|kabuli channa / white chickpeas||1 cup|
|onion||1 (small -finely chopped)|
|chilly powder||1 teaspoon|
|turmeric powder||1/4 teaspoon|
|coriander powder||1 teaspoon|
|garam masala||1/2 teaspoon|
|channa masala||1/2 teaspoon|
|lemon juice||1/2 teaspoon|
|coriander leaves||1 tablespoon (finely chopped)|
|onion||1 (big – roughly chopped)|
|tomato||4 (medium – roughly chopped)|
|ginger||1 inch piece|
|garlic||7 – 8|
|fennel seeds||1 teaspoon|
|cinnamon||1/2 inch piece|
1. Soak channa / chickpea in water overnight or for 8 – 9 hours. Then drain the soaked water, wash it nicely twice or thrice.
2. In a pressure cooker, add soaked channa, two cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Pressure cook for 6 – 7 whistles or till channa get cooked well. Wait till the pressure subsides.
3. Meanwhile, in another pan or kadai, heat one tablespoon of oil. Add chopped ginger and garlic and saute for a few seconds till the raw smell goes off.
4 Then add chopped onion and saute till it becomes translucent. Then add chopped tomatoes and saute well till it becomes mushy.
5. Keep it aside and allow it to cool. Transfer it to a grinder and grind it to a smooth paste. keep it aside.
6. In a pan, add oil When oil is hot enough, add the items given under tempering and saute for a second.
7. Then add finely chopped onion and saute till it becomes brownish in color.
8. Next add ground masala paste. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilly powder, garam masala and channa masala and saute well till the raw smell goes off and oil starts separating on the sides.
9. Mean while, take a few cooked channa and grind it nicely using a mixer jar or using a potato masher. Mash it well and keep it aside.
10. Once the raw smell of masala leaves, add the cooked channa along with the cooked water, the crushed channa and 2 cups of water. Check for salt. Add more if required. Bring it to boil. Then reduce the flame, cover and cook for 10 – 15 minutes.
11. Turn off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.
12. Channa masala is ready. This can be served with rice, roti, chapathi, phulka or with dosa also.
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