Monday, March 29, 2010

Channa Masala/Gabanzo Beans

Who does not like Channa Masala, Mom made with mashed potatoes, i dont usually, I remember how many times i bought the whole pack of dry channa Masala and had to trash it as i did not make it that often to use up all the Masala. I came up with this recipe which just tastes as yummy....


Kabuli channa/Garbanzo beans       - 1 cup
Onions                                           - 1 large
Tomatoes                                       - 3 large
Green chilles                                   - 2-4 (or according to your heat level)
Red Chilli powder                           - 1 tsp(or according to your heat level)
Dhania Powder                               - 1 tsp(or according to your heat level)
Turmeric                                         - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala powder                   - 1/4 tsp
fresh Ginger root                            - about 2 inches
Garlic                                             - 5-6 cloves
oil                                                  - 2-3 tbsps
Sugar/brown sugar                         - 1/2 tsp(optional)
fresh corriander leaves
Salt to taste


Pre Soak Kabuli channa either overnite or for 4 to 5 hours and pressure cook it with salt(approximately 3-5 whistles) incase ur using the canned beans skip this step
Grind Onion, ginger and case u dont have fresh ginger and garlic subtitute it with 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste
In a pot/kadai heat the oil add the ground onion paste add a little salt(remember the beans are also salted) this takes some time as the onions are ground...fry/cook till u see the a coating of the oil

Grind/chop the tomatoes seperately(i usually grind it makes a better curry) while the onions are cooking
Add the the rest of the ingredients excepting fresh corriander leaves and cook till the tomatoes are cooked
if you want a thin gravy add a little water

Once cooked i usually add some lime juice and garnish with lots of fresh corriander leaves

Severe with roti/bread... also makes a good filling for a grilled sandwich

I buy fresh ginger and freeze it,so that i can use it for recipies which call for fresh ginger root

Recipe By: Brinda
Posted By: Brinda

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