Ready and go

October 31, 2006



Chick peas are cheap, bland and readily available. Like your average Big Brother auditionee. But dressed up in masalas, they’re quite another story.

They are delicious and so easy to cook. I found a fantastic Atul Kochhar recipe for lamb in chick peas in the BBC’s Olive Magazine. Line three of the recipe said something about soaking the chick peas overnight so it’ll have to receive the QIC treatment before it can apear on this blog.

When I make chana or chick peas, I used the ready cooked variety, the type soaking in brine in a lurid coloured tin. But the tin doesn’t matter, it’s what on the inside that counts.

I tend to cook chick peas as a super easy side dish to a meat preparation and dhal. You can decide how much gravy you want in it. Normally it should have a soupy gravy but my hubby likes it drier.

This recipe serves 2-3 depending on what else you’re serving with it:

1 small onion, roughly chopped

1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped Half inch ginger, finely chopped

2 tsp coriander powder

2 tsp cumin powder

Half tsp chilli powder

Half tsp garam masala

1 tomato, roughly chopped

1 tin of chick peas, 400-500gms, drained and rinsed

1.5 tbsp of sunflower oil

1 cup water

Salt to taste

Heat the oil and when hot add the chopped onion. Fry on a high heat for three minutes until it is translucent. Then add the ginger and garlic and fry for another five minutes until the whole mixture starts turning brown.

Add all the masala powders, bar the garam masala. Fry for five minutes on high and then add half a cup of water. The masala mixture will bubble up. Let it cook until the water dries up.

Then add the chopped tomato and fry for five minutes until the tomatoes disintegrate. When they do, lower the flame and simmer for 5 minutes until you can see the oil coming out from the sides of the mixture. It may not come through little holes in the mixture because of its thickness.

When the oil shows up, add the rinsed chick peas. Give it a good stir, add the remaining water, the garam masala powder and simmer for 15 minutes until you can see oil appearing on the surface of the gravy and the mixture starts smelling of chick peas rather than pungent masalas. Add salt to taste.


9 Responses to “Ready and go”

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  2. Diwali Dhamaka Says:

    November 14th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    […] A fully vegetarian meal to keep the tone auspicious and served with copious quantities of alcohol: Chana Masala, Kashmiri Paneer, Dahi Wale Aloo, Vegetable Pulao and Coconut Laddoos. I’ll share the Dahi […]

  3. john Says:

    January 20th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    this recipe is rubbish…i dont think the other comments are real as everything burn in the pan!!…you cant put that many dry ingredients into a pan and cook on high for the ammount of time suggested without everything burning…really rubbish recipe!!!

  4. Mallika Says:

    December 6th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks Julia… enjoy

  5. Julia Says:

    November 14th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Delicious! Thanks for this and all your recipes. You’re a great resource for a budding cook!

  6. jenell Says:

    November 28th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    great recipe, really simple too!!

  7. Eric jamed Says:

    November 17th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    The recipe is nice but you din’t mention how much chana masla is needed. in the end you just mentioned put chana masala. How much?

  8. Susan Says:

    July 31st, 2010 at 4:36 am

    OMG,heavenly! I am eating with a spoon, LOL! Over the last couple of years I have been slowly learning how to cook Indian food one recipe at a time, thanks to you and your blog. I’m a vegetarian but lack a lot of cooking skill so your instructions and recipes are soooo helpful. Plus I love your witty persepctive on so many things! Thanks!

  9. Lisa Says:

    November 11th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    This recipe was amazing! Well worth the time and effort and the house smelled gr8


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