Chole Masala (Spicy chickpeas)

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Chole Masala (Spicy Chickpeas)


Prep Time: 20 mins          Cook Time: 35 mins             Idle Time: 8 hrs              Serves: 4 to 5


Ingredients

For cooking chickpeas:

  1. ¾ cup white chickpeas (chole or safed chana) ­
  2. Soak the chick peas overnight in enough water
  3. 2 cups water for pressure cooking
  4. 2 to 3 pieces of dried Phyllanthus emblica (Amla) OR 1 black tea bag, 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  5. 2 to 3 cloves (Lavang)
  6. 1 black cardamom (Badi Elaichi)
  7. 1 small to medium tej patta (Indian bay leaf) – Optional

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Rajma Masala (Authentic Red Kidney Bean Curry)

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Red Kidney Beans


Prep Time: 20 mins          Cook Time: 45 mins             Idle Time: 8 hrs              Serves: 4 to 5


Ingredients
  1. 1 cup rajma Or Red Kidney beans (any variety)
  2. 1 large onion OR 150 grams onions OR about ¾ to 1 cup finely chopped onions
  3. 3 medium or 2 large tomatoes OR 250 grams tomatoes OR 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  4. 3 to 4 medium garlic + 1 inch ginger + 1 to 2 green chilies ­ crushed to a paste in a mortar­pestle OR about 1 tablespoon ginger + garlic + green chili paste.
  5. 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ask for Dhania powder in Indian Store)
  6. ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder (ask for Lal Mirch powder)
  7. ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (Haldi powder)
  8. 1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing) ­
  9. Optional ¼ to ½ teaspoon Hot Mixed Species (Garam Masala) powder
  10. ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (Jeera)
  11. 1 teaspoon crushed Dry Fenugreek leaves (Kasuri Methi)
  12. 2 tablespoon butter + 1 tablespoon oil OR 3 tablespoon butter
  13. 2 to 3 tablespoon cream
  14. 3.5 to 4 cups water for pressure cooking
  15. 1.5 to 2 cups of rajma stock (the water which is used to cook the rajma) OR plain water for the gravy or curry
  16. Salt as required

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