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Monday, April 13, 2009

Methi Chole


Methi Chole = a protein packed, mouth watering side dish. Give it a try, if you haven't already. When I came across this recipe thru other blogs, I had to try it because of my methi - love. I am glad that I did. It seems to be a Rajasthani dish. Though I am not sure, I am assuming a Marwari connection because of the absence of onion & garlic and usage of ghee in the recipe. Of course, I have tweaked the recipe to suit my taste buds.  

1 cup Kabuli chana / garbanzo beans 
1 bunch of methi leaves / fenugreek greens - leaves plucked and chopped roughly 
One each: tomato & onion - chopped 
2 tbsp. besan / chick pea powder  
1 tsp chili powder 
1 & 1/2 tsp salt 
1 tsp chana masala powder 
1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
For tadka /popu: 
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
 a little asafoetida (hing)  

The 'how' part:  
* Soak the chana overnight and cook it with enough water in a pressure cooker.  
* Heat oil in a wok/saute pan and add cumin seeds. When they start to sizzle and turn brown, add asafoetda and turmeric powder. Then add onion and fry till it turns translucent. 
* Next add tomato and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add methi leaves. Keep frying till the tomato turns mushy.  
* Unlike other chole recipes, the besan (not the ground chole) takes care of the gravy part in this version. Add 3-4 Tbsp of water to the besan and make a paste. Pass this through a sieve and add it to the veggies. 
* Then add the cooked chana, chili powder, salt, chana masala powder and a cup of water. Let it simmer for about ten minutes and turn off the stove.  
* Serve warm with rotis. Post a Comment


Madhu said...

Methi chole looks very delicious Suma.Love anyting cooked with chickpeas.Thali looks very tempting.

Rajitha said...

adding besan to make a gravy sure is different...will try it...i have kala chana all cooked at home....

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow droolworthy......

Prathibha said...

Methi chole looks yummy..

Vani said...

I tried this recipe a long time ago. It tasted awesome! Your pics look fab!

Red Chillies said...

The methi chole in the picture is drool worthy, especially the second one. I have been meaning to try this for a long time, especially since I love methi and chana.

Kalyani said...

Methi chole looks great ... very nice blog with beautiful pictures ....

Pavithra said...

First time to ur blog, WOw nice clicks everything looks perfect...chole is looking great..

Ramya Kiran said...

Man oh man, they look scrumptious.. loved your click! They look awesome.

Happy cook said...

Pass me that plate please.

rekhas kitchen said...

Hi first time to your blog you have anice place with great recipes this Methi Chole looks so delicious and that plate is so inviting

Suparna said...

Methi chole looks delectable. The masala and methi combi with chana is good shall try it with kala chana. Nice snap.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Just saw your snap of aloo posta here http://gitanjalibanerjee.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/aloo-postoa-bengali-dish-simple-to-cook-and-an-all-time-hit/
Have you given her permission?
Left a comment too ... hope she will remove it.


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chakhlere said...

The dish looks really yummy!!
Both methi and chole are my favorites so its must make for me!!

Amazing blog and amazing snapss!!