Yes!! I am back.. Been missing proper blogging since many days.. My recipes have been screaming to be archived and i have been screaming back to give me some time to spring back into action.. So now, many syrups,concoctions and ginger teas later, i am finally relieved from the dreaded cold.. This time i am treating my blog with a yummy dish, chole masala which i had tried last week and it was the best i had ever tasted…
I had found this easy recipe from sharmis passions and was instantly attracted to it as she had mentioned this was how they made chole at her place and was their family favorite…I tried it the next day with some minute changes and it turned out super awesome.. It had exactly the flavors you would find at any punjabi dhaba or any restaurant and was very comforting too… Since it is home made, you can also be satisfied of the amount of oil or butter used in the gravy which makes it healthy too..
Though i usually buy black chickpeas, this time i went for white ones just to try this yummy dish and i was not at all disappointed… We had it with rotis and i must say, they are a heaven made combo..
So do try this yummy dish and surprise your loved ones by bringing restaurant style food inside your home (Without having to pay the bills of course!! Lol!)…
Health Benefits of Chickpeas: High Fiber content which prevents constipation and digestive disorders and leads to weight loss,Good source of Protein for vegetarians,Excellent source of Manganese and Iron,Stabilizes Blood Sugar, Lowers Cholesterol..
Adapted from: Sharmis Passions
1 Cup White Chickpeas/ Chana
1 inch piece of Ginger + 3 cloves of Garlic/ Ginger Garlic paste
1 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder/ To Taste
1/2 Tbsp Chana Masala Powder/ Garam Masala Powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder/ Haldi
1 tsp Cumin seeds/ Jeera
1/2 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
1/2 Tbsp Oil
1 inch piece of Cinnamon
1 Cardamom (Whole)
1 tsp Fennel seeds/ Saunf
Lemon Juice to taste
Coriander leaves to taste
Onion bits to taste
1. Soak the chickpeas over night or for 8 hours..
2. Drain the soaking water and pressure cook with fresh water for 3 whistles or till soft.. Keep aside..
3. Chop the onions and tomatoes as shown..
4. Heat a pan with oil and add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves..
5. Add fennel seeds and fry for few seconds..
6. Add roughly chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent..
7. Add roughly chopped tomatoes and fry well till they are mashed slightly.. Keep it aside to cool..
8. Blend the mixture with little water to smooth paste..
9. Heat a pan with oil and add cumin seeds..
Note: Mash some of the chickpeas with the back of the ladle so that the gravy becomes thick..
Serve hot with rotis or rice!!