"This is a very flavourful recipe from North India, usually eaten with fried bread like bhatura or puri. I like to serve it over rice for a very filling meal. You can also try it as a quick snack over toasted bread. This recipe is much quicker to make if you use precooked canned beans, but I like to think that the authentic flavour comes from doing it the hard way!" — SHAMMI EDWARDS
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2 (15.5 ounce) cans
garbanzo beans, drained
vegetable oil, divided
fresh cilantro leaves
grated fresh ginger root
onion, finely chopped
ground cayenne pepper to taste
The best Cholay/Chana Masala recipie... as long as a couple of adjustments are made.
1. One can of chickpeas per batch
2. Use a strong robust black tea (Find a local Indian store and ask the clerk what their best tea is. For me it was Red Label orange pekoe)
3. Use a good amount of tea (about 1/8 cup per batch)
4. Don't split the beans in half, just dump the whole can in your tea-water
5. Boil down the tea water to about half, and throw everything else into this pot. (it helps to start the tea-water/chickpea process in a medium-large saucepan)
One interesting variation is to add about 1/2c plain yogurt towards the end, this will add a little tangy, and give you more gravy to mix with your rice.
Bland. I even tried adding more spices at the end, and again when
reheating, and that helped a little but not enough. Perhaps it's that
most of the spices only get added to the onions; the tomatoes get them
indirectly and the chickpeas only get added to the spiced mixture near the
very end. It's probably that, combined with the tomatoes mellowing out
the dish too much.
<br> The "Chickpea Curry" recipe on this site is better (and easier).
Excellent recipe. It took me two tries to get it just right though. I adjusted some items the second time I made it as follows. First, I reduced the amount of Chickpeas to one can while keeping the other amounts the same. I personally like this ratio better, and it left lots of extra gravy for rice or naan. Next, I used a high quality, rich black tea to heat the chickpeas. Third, it definitely needs the salt added. Don't underestimate this. Last I added a fair amount of cayenne to make it nice and spicy (again my preference).
It's actually a fairly easy recipe that doesn't take nearly as much preparation time as suggested, especially if you use canned tomatoes.
In addition, while it is mild in flavor this is a recipe that is easy to alter to your own taste.
For a thicker, more curry-like and spicier sauce, just add some sour cream/nonfat plain yogurt, curry, and red pepper to taste. (Probably heavy cream could be used too.) Extra tumeric will give it that yellow color.
Highly recommended, especially if you like garbonzo/chickpeas.
Use it as a base or enjoy experimenting. Either way, it is delicious.
I tasted it while it was still in the pan (during that last five minutes of cooking) and I was pretty disappointed in the flavor. So then I added another round of spices, including cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp. garam masala, 1/8 tsp. curry powder, and 1/8 tsp. garlic salt. I let it cook for another ten minutes so that all the chickpeas were soft. I served it on top of brown rice and it is delicious. Instead of a tea bag I used some loose Indian-spiced rooibos. I would definitely make this again, I will just be sure to double the spices.
The way to make this taste it came from an Indian restuarant is to add a small can of tomato paste near the end of cooking. Much Improved!
Good start but a tad bland for may taste. Perhaps some curry paste or doubling the spice quantities. As others have mentioned, this is a rather involved recipe that requires numerous bowls, pans and pots. If you don't have a dishwasher or teenage kids, pass on this recipe.
DELICIOUS & nutritious dinner time favourite! Not too complicated, and excellent flavour. I served it this time with plain couscous and "Absolutely Perfect Palak Paneer" from this site. Even better the next day, served alone with whole wheat pita! BIG hit with both my husband & I, and will become a regular for us vegetarians. One comment -- it's pretty salty, so no need to add salt to taste.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cholay (Curried Chickpeas)
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 248
** Calories from Fat: 60
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