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  Added: May 22, 2006  •  Visited (434)  •  Print version Print this recipe (72)  •  eMail recipe eMail recipe  •  Write review  •  Not rated Rate this recipe
Curried Chick - Peas
(Chana Dal)
What You Need:
  • 1 cup chana dal (dried chick-peas, or garbanzos)
  • 1 teaspoon tea leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon scraped, finely chopped fresh ginger root
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon ground hot red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

  • How To Cook:
    1. In a large sieve or colander, wash the chick-peas under cold running water until the draining water runs clear. Drop the chick-peas into a large bowl or pan, pour in enough water to cover them by at least 2 inches, and let them soak at room temperature uncovered for 12 hours or overnight.

    2. Drain the chick-peas in a large sieve or colander, place them in a heavy 3- to 4-quart saucepan, and add the tea leaves, salt and 4 cups of the water. Bring to a boil over high heat, partially cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and simmer

    3. In a separate 3- to 4-quart saucepan, heat the ghee over high heat until a drop of water flicked into it splutters instantly. Add the cumin seeds and stir for 30 seconds, then add the onions and ginger. Lower the heat to moderate and, stirring constantly, fry the mixture for 7 to 8 minutes, until the onions are soft and golden brown.

    4. Watch carefully for any sign of burning and regulate the heat accordingly. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, red pepper, and 1 tablespoon of water, and fry for 1 minute. Then add the chick-peas, their cooking liquid and the remaining 1 cup of water.

    5. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over high heat, cover the pan tightly, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the chick-peas are tender but still intact. Taste for seasoning, ladle the entire contents of the pan into a heated bowl. Sprinkle with the fresh coriander and serve at once.

    To Serve: 4 to 6
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    Cuisine » Asia » India
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Peas
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Onion
    Main Ingredient » Condiments » Ghee
    Dish » Side Dishes


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