Friday, November 25, 2011

Chole Masala/Spicy Chickpea

There is no right and wrong, neither nor, either or, hard and soft rules about cooking. Cooking is you, whether you cook by pouring aplenty love or cooking by far for you is about putting a decent meal on the table for your family (Carrot Poriyal, Kailan Oyster Sauce, Plantain Crumble, Plantain Chips, Four Angled Beans Tempe & Chilli Aloo). No two ways or hundred of ways about it. Its also actually your way to the dishes you cook. Lets get one thing clear. Unlike our mothers who had all the time on earth for cooking, we, the career women are forever hard pressed for time, Of course, thumbs up to our mums for their cooking, we on the other hand still cook, yet we want to keep it simple. Cooking after all is not about impressing our family members, neither the visual world, its really about, as I have already said, a decent home cooked meal (Curried Tamarind, Aloo Gobi, Red Cabbage Thoran, Beans Thoran & Tofu Green Beans). This Chloe Masala/Spicy Chickpea I reckon won't take much of your time ( Crumble) because its made with canned chickpeas, I decided to add some long beans as well and there is no such a thing as grinding the spices. Chole Masala/Spicy Chickpea, spices and all things nice, a vegetarian version, is a lovely accompanied for your rice meal. 

120g (a handful) long beans/kacang panjang - cut into 1 inch length
1 can (about 300g) chickpeas -drain out the water. 
1/2 inch ginger - chopped
3 garlic - chopped
3 shallots - sliced thinly
1 red chilli - sliced thinly
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp garam masala (optional or add all spice powder)
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

When oil is heated, sauté shallots, ginger, garlic and red chilli. 
Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garam masala, coriander and turmeric powder.
Stir and add in long beans. 
Sitr again and pour about 3-4 tbsp water. 
Cover and cook to soften beans. 
Remove cover, add chickpeas, lemon juice and salt to taste.
Stir again and dish out.

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  1. Green Beans sounds like a good addition to the chickpeas,with all that spices.

  2. It looks very yummy. Thanks for sharing..

  3. Mmmmmm...such and beautiful, healthy dish! I bet the flavor is amazing, too. Have a great weekend!!!

  4. Great!! next time i'm gonna try your recipe :)

    have a nice day ahead :)

  5. sounds delicious n absolutely healthy..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  6. Wow! Nava, that looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing such a colorful, yummy dish!

  7. Hi Nava, I love chickpea especially spicy type. Yours look so appetizing and tempting. Have a great weekend.

  8. Wow, this looks delicious! I've never combined these two veggies, but I love each by themselves, so I think this would be just up my alley.

  9. This looks so good--I am for anything with chickpeas in it!

  10. I love that you mixed long beans with chickpeas! I bet it was definitely a protein-packed side!

  11. Such a healthy dish and easy too :)


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