Saturday, May 18, 2013

CHANA MASALA (Without Onions and Garlic)

Here is the simple chana masala recipe which is cooked with besan. No onions and garlic have been added as some people skip them during fasting days and Navratras.

 Chana ... 1 cup
Besan .... 1 tbsp
Tomato puree .. made from 2 tomatoes
Grated ginger ... 1 tsp
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder .. 1/4 tsp
Anardana powder or amchoor  .. 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves .. handful
Salt .. to taste
Oil .. 4 tbsps

For Chana Masala:
Coriander seeds ... 1 tsp
Cumin seeds ........ 1 tsp
Carom seeds ........ 1/4 tsp
Saunf / aniseeds ... 1/2 tsp
Pepper corns ....... 6-7
Cloves ............ 3-4
Cinnamon ...... 1 small piece
Black cardamom .. 1


Dry roast the masalas.

Grind them.

 Soak chana overnight or for few hours.

Boil them in a pressure cooker with a tea bag (to get the colour) and little salt.

If you don't have a tea bag you can make a small potli with 1 tsp of tea leaves tied in a muslin cloth.

Discard the potli and remove the chana in a bowl.

 In a pan heat oil and add the besan.

Saute until light brown in colour and it gives a nice aroma.

Add 2 tbsps (or as per your taste) of the ground masala and stir fry.

Now stir in the boiled chana. Stir and mix well.

Add the puree.

Season it with salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Add water as needed and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Finally add some coriander leaves.

Garnish with ginger juliennes . Serve with rotis / naans / bhaturas

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  1. I think you have tried all of Meena's recipes and enjoying the same. Looks great!

  2. wow that is lipsmacking and tongue tickling... love this delicious preparation.. Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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