My kids love Chana Masala with Puri. Infact I love it too, and love the fact that they love it, which makes it possible for me to make it every other week. I know that's quite a tongue twister. There are two breakfast combos that my kids love, one is AppamTomato Kurma and the other is the Poori Chana Masala. How many ever times I make it, they can eat that without complaints.
The Sunday I made this thali, it was even more wonderful as they got to eat their Appam Tomato Kurma for breakfast and the channa masala with pooris for lunch. Since I made methi puris, I also made some luchis for them. While Konda was fine with eating Methi Poori, Chinnu wanted more luchis. Then I fed him Chana Masala with Saffron rice, he liked that too. In all it was a delicious meal that my kids enjoyed too.
I have my usual recipes for chana masala and I also make it in couple of different recipes. I thought I should make it differently and since it was served for lunch, decided to make it spicy.
Spicy Chana Masala
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Spicy Chana Masala
Kaduli Channa / Chickpea - 1 cup
Onion puree - 1 cup
Tomato puree - 1 & 1/2 cup
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Green Chili - 2 long
Salt to taste
Bay Leaf - 2
Cinnamon - 2
Cardamon - 1
Cloves - 2
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Chana Masala powder - 1 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Butter -1 tbsp
How to make Spicy Channa Masala
Wash and puree Onions and tomatoes seperately.
Heat a non stick pan with butter, add the whole spices. Stir for the spices to cook for couple of minutes.
Add the onion puree, mix well. Cook in simmer till the onion puree is cooked well.
Next add the tomato puree and continue cooking. When oil starts coming out of the paste, add all the spice powders and combine everything well. Add cooked Channa, mashing handful of channa for making the gravy thick.
Finally add the slit green chilies, cook in simmer with lid closed.
After 5 - 7 mins, add one cup of water and bring to boil.
Add coriander leaves and switch off.
Serve with Saffron Rice.
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