Thursday, 23 June 2011

Punjabi Channa

Chickpeas are one of the earliest cultivated vegetables . 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East . In 1793, ground-roast chickpeas were noted by a German writer as a coffee substitute in Europe and in the First World War, they were grown for this in some areas of Germany. Chickpeas are still sometimes brewed instead of coffee ( Not sure if I want some of that early in the morning ! )*

Punjabi Channa
( Spicy Chick peas )

500 Grams White Channa ( chick peas )
1 Cup Black Unsweetened Tea mixed in 3 liters of water along with Black Cardamon , Bay Leaf ( 
Tej Putta ) and 2 teaspoons salt .
3-5 dots of Hing / 
1 Teaspoon 
Jeera ( Cumin ) Seeds.
3 Onions chopped / grated .
3 Tomatoes pureed.
2 Teaspoons Garlic Paste
2 Teaspoons Ginger paste .
2 Tablespoons 
Dhania ( Coriander ) Powder .
2 Teaspoons Channa 
4-5 Whole Green Chili's / Red Chili Powder to taste .
1 Cup 
Imli ( Tamarind ) Pulp.

The night before soak 500 grams 
channas ( chick peas ) in approximately  3 liters of water to which one mug of strong ( unsweetened and strained ) tea is mixed . This will give your channas a nice dark colour the next day . For flavour add 2-3 black cardamons and a Tej putta ( bay leaf ) into the water .Also add approximately 2 teaspoons of salt to the water .Channa should be soaked 8-10 hours so that they soften and expand .

Next day pressure cook the 
chanas in the water they have been soaking in , about 3-4 whistles , turn pressure cooker off and cool  . When cool remove channas with a slotted spoon/strain them , retaining whatever water is left . DON'T throw this water .

In some hot oil throw in Hing (
Asafoetida ) and the jeera ( cumin ) , after 30 seconds add the grated onions , cook until they soften and turn a pale brown . Now add the tomato puree along with the ginger and garlic paste . Cook covered over low heat , stir occasionally and cook until oil comes on top.

Add chili powder or whole green chilies with a slit in them and the 
chanas . Add the masalas - coriander powder and Channa masala . Let the chanas cook in this , adding the water left over from the chanas and if that's not enough add normal water . At all times it should look like a thickish paste . Cook for about 5-7 minutes , now add the imli ( tamarind paste ) , add 400 ml of water ... let it all simmer covered ...when semi thick taste and adjust flavours .

Garnish with onions and whole green chilli's .

Chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, folate and protein. They are also very high in dietary fiber and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for persons with insulin sensitivity or diabetes.Chickpeas are low in fat . 

A tip from member Kay Tulli :  If U soak 2 tablespoons of black sabut Urad dal,along with the chanas overnite--that too,imparts a nice dark colour without modifying the taste! truly,DAAL MEIN KAALA HAI!!!Thx for the recipe!

1 comment:

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