Special Recipe: Kala Chana with Sushma Varma

Kala Chana

Ingredients:

Kala Chana: 3 cups

Water: 6 cups

Black cardamom: 3

Bay leaves: 3

Cloves: 6

Cumin seeds: 1 1/2 tsp

Cinnamon sticks: 1 1/2 in

Onions: 1 1/2 medium sized

Tomatoes: 3 small sized

Ginger: 1 1/2 in

Garlic: 6 cloves

Green Chilies: 3 small sized

Powder masalas- Coriander pwd, Garam masala, Cumin pwd, Anardana pwd, Red chilli pwd- all 3 tsp each.

Steps to make

1. Make Onion-Tomatoes-Ginger-Garlic-Green Chilies paste in a blender. Our out into a bowl.

2. Put 1/2 cup water into the blender and whisk the water around to collect more paste. Pour this water into a bowl and add all the powder masala like coriander, garam masala, cumin pwd, anardana pwd and red chilli pwd. Mix well.

3. In a pressure cooker,

+ 3 tsp oil

+ all whole masalas- cumin, black cardamom, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamom sticks crushed

+ paste from step 1.

Roast really well until all water evaporates

+ paste from step 2

Roast really well until oil separates

+ soaked kala chana

Roast really well for 10 mins

+water

+salt to taste

Pressure cook for 50 mins, high at first, on medium after the first whistle.

Garnish with cilantro leaves and roasted whole red chilies.

 

Serve with Pooris and sliced onions and green chilies.

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