

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  7. This is my all time fav...looks so yum!

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  8. chana masala looks perfect and best combo with poori...nice click!

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  9. i too made....but thick one......yivida me and my hubby loves less curry.......so i try to make thick one......

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  10. have never tried making this from scratch..always bought the ready made pouches:)
    i think i shud proceed 2 this next level soon :)

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  11. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... what a recipe.. looks sooo beautiful in ur clicks... perfect presentation.. nice job.. :)

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  12. looks so good n inviting...I wanna try this...awesome spicy click dear...

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  13. My all time favourite, bowl of channa masala looks really inviting..

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  14. Delicious chana masala... beautiful clicks:)

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  15. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww................kookssooooooo beautiful in ur photos...nicepresentation...

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  16. Channa masala looks so inviting and delicious with those puris...makes me hungry :)

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  17. Wonderful pics.. and good recipe too.. I had tried out a different version, grinding the onions too..

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  18. wow! great combination chana masala and poori ..drooling here :)

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  19. Pass me the platter..Haven't had my breakfast yet..would be perfect for my hunger now:) Gorgeous poori n colorful channa yum yum...

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  20. Awesome presentation!! Am drooling over the pics..

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  21. love the color of the channa masala... making u want to grab that plate w/ that puri..

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  22. picture akndal tahnne vazhel vellamv erum..very nice dish..love it with poori or batura!

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  23. Loved this recipe.My husband who doesnt like north indian food much.........loved it too.

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  24. Love this combo...But usually I end up making the ready made masala :-) this looks fabulous

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  25. You both creative foodies are doing really a great job,your blog and your blog pictures look very nice,it's a feast to my eyes

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  26. Yummy and nice click.. Great Combo

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  27. nice recipe and mice click tooo

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  28. I tried this and its a nice recipe.. Thanks..
    Indian Recipes

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  29. Tried it for breakfast...tasty with poori. Thanks for sharing

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  30. Tried it for breakfast...tasty with poori. Thanks for sharing

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