A delicious, vegetarian, fragrant Indian entree that will be worth the time.
Servings: 6 people
- 1 1/4 cup chickpeas /chana
- 5 cloves garlic peeled whole
- 1 cinnamon stick 1"
- 1 black cardamom/badi elaichi whole
- 3 green cardamom/ choti elaichi whole
- 3 cloves whole
- 1 bay leaf/ tej patta
- 8 black pepper corns whole
- 1 no. black tea bag darjeeling
- salt to taste
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 onions blend to a paste
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 1 tbsp garlic paste
- 3 tomatoes pureed
- 1 green chilli finely chopped
- salt to taste
- 1.5 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp red chilli powder
- 1 tbsp cumin powder
- 1.5 tbsp anardana/ dry pomegranate seeds powder see notes
- 1 cup water hot
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves/methi leaves
- 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
Soak the chickpeas for at least 5 hours or if possible overnight.
Transfer to a pressure cooker and add the garlic, whole spices, tea bag and salt. Pour water to cover the chickpeas an inch above, stir and cover with lid.
Pressure on medium flame for 3-4 whistles.Note: If using instant pot, out on hight pressure for 6 minutes and natural release
Once the pressure is released naturally, check the cooked chickpeash for "smushy" consistency. Remove the tea bag to avoid bitterness and all the whole spices. You can leave the garlic in.
For the Gravy
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat 2 tbs oil. On a medium high flame, add the onion paste and cook to golden brown. Add a few splashes of water to avoid burning.
Add the ginger garlic pastes and pinch of slat- continue to cook till all the raw smell is gone.
Now add the tomato puree and cook till oil starts releasing from the mix.
Add the green chilli, coriander, cumin. anardana and red chilli powder and cook on a simmer for 3-5 minutes with a 1/2 cup of water
Now add all the chickpeas along with the liquid into the pan. Mix thoroughly Add a cup of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5-7 minutes for 5 minutes after.
Now add the garam masala and methi powder to the chana. Check for salt and add chopped cilantro. Simmer for 7-10 minutes on a low flame till desired consistency of the gravy is reached
- Anardana/pomegranate seeds are easily available online or at your local grocery store. Roast a bit to dry the seeds out and then make a powder.
- The chana masala should have a thick gravy consistency.