Kabuli Chana/Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans needs no introduction, it's one popular bean through out the world. Specially in Mediterranean & Indian(to be more specific north Indian) Cuisine it has a lot of importance, 99% of Indian restaurants have Punjabi Chole/Chana Masala on their menu. Kabuli Chanas are white in color & the name Kabuli comes from the city name Kabul(capital of Afghanistan). For very long time Afghanistan was the gateway to Indian sub-continent and it is suppose to be the place from where Kabuli Chana/Chickpeas were introduced in Indian subcontinent. Now, India is the largest producer of Chickpeas in world.
From Indian Cuisine the most popular Chana/Chickpeas dish is Chana Masala or very popularly known as Chole in north Indian households, which goes with the combination of Puri/Bhatura/Kulcha (flat Indian breads). I have already posted Chana Masala/Punjabi Chole recipe here. Today I'm sharing a very healthy but less time consuming recipe and taste wise also it's a hit.
What U need :
- 1 cup of dried uncooked chanas/chickpeas, soaked overnight.
- 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
- 1 med. size onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 3-4 green chillies, chopped finely
- 1 & 1/2 cup of veggies, chopped into small bite size pieces( I used carrot, zucchini & eggplant/baingan)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. dhania/coriander powder
- 1 tsp. jeera/cumin powder
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- handful of chopped cilantro for garnish
- l & 1/2 tablespoon oil
What U do :
- Boil the chickpeas with 1 tsp. of salt & 2 bay leaves.
- Once the chickpeas are cooked, heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Saute garlic for few seconds, add onions, cook till translucent.
- Add chopped veggies, sprinkle some salt, saute them. Once they are around half done add all the dry spices.
- Next add tomato paste & little liquid from boiled chickpeas and green chillies. Also add drained chickpeas(see notes) to it and cook it covered till the veggies are done.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro & serve with roti/naan or with your fav. bread.