Monday, September 24, 2012

Madra from Kangra Valley / Chick pea Curry


On our summer trip to North we were in Kangra valley.This was on route to Manali.We had to take a night halt at a hotel,which was totally secluded. As there was nothing around, we j took a walk around and then  stayed indoors.I went up to the hotel owner to find more about the valley and the food served there. I heard some unheard names and was curious to know more about the cuisine,so the gentleman called his local chef and asked him to prepare a Dham. Dham is a rich meal served at weddings in Kangra Valley, where they cook anywhere between 15 -20 dishes.


The chef selected  a few dishes and happily demonstrated. Coming to Madra. Madra can be made with different lentils. The most popular one is made with chick peas.The Kangra food is very very oily, but while preparing this Madra I did not have the heart to use that much oil.


The dish is unique where the gravy is made with onions,carrots and pumpkin.The whole spices and curd make it rich.One needs to put in lots of oil as a result the end product has a layer of oil.


1..................cup boiled chick peas
1................. potato, boiled cut into cubes
1..................onion , chopped
1................. carrot, grated
1..................pumpkin grated
1/2cup...... curd
1..................bay leaf
3-4............. cloves
1................. big cardamon
2-3............. small cardamons
1/2 tsp....... red chilly pwd
1/4 tsp....... turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp..... .coriander pwd
1/2 tsp...... kitchen king masala
Heat oil.
Add whole spices.
Add onions.Saute'.
Add grated carrot and pumpkins. Sauté.
Cook till the moisture dries.
Add the chick peas and oiled cubed potatoes.
Cook on slow fire till oil comes up.


view of the valley from the hotel













I must tell you that I bought this stone  serving dish from the local market in the valley,


The Dham prepared by the local chef at the hotel.

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15 comments:

  1. love all the different veggies in this one!

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  2. The valley looks so beautiful! And so does the dish, the entire spread and the bowl :)

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  3. Wow this is great I cannot stop looking at your pics. Bookmarking this one.

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  4. Awesome and totally different curry, inviting.

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  5. Curd is added before 'or' after the chick-peas?

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    1. Hi Sunil..the curd is added before adding the chick peas...u must give a feed back after trying this:)

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  6. Looks so wonderful Vaishali..anytime with chickpea

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  7. Delicious and flavorful chickpeas curry..

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  8. Wow... too grateful and awesome recipe

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  9. Hi Vaishali,
    Thank you for posting the Madra from Kangra Valley / Chick pea Curry recipe.
    I’ve been looking for this recipe since forever! LOL. :D
    I’d like to invite you to submit the pictures of your Madra from Kangra Valley / Chick pea Curry to http://www.foodporn.net so other chefs can make the same creation. :)
    You know it’s fun to make others hungry. :D
    Can’t wait for your recipe. :D

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  10. Wow..lovely Curry!!Tempting pictures..Loved with rotis.

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  11. I'm bookmarking this recipe. I love the color and the texture of the gravy, I'm so hungry now. Superb Vaishali...

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  12. oops forgot to sign in my name, the above comment was from me...Jayanthi.

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  13. Wow..... Your recipes sound delicious..... Thanks!

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