BM # 71
Week 1, Day 1
Theme; Make a Meal
Another new edition of Blogging Marathon and for the first week I have chosen to cook under the theme Make a Meal. Now this is a very wide theme where the meal can have a single dish or it can have a combo of dishes .
For the very first day I have a simple meal, a meal that both my hubby and I love and enjoyed while we were on our vacation to Spain. My hubby loves Chole and while we were staying in Tennerife we bought a pack of chickpeas. Making channa was not a problem the problem was that this kitchen had no pressure cooker. Had I known about it, I would have bought a can of these, but it was too late. I soaked the chickpeas at night and early morning washed them well and placed them in a pot with loads of water, a couple of tea bags and salt and placed them to cook with the stove fire on minimum. We then left for a nice long walk. We came back after nearly 11/2 hours and as soon as I entered I checked the chickpeas. Wow , they were cooked, and very beautifully. So now I discovered that chana can be cooked without a pressure cooker too.
We enjoyed the meal with some bread , salad and a drink
250 gms chickpeas
2 tea bags
1 green chilly
1 tbsp ginger, juillines
Salt to taste
Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight.
Add all the above ingredients and place them on slow fire with enough water.
Let cook for about 11/2 hours or till done.
Discard the tea bags.
Now the Chana is ready to be made.
2 onions,finely chopped
1/2 cup tomato purée
1/4 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp lemon juice
Add chopped onions, cook till they are nearly brown.
Add the tomato purée.
Cook till moisture evaporates.
Add all spices and then the cooked chickpeas.
Add lemon juice and adjust the consistency by adding water. ( if required)
Heat a tsp of oil, add a pinch of red chilly, temper the Chana with this.