North Indian meals are a must in my home on daily basis…they are filling, healthy and something that my hubby & I have both grown up eating😊 It’s our comfort food!
Kala Chana or Bengal Gram/ Black Gram is full of vitamins, minerals & dietary fiber. It’s also has a very low fat content…..besides being an excellent source of iron & protein for vegetarians.
I remember having this ever since I was a child…and quite liked it too! Typical North Indian flavours…served with some rice or crispy, flaky parathe👌🏼 One can make it spicy or keep it on the mild side.
Besides, it’s easy to prepare….lets get started with my Mom’s recipe…
Yield: serves 2-3
Equipment: pressure cooker, measuring cups/ spoons.
2 cups kala Chana (soaked overnight in 5 cups of water)
1 nos. large onion chopped
2 nos. chopped tomato
1 nos. cubed potato
2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2-3 nos. slit green chilli
1/2 tsp jeera Dana (cumin seeds)
1 pinch hing (asafoetida)
1 tbsp each of coriander pwd & cumin pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1 tsp red chilly pwd
1 tsp Garam masala pwd
salt to taste
2-3 tbsp oil (I use mustard oil)
chopped coriander as needed
water as needed
lemon juice as per taste
Heat oil in the pressure cooker, then add jeera and hing. Let this splatter. Then add the onions, green chillies & ginger-garlic paste. Stir and let these cook until the onions are golden. Then add the tomatoes & all the dry masalas mentioned above including garam masala. Season with salt. Cook on medium heat until the tomatoes are soft and the oil begins to seperate. Add the potatoes & the drained kala Chana (Keep the water in which the Chana was soaking aside for later use).
Keep stirring and sautéing the spices with the Chana and potatoes for about 5-7 mins. Then add chopped coriander leaves & the water kept aside. Add more water if needed in case you want a thinner gravy. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid and place the weight on top. Let it cook on medium flame for about 7-8 whistles (or more depending on the pressure cooker you are using). Once done, turn off the flame and let the pressure release on it own. Open the cooker & add lemon juice and mix well. That’s it..serve hot!
This is really quick and super yum!