Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day Four : Chole Masala with Paratha

Day Four of the Blogging Marathon #7, brainchild of the lovely Srivalli , we have Chole Masala with Paratha.

Chole Masala :

Ingredients :
Chole  - 1/4 kg
Onions - 1/4 kg
Tomatoes - 2
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder-1 teaspoon
Chole Masala - 1 teaspoon
Amchur powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves of garlic - 7/8
Ginger - 1 inch
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Salt as per taste

Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida (hing)- pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Sugar - pinch
Coriander leaves - for garnishing

Method : 
Wash and soak chole overnight or at least for 6-7 hours.
In the morning, drain off the water and pressure the chole with water for 3 whistles on medium heat till they become very soft.
After 3 whistles, lower the heat and keep them for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Cut onions in small pieces or grate them.
Cut tomatoes in small pieces.
Cut cloves in small pieces and grate ginger.
Grind ginger garlic together in mixer to make a fine paste.
Heat oil in heavy bottom pan (kadhai).
When oil gets heated, add mustard seeds.
When they splutter, add cumin seeds and hing.
Add grated onions. Stir fry the onions till they become translucent.
Add ginger garlic paste and stir fry.
Add chole masala, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, amchur powder and sugar.
Stir fry till it is cooked nicely and the oil is separated.
Add tomatoes and turmeric powder.
Mix well.
Add chole and salt.
Add water only if required.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Tips :
If chole cannot be soaked overnight, soak them in lukewarm or slightly warm water with pinch of baking soda.Rinse this water thoroughly before pressure cooking. 
If amchur powder is not available, tamarind paste can be added.

Chole recipe has been adapted from "Hamkhaas Paksidhi" by Jayashree Deshpande.

Paratha :
Whole wheat flour / gehun ka atta
Red chilli powder

Method :
Knead a fine dough mixing the above and let it rest for a while.
Make parathas and serve them hot with chole masala.

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Umm Mymoonah said...

Perfect with chapathi's and poori's, looks very inviting.

sabina said...

Perfect combo..Love it any time

Mom Chef said...

adding a pinch of Sugar is new to me, although I add Kasuri Methi, which does tone down a bit of the spice !

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Devayani said...

Hi Rujuta, I see that you have started making and writing receipes for your blog again. It feels good to read your new recipes and also love to look at all the mouth watering pictures :) those Chole Looks very tempting and mouth watering....ok it is time for me to try your recipies it!

Srivalli said...

Chole masala is always a favorite...looks good..