Monday, April 16, 2007

Aaloo Chole

Serves 4

2 medium sized Potatoes (boiled)
5 tbsps + to shallow fry Oil
4-6 Green chillies (slit)
1 tbsp Ginger paste
1½ tsps Red chilli powder
1 tbsp Pomegranate seeds (अनार्दाना)
2 medium sized Tomatoes
2 tbsps Coriander powder
2 tbsps Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Dry mango powder (अम्चुर)
Salt to taste
1½ cups Chickpeas (kabuli chana)
1 tbsp Tea leaves or Tea Bag : Makes the chana black
2-3 Dried Indian gooseberry (amla) : This will make the chana black
1 tsp Garam masala powder
2 tbsps Cumin seeds
1 tbsp Garlic paste


Wash and soak chickpeas in four cups of water overnight.
Tie tealeaves and amla in muslin cloth to form a bundle.
Drain chickpeas, add six to eight cups water, salt and tealeaves-amla tied in muslin cloth.
Pressure cook for twenty minutes or until soft and completely cooked.
Drain the cooked chickpeas and reserve the cooking liquor.
Discard bundle of tealeaves-amla.
Peel the boiled potatoes and cut them into one inch sized cubes.
Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan, add one teaspoon of cumin seeds, slit green chillies, garlic paste, ginger paste, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, amchur powder, one cup of cooking stock and stir. In another pan heat sufficient oil, add potatoes and shallow fry till golden.
Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep aside.
Add boiled chickpeas to the masala, add some more cooking stock and salt.
Cook on high heat.
Roast the remaining cumin seeds and anardana and crush.
Add fried potatoes to the chole and mix.
Add the crushed masala, garam masala powder and mix.
Add a little water or stock.
Cut the tomatoes into quarters.
Heat three tablespoons of oil in a pan, add tomatoes and sauté for a few minutes.
Adjust seasoning in the chole, add the tomatoes and simmer for few minutes Serve hot.

Apke Garma Garam Aaloo Chole Tayaar hain...Puri ya Bhature ke saath serve kariyae.