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Monday, February 28, 2011

METHIWALE KABULI CHOLE (Rajasthani style)


INGREDIENTS:

Kabul channa - 1 cup
Methi leaves - 2 cups (tightly packed)
Green chillies - 2
Tomato - 1
Grated ginger - 1 tsp.
Coriander leaves (chopped) - 2 tablespoons
Besan flour - 2 tbsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Jeera powder - 1/4 tsp.
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp.
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp.
Amchur powder - 1/4 tsp. OR tamarind paste - 1/4 tsp.
Cashew paste - 1 tablespoon
Hing - a pinch
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp.
Cloves - 2 or 3
Cinnamon - 1" stick
Cardamom - 1
Butter - 2 tablespoons
Salt - as per taste

METHOD:

Soak chenna overnight. Drain out the soaked water. Fill fresh water upto an inch above the chenna. Pressure cook it with salt for 3 whistles. When the pressure releases, take out and drain the water completely and keep aside. Mash a ladle of channa separately.

Chop tomatoes into small pieces. Chop methi leaves and coriander leaves roughly. Chop green chillies. Grate ginger.

Heat a pan and dry roast besan flour till the raw smell is diffused. Take out, mix in water and make a slightly thick paste. Keep aside.

In the same pan, melt butter. When hot, add cumin seeds. When it splutters, add the whole spices, hing and turmeric powder. Add in the chopped green chillies, ginger and tomatoes. Saute for 2 minutes. Now add the chopped methi leaves alongwith salt. When the leaves are cooked add all the powders(except amchur powder). Saute for 1 minute and add the pressure cooked kabul channa and mashed channa. (If using tamarind paste add it at this stage). Pour in 1/2 cup of water and cook it covered for a while till the masala flavours are infused in the channa. When done, take out the lid and add the cashew paste & also the besan solution. Allow it to boil. Now add amchur powder and coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot with rotis or parathas.

It can also be mixed with hot cooked rice and ghee.

NOTE:
The original recipe can be found here. It was quite interesting without onion and garlic. But I changed certain ways to suit our family's tastes. The original recipe had a raw version of besan solution. But I dry roasted the besan flour and made a solution as I felt the besan flour will have a nice aroma when dry roasted. It was awesome.

44 comments :

  1. looks yumm..love the spices..am sure it would have tasted great with rotis as well as rice..

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  2. Looks very gud adding methi is real gud

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  3. Looks very yummy..would b gr8 wid roti...

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  4. Wow this is interesting and a new dish to me..looks perfect with rotis

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  5. yummmmmmmmmmmy a lovely combo of methi leaves and chana should be really wonderful and tasty.

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  6. Never tried this combo..Sounds yummy :)

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  7. Yumm,thats a very flavourful and delicious channa dish...

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  8. Sure this is a nice variation from our usual channa masala!

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  9. This is new to me but looks super yummy

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  10. very interesting and new recipe.just now i bought a big bunch of methi leaves .will try this for sure

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  11. sometimes even I enjoy cooking without onions & garlic:) this recipe is very interesting-Methi ,besan and cashew should add an interesting twist:)

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  12. Wow....aromatic and spice full....

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  13. What a complete dish!!....I love chick peas....and the mix of spices you have used is tempting me!!....I love it!!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

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  14. Great with rotis,delicious and aromatic,nice recipe.

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  15. Superb,Shanthi.The excellent picture leaves one drooling:))

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  16. One of my fav's ....its yummy

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  17. You remind me of my native, Shanti! Feel like having it from my mom kitchen soon :)

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  18. That's different yet aromatic curry. Lovely!!!

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  19. Yummy bowl and inviting :)

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  20. I have never tried this combo.This dish looks so beautiful and delicious.I am trying this out soon.

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  21. Super...would love to have with chapati...

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  22. A perfect side dish to be enjoyed with rotis

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  23. Nice combo. The dish looks vibrant and colourful!

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  24. Love it totally .. wonderful and healthy sidedish for roti..

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  25. A recipe that uses no onions, no garlic is a keeper for days that I particularly do not include them in cooking. I do not get methi leaves often, but will give this a try when I find a bunch. Wondering if I may use kasuri methi, reducing the quantity though!

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  26. A complete,aromatic dish, with no garlic n onions ,will book mark it..

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  27. Yummy recipe! I never tried kabuli chana in this style but now a must try!

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  28. Dear Shanthi,
    Good Evening!HAPPY SHIVARATRI!
    An awesome presentation!the bowl is so attractive...dish looks so delicious and tempting............
    Wonderful work...
    Wishing you wonderful evening,
    Sasneham,
    Anu

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  29. Simply delicious..looks so yumm!!

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  30. wow, looks so superb and tempting, love the color.

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  31. Super ah irrukku - I've had this many times before when I was in college - can't remember if it was my hostel or someone house! LOL! But looks very healthy!

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  32. Mouthwatering- that's all I'm gonna say! Will stalk your posts from now and glad to do it :)

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