Chole/ Chana South indian style!

Chef Rupa, January 15, 2017

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As the saying goes necessity is the mother of invention. This dish was the byproduct of such necessity. My mother in law a pure vegetarian doesn’t even eat onion and garlic. I was going to make a feast of north indian dishes that day, but didn’t want to leave my mil out of it. She was also quite bored of the regular restaurant style chana without onion and garlic, so i figured this is my opportunity to not only make a jain style dish for her but also make it unique and tasty so she really enjoys it. And voila this was the recipe that arose as a result. This was so tasty that even though i am not a big fan of chana masala I enjoyed it tremendously. Try it for yourself, it is so easy to make and such a lovely change from the regular chana masala you will be coming back for more! I assure you that!

Chole/ Chana South indian style!
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Mins
Cook Time
15 Mins
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Mins
Cook Time
15 Mins
Chole/ Chana South indian style!
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Mins
Cook Time
15 Mins
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Mins
Cook Time
15 Mins
Instructions
  1. South Indian style chole/chana masala
  2. Drain a can of garbanzo beans and wash the beans well in a colander. Alternatively you can soak dry chana overnight in water, drain the water and rinse it. Add twice the amount of water some salt and pressure cook it.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add jeera, bayleaves and star anise. Add turmeric powder and saute
  4. In a blender, grind coconut, poppy seeds and cashews. Add the tomatoes and tomato puree and grind everything into a smooth paste
  5. Add this ground masala to the pan and let it come to a boil, now add garam masala, red chilli powder, salt and chana. Let it simmer for a few minutes till it thickens a little.
  6. Switch off the flame and garnish it with cilantro.
  7. Serve hot with roti or rice
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2 thoughts on “Chole/ Chana South indian style!”

  1. Risha says:

    Hi Rupa,

    This is a interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing. I plan to try it out.

    1. Chef Rupa says:

      Thank you. Please do and let me know how it turns out.

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