Chana Masala Recipe – Hello again dear readers. Have you noticed how stunning the weather has been these days? The summer has been making way for monsoon. The sky’s been hazy and winds cooler. The occasional thunder and light showers make it a perfect day to relish spicy and delicious food. I really do not understand the correlation between misty weather and the cravings for great food, especially something that is fried and zesty. But it certainly is a beautiful correlation. Food brings people closer. What is the better way to welcome the monsoon and enjoy the nature’s beauty than getting together with family and friends and feasting on home-made delicacies cooked with love?
Today’s recipe is chana masala, also known as chhole masala. It is a vegetarian preparation consisting of kabuli chana or garbanzo beans simmered in tangy and spicy gravy. It can be had with roti, naan, rice or bhatura. Bhatura is a type of fried Indian flatbread. This dish has its roots in Punjab, a North Indian state. Nevertheless, people across India find chana masala to be a delightful dish. It is so obvious that chana masala is prepared in hundreds of ways across the country, each recipe having a hint of its local cuisine. This particular recipe is my Mom’s and I learned it from her.
So today we enjoyed a lunch of chana masala with bhature at the dining table set by the window as the raindrops rolled down the window pane. It was an amazing afternoon! Now let’s see how to make chana masala.
Chana Masala Recipe
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Chana Masala Recipe – how?
It’s not very common to add kasoori methi to chana masala. But, it renders an earthy flavor to the dish which doesn’t overpower the typical flavors of chana masala powder. Yogurt brings down the hotness quotient of the dish. It was makes the gravy creamy and emulsified. Make sure you use fresh yogurt that is not very sour.
You can make Chana Masala Recipe with spinach as well. You can even use coconut milk instead of water for a richer version. Chana masala is a very simple recipe and requires no fancy ingredients. You just need a good brand of chhole masala and some serious sautéing to bring out the flavor.