Saturday, 29 May 2010

Garbonzo beans and potato curry (Alu chole)

Garbanzos peas  are often referred to as Chick peas, chole or chana and are a good source of proteins. They come in two or three varieties. The most popular are the fairly large white chick peas often called Kabuli Chana, the small dark brown variety or a strange almost greeny colour.

Ingredients (serves 4):

2 cups of boiled chick peas
2 small potatoes, washed and chopped quite small.
1 cup  tinned tomatoes
2 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon dry cumin
2 small pieces of cinammon
3 small cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon chilly powder
1 reaspoon crushed garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
A small bunch of coriander


1. Lightly warm the cumin in a wok or saucepan until you get the lovely cumin fragrance. Add the oil to this, add the cloves and cinnamon and allow the cumin to cook until it looks dark.

2. Add the potatoes and stir until they are  coated with the oil. Now add the spices such as salt, chili powder, turmeric, garlic and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes or until potatoes start to soften.

3. Now add the boiled chick peas to the mixture and cook for a further 5 minutes on a medium heat.

4. Blend the tinned tomatoes, lemon juice and brown sugar and add to the curry and cook for 5 minutes.

 5. Transfer the chick peas and potato curry to a serving dish and garnish it with come coriander. Serve this with naan bread and fresh salad.

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  1. I'm drooling over here..what a dish and pics looks great..did you made yesterday on friday..I don't make this kala channu shaak very often, family doesn't like much, maybe I'm not making nice...will use your recipe...never added garlic and they love garlic, so that trick I'll

  2. wow curry looks soooooo delicious ...really drool worthy dish ....i love have it with rotis ....yummy yum


  3. curry looks to have this with hot rice..yummie!


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