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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pindi Choley

There is a certain level of comfort associated with cooking from a cookbook. After all, these are recipes that have been tried, tested and honed to perfection by experts who have spent years mastering their art. No air of confusion/indecision, mad scrambling at the last moment to find some ingredient to balance the flavors or nail-biting anticipation about how the dish will finally will turn out. I know it can be quite exhilarating at times but it is not something you want to experience every time you walk into the kitchen.

So, when I am in a mood to relax I look no further then my  favorite cookbook author Tarla Dalal. Her recipes are crisp and precise, with useful notes added wherever necessary. This is one such recipe that I had in mind for quite sometime. Read on:


















Preparation Time - 45 mins

Ingredients - 1 cup kabuli chana (garbanzo beans), 1 tbsp chana dal, 1 big cardamon, 1 inch long cinnamon, a pinch of baking soda, 1 tsp tea leaves, 1/2 cup grated onions, 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp pomegranate powder, 1 tsp grated ginger, 1 green chilli (chopped), 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 3/4 cup tomato puree, 2 tsp chole masala, 5 tsp oil, salt to taste.

Preparation - Soak the kabuli chana and chana dal overnight.

Cooking - Wash and transfer the pulses into a pressure cooker. Add cinnamon, cardamom, baking powder, salt and tea leaves along with 2 1/2 cups water. Cook for 2-3 whistles.

Allow steam to escape before opening lid. Drain the water and it keep aside (do not throw way). Remove and discard the big cardamom and cinnamon stick.

Heat the oil in a kadai. Add grated onion and fry to a light brown.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they soften. Add the grated ginger, green chilli, pomegranate powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Fry for 1 minute.

Add pureed tomatoes and cook till oil starts to separate from the gravy.

Add the boiled pulses and choley masala. Fry for 2-3 minutes.

Add the drained water and adjust the salt. Cook till semi-dry or as you prefer it.

Garnish with onions and coriander leaves. Serve hot with rotis/parathas or bhatura/puris.




     














Note - This is a semi-dry dish unlike the gravy laden Punjabi Choley.

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