BLACK CHICKPEAS CURRY







BLACK CHICKPEAS CURRY
We went to a nearby Indian recently and had this black peas curry in the buffet. It tasted real good with a mild spiciness going throughout the dish and surprise! Hubby dear went for a second helping of this curry with rotis. He also asked me, “Why are you not making these types of curries at home?” Hmm….The next weekend, I rolled up my sleeves, bought black chickpeas and a simple curry with them and since then this dish has been weekend special at my home. I have not used any masala powders like in chole masala. I have only used some fennel seeds here and if needed they can be omitted. I prepared this whole dish in a pressure pan. Once the chickpeas were cooked, I opened the lid and let it simmer for a few more minutes in the pressure pan itself to thicken it. Another method is that the chickpeas can be cooked separately and added with the cooked gravy and seasonings and simmered for a few more minutes before serving.

INGREDIENTS:
Black chick peas, soaked overnight, 1 cup.
Red onions, 2, medium-sized.
Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon.
Chili powder, 1 teaspoon.
Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon.
Curry leaves, 1 sprig.
Fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon.
Salt as per taste.

PREPARATION:
Dice the onion finely and keep aside. Heat the pressure pan with a tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the fennel seeds and curry leaves and fry for a few seconds. Then add the chopped onions along with the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes until the onions are well caramelized. Add 1-3/4 cups of water along with chili powder, coriander powder, salt, and the black chick peas and close the pressure pan and cook the chick peas for 2 whistles or until the chick peas are cooked (mine cooks in 2 whistles). Once the chickpeas are cooked, switch off the stove and release the pressure from the cooker and remove the lid. Then let the gravy simmer for a few more minutes in the pan itself and serve hot with rotis or rice.

26 comments:

Asha said...

I love Kala chana, I am posting one too next week, love the taste! :)

Ann said...

We keralites are addicted to kala chana..Mainly with puttu..looks yummy and feel sorry that we dont get it here.

Cham said...

Very simple and there is no much masala good one Gita!

Priya said...

QUiet a simple curry, prefect side for rotis, i love this much Gita!!

Varsha Vipins said...

I love chick peas..usually we make with fried coconut gravy..tastes divine with puttu/appam

Laavanya said...

I simply love the taste of black channa - kabuli channa just can't compare. Curry sounds simple & delicious.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I would love to have this with hot rice! recipe sounds good!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh nice recipe.. very different one. looks good gita.

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely curry dear.....goew yummy with rice...i too have posted of its recipe....kondakalai sam and kurma...please do check it when u r free

Malar Gandhi said...

I love kala chana so much, my all time favourite...kuzhambu looks yummy.

Jaishree said...

Simple & delicious curry gita .yum love it!

Uma said...

Looks great Gita! Mouth-watering curry!

Poornima Nair said...

This is my hubby fav curry...he loves it with puttu...urs sounds yumm.

Vibaas said...

nice recipe geeta. i believe kala channa is much more nutritious than white channa.

Pooja said...

Never tasted kala chana..your dish is looking simple and tasty..

Priti said...

Looks so yummy...one of my fav....

Vicky Xavier. said...

Black channa is my favo. Prefer it over the whiter one for its fiber content. Ur curry looks easy and good.

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely! Will try this recipe!

n33ma said...

Thats a lovely curry Gita.

Purva Desai said...

I simply love kala chana....they look really tempting with those rotis

Shama Nagarajan said...

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Valarmathi said...

Lovely chickpeas curry. Perfect for puttu. i love it.

Preety said...

i love this curry..sometime i just boil it and temper it with cumin mustard and some spices..love to have it with poori ..

chk out my recipe here

http://preetyskitchen.blogspot.com/2008/11/kala-channa.html

vidhas said...

Love the kala chana. Reicpes sound great. Love to have right now. Since your sis is living in Thiruvanmiyur when you come down to chennai we will meet.

DEESHA said...

i love the taste of kala channa. nice curry gita

Yasmeen said...

Sure I can take 2 servings of these tasty spicy chana:)