Chana Masala

    This dish is made of Chick Peas, also known as 'Chana'. It is a nutty tasting pulse widely used as an Indian
    vegetarian dish. It is quick to make, very nutritious and delicious eaten spicy.

    Serves 6:
    Preparation time: 30 minutes


    Ingredients:
  • Chick Peas (Chana), boiled – 500 gm
  • Oil – 50 ml
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilli, chopped – 2 or to taste.
  • Onions, chopped – 2 large
  • Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Tomato, chopped – 1 large
  • Red Chilli powder – ½  teaspoon or to taste.
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste.
  • Water, lukewarm 1 mug
  • Fried Onions 4 tablespoon
  • Coriander, freshly chopped – 1 small bunch.


    Method:
  • Fry oil in a pan and add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds when hot. Then add chopped green chillies, chopped onions and fry
    for 2 minutes.

  • Add 1 teaspoon ginger paste, 1 teaspoon garlic paste and fry for 1 minute. Then add chopped tomatoes; cover the lid
    and fry till they are tender. Stir once or twice in between.

  • Add ½ teaspoon chilli powder, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1 teaspoon cumin powder,
    ½ teaspoon garam masala and 1 teaspoon of salt. Fry them together for 2 minutes.

  • If you find that the oil has dried up, dribble a few tablespoon of oil at this stage. Add the boiled chick peas to the
    spices and mix well. Cook for another 10-15 minutes with the lid covered.

  • Add 1 mug of lukewarm water and stir well. Then add 4 tablespoon of fried onions and mix well. Remove from heat
    and garnish with fresh coriander. Serve hot with rice, chapatti or puri.


    Variation:
    You can repeat the same recipe with brown Chick Peas or dry yellow peas. These are equally nutritious and delicious
    to eat.


    Tips:
    Add potatoes in big chunks to this dish to create another tasty dish! If you like to eat Chana Masala dry (instead of in
    a gravy), do not add lukewarm water or fried onions as mentioned in the last step.