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06 November 2013

30 Days, 30 Veggies: Day 10: Kabuli Chana(Chole) Masala (Chikpeas Maasala)

Today is day 10 of my project '30 Days, 30 Veggies'. Today we are going to prepare Chikpea Masala.

What is Chikpea? See the image below.

Chikpea is also known as Kabuli Chana and is famously used to prepare Hummus. Chikpea Masala is a very tasty veg preparation and it goes great with Puris and Chapathis. You can also eat it with Rice and Dal.

Or you can eat it solo.

Many options, so many options !!

See image of Puri and Chapathi  with Kabuli Chana (Chole)below. Both are made of Wheat Flour.

Chapathi Chole
Poori Chole
Looks Yummy, don't they?

Unlike other preparations in this series, which can be prepared using common household ingredients, you will need Chana (Chole) masala to prepare this. The good news is that this is a very common masala, easily obtained in any Indian store.

In addition to it being tasty, Chana masala has the added advantage of being healthy.

So here goes.

Ingredients / Preparation

1. Kabuli Chana / Chole / Chikpea: 1 cup

  • Sock the Chikpea overnight. 
  • In the morning, wash it and boil it in a pressure cooker. Drain and keep aside

2. Oil, 2 table spoonful
3. Finely chopped onion, 1 Cup
4. Ginger Garlic Paste, 1 tea spoonful

  • Heat oil in a frying pan
  • Add Onion and Ginger Garlic Paste and Saute till onion turns golden brown
5. Dhania / Coriander Powder: 1 tea spoonful
6. Red Chilli Powder: 1 tea spoonful
7. Chana / Chole Masala: 1 Table spoonful
8. Chopped Tomato: 1 Cup
9. Salt to taste
10. Water, 3 Table Spoonful
11. Dhania (Coriander / Cilantro) leaves, chopped, for Garnishing.

  • Add Dhania, Red Chilli and Masala to the Sauted Onion.
  • Fry for about 2 minutes in medium flame, till the smell of raw masala is replaced by smell of fried masala
  • Add tomato and fry for another 2 minutes
  • Add the boiled Chikpea (Chana)
  • Cook in medium flame for about 10 minutes
  • Switch off the stove, top it with Coriander leaves, allow to cool.
  • Your Chana masala is ready.
Fun Facts (Nutrition Facts)

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