Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Methi chana


Having a bunch of methi (fenu greek) leaves to finish, I made a simple side dish which turned out very flavourful and tasty. The Balchao masala ( red chili -vinegar paste)) made the taste of the dish turn around :) and added the rocking spice factor. Salt and aamchur powder in the right quantiy brought the perfectness to the taste. Here's the recipe.


Ingredients:

1 cup Black chickpeas (kala chana), soaked overnight and pressure cooked, drained, the water conserved for cooking.
1-2 Potatoes, cooked, peeled, cubed
1 bunch Methi leaves, cleaned , chopped, open-cooked in water till cooked(colour changed to dark green),drain the water and set aside the cooked methi leaves.
1 tsp cumin seeds.
1 onion, finely chopped.
1 tomato, finely chopped.
salt to taste.
2 tbsp oil

For the masala paste:
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp balchao masala, here's the link from Lisa's blog
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp aamchur powder (dry mango powder)
*Mix all the masala paste ingredients with 2-3 tsps of water in a bowl and set it aside.

Method:
1. Heat oil in a kadhai/wok and add cumin seeds. Once they begin to pop add the onions and fry till translucent.
2. Add the tomatoes and fry till they become soft.
3. Now add the masala paste, salt , potatoes, chana and fry for sometime.
4. Add the methi leaves, conserved water obtained from cooking chana( u can add a little more water if u want) mix thoroughly.
5. Taste and adjust the salt and aamchur powder if necessary.
6. Cook till the gravy thickens depending on the desired consitency.
7. Serve hot with roti/puri/rice.

46 comments:

Pooja said...

Delicious suparna..New combo to me..Love the addition of amchur powder..

sowmya said...

good one..looks yumm..

Parita said...

Delicious combo dear...new to me..looks tasty :)

Sharmila said...

Wow! Love kala chana .. and this is one recipe I must try. :-) With methi sounds delicious. :-)

Priya said...

Healthy and lovely combo Suparna...looks great!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Looks delicious Suparna...love the combination of potato with methi and chickpeas...yum :)

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Very delicious and healthy. Kala Channa is much more nutritious than the lighter one. Just love your dish.

Happy cook said...

Looks so yummy delicous.

Bong Mom said...

Should try this one. planted whole lot of methi seeds yesterday. Hope they grow :)

ARUNA said...

tht's fantastic dish suparna.....!

Vani said...

Nice recipe, Suparna. Looks delicious

Lisa said...

Great use of that balchao masala! I can imagine how well it went with the methi leaves.

Mangala Bhat said...

lovely comboo ..fanatastic click ..hey i just love that bowl wher did u get that from ? lovely thanks for sharing

DEESHA said...

Methi chana looks yumm

Valarmathi said...

Lovely combo. looks delicious.

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely... Nice recipe..

Ushanandini said...

Methi chana looks delicious! Lovely combo of chana and methi! :)

Cham said...

Channa and methi looks very tempting!

Priyameena said...

Adding Aamchur powder is really a kick...I just simply love the bowl..

Pooja said...

Looks delicious! Love the combo with channa. And what a cute bowl!

homecooked said...

Nice Suparna! Looks yummy! You put whole potatoes to the dish? I can just imagine the taste with the balchao masala :) Liked the shape of the bowl too...very unusual!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Very innovative ish. I have never heard of the balchao masala - but it must be great...The dish you serve in is so cute too...
Just a perfect dish (pun intended)!

Varsha Vipins said...

oh slurppp..i loved the look of the gravy Sups..looks great n yum..:)

Superchef said...

oooohh..that balchao masala sounds great and how innovative to use it in our regular methi chana! way to go girl!!!

Rahin said...

love the combination , looks gud

Ammu said...

Wonderful combination. Would have tated great.

Kayal said...

It looks so delicious. Will try it out for sure.

Dolon said...

I never tried chana with methi leaves. The picture looks realy delicious & the recipe sounds quite easy too . Next time I will try .
Please check my blog @ http://www.doloncookbook.blogspot.com/

Viki's Kitchen said...

I agree red chilly + vinegar makes a great masala. Methi channa could have tasted great. Yummy recipe.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

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Jaya said...

Suparna,
methi kala chana looks great dear ..I am sure it tasted even better :))..
hugs and smiles

Priti said...

That is yum...love the pics and the sabji must have taste so yum rite?

churningthewordmill said...

nice combination there-aloo,chana n methi..how come i never thot of it?!

Renu said...

lovely recipe...and the serving dish :))

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love the combo of methi and aloo...love the spice powder used by you....Bowl looks very different.....

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

A wholesome healthy and a nutritious dish here... Oh with methi it should have been more aromatic too...

Laavanya said...

Oh boy that looks and sounds too good.. bookmarked to try.

Nithya Praveen said...

Hey Suparna...this is really neat.I somehow have problems commenting on your blog,not sure why.The comment box dint seem to open up few times.Hope am able to post this one atleast.Adding Amchur is sumtng that i have never done....good one:)

rekhas kitchen said...

like this recipe very healthy and yummy dish perfect combination for roti.

Suparna said...

Thanks for ur time and appreciation friends :-) keep coming.
Enjoy
TC

Hari Chandana said...

Hi..I am a new blogger..
It's too good.. very delicious recipe...thanks for the sharing

Vrinda said...

Methi n channa looks like a good combo..both r my fav ingredients,will giv it a try..

Purva Desai said...

delicious combo.....will try this soon

Soma said...

A very healthy dish ! everyone at my home loves methi, but we don't get it that often. I think i will grow some this time.
Soma(www.ecurry.com)

Uma said...

looks so delicious Suparna! Nice recipe :)

shanthi said...

Easy and lovely methi chana