Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Healthy Black Gram / Chana

I love black chana for two reasons - it's delicious and very healthy. This versatile food can be in the form of dry snack or as a curry. This is the dry version of the dish.

  • 250 gms - black chana
  • 2 tbsp. ginger - grated
  • 2 tbsp. garlic - grated
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 chilies - finely chopped
  • 2 small carrots - grated
  • 2 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 4 tbsp. mustard oil
  • Spices:
    • 1tbsp. Jeera
    • 1 tsp. Haldi / Turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp. Red Chili powder
    • 1 tsp. Jeera powder
    • Salt to taste
  • Wash and soak black chana overnight. Pressure cook the black chana with chopped green chilies. It usually takes 4 - 5 pressure whistles for the chana to be cooked.
  • In a pan, add the mustard oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions, garlic and ginger. Saut√© till the onions get a nice light brown color to them.   
  • Add jeera, jeera powder, haldi powder, red chili powder and salt and mix well. Add tomato puree and mix till the puree and the spices begin to get a dark red color.
  • Strain the water from the black chana in a separate bowl. Add the dry chana to the spices and onion mix and saut√©.
  • Now pour the boiled black chana water and allow the  water to boil and reduce.
  • When it dries up, turn off the flame.
  • In case you like a gravy dish, boil the water for 3 minutes and serve with rice / chapatti.
  • You can serve the dry black chana as a side dish or as a snack.
Suggested garnishing for snack:
  • Finely chop onions and coriander leaves. Sprinkles few drops of lemon juice and them Add the mixture to the chana before serving!
Bon appetite!