Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Restaurant Style Channa masala| Channa batura Chick peas Gravy

Hope everyone had a festive long weekend, today as I type this the weather is beautiful in Chennai!So this is the kind of food everyone of us would crave for.

Channa batura recipe
As i write this post I think I have not added much recipes of this wonder lentil as much as i make it. I make it almost every week one time atleast.The kids love them just plain boiled.I have to hide some to make the gravy always.
I watched this gravy and batura recipe on Zee khana khazana channel i totally loved it and wanted to try it at once(which i did).

Preparation time 25 minutes

 For the channa gravy you need

Chana/chick peas 1cup
Ginger 1/2 inch piece finely chopped
Garlic 3 pods finely chopped
Onion 1 large finely chopped
Tomato 1 large finely chopped
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Chana masala 1 tsp (see notes)
Garam masala 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tablespoons

To grind to a fine paste 
(take this from the above ingredients when chopped)
Few boiled chana 2 tablespoons
Onion 1 tablespoon
Tomato 1tablespoon
Ginger garlic half a tsp each

  • Soak the channa over night and drain the soaked water, now pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.
  • Allow to cool and take few cooked chana and grind the above paste and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, onions and fry well.
  • Add the finely chopped ginger and garlic and saute well.
  • Add tomatoes fry well until almost mashed.
  • Add the ground masala and fry well for 2-3 minutes until the onions lose the raw smell.
  • Add the powders and add half cup of water.(use water added to cook the channa)
  • Add the cooked channa add salt to taste ( i have already added salt to cook the chana so add just enough for the gravy else it will be excess).
  • COver and cook for 5-10 minutes.Turn off the heat.
  • Delicious creamy restaurant style channa masala is ready to go with hot baturas.

 Enjoy this hot favourite chaat dish for the coming festive season or any occasions.

Notes :
- I didn't have chana masala in hand so added some dhaniya powder that i usually add to curries and ready made garam masala from the packs.
- Did you know there are big channas and small ones available these days.I have used the smaller one in this recipe.Nothing special I just thought they're cute.

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