Sunday, October 21, 2007
Kala chana(gujarati style)
It is Dasherra today, the day Raavan was killed ;)! So, I decided to make kala chana with rava sheera. Both came out really tasty. Ofcourse according to me! :D My mom used to make it at the end of Navratri after she was done with her fasting and I want to continue that tradition that she followed.
So here is the recipe:)
1 cup kala chana(actually red in color)
1 medium sized potato
1 tablespoon chana aata(yellow gram daal flour)
5-6 kadi patta
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
a pinch of asafoetida
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander powder
1 teaspoon sugar
salt to taste
cilantro for garnish
Firstly the kala chana has to soak overnight in a bowl, that has been covered, and also make sure there is enough water to soak it in.
Next day, pressure cook the chana and the potato together, for about 6 whistles. Once done, remove the peel of the potato once cooled down, and cut it into small cubes.
In a small saucepan, on medium heat, roast the chana aata for about 5-7 minutes.
In a saucepan, on medium heat, add the oil and let it heat up. Put in the kadi patta, mustard seeds, asafoetida. Once it starts crackling, add in the ginger chilli paste. Then saute it for a minute. Add the turmeric, chilli, coriander powders. Saute it for a minute. Then add in the chana potato mixture with all the water in the pressure cooker. Let it cook on medium heat. Add in the roasted chana aata. This is done to thicken the gravy of the daal. Add the sugar and salt.
Once it thickens, add in the cilantro for garnish! Eat it with puris! YUM! :)