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Monday, July 25, 2011

Chole Panjim

Chole Panjim adapted from: Gourmet Indian in Minutes

Is anyone familiar with Chole Panjim? I wasn't until I saw the recipe in the above mentioned cookbook. Punjabi style chole is so popular in Indian subcontinent that it needs no introduction. Similar with pindi chana but chole panjim is somewhat unknown I should say. This Goan chole recipe is no way related to the standard chole served at North Indian homes / Indian restaurants worldwide. This colorful dish uses some of the common ingredients of the local cuisine such as the coconut and chillies, replacing the spices of a Punjabi chole preparation. I should say I fell in love with this dish more than the standard chole because of the familiar ingredients and flavors. J A 'must try' for chole / chana lovers.
And for people who are not familiar with Indian geography, Panaji / Panjim is the capital of the Indian state Goa.

Ingredients: (3 - 4 servings)
3 Tbsp oil
1 tsp ginger - garlic paste (I omitted garlic.)
1/4 cup grated, dried coconut (unsweetened)
6 dried, very red chillies (I used Byadagi variety.)
1 tsp garam masala (I sprinkled a little at the end and did not use the whole quantity.)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 big onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped (optional and was not part of the recipe.)
2 cups canned / cooked chickpeas
Salt to taste
Minced cilantro to garnish

* Heat a Tbsp of oil in a pan and add ginger (and garlic if using). Sauté for a few seconds and then add the red chillies and coconut. Fry on low flame until the coconut browns. Turn off the stove and let cool. Grind this fried mixture and garam masala (if using now) to a fine paste adding required water.
* Heat 2 Tbsp oil in another pan and add cumin seeds. When they start to brown, add the chopped onion and fry until translucent. Then add the tomato and cook until mushy.
* Next add the ground paste, cooked chickpeas and salt to the onion - tomato mixture. Add water if needed and bring it to a rolling boil. * Garnish with cilantro and serve with some warm rotis.

Chole Panjim is my "Cooking from Cookbooks" themed, Day 3 post of BM #7. Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking.



harini-jaya said...

This is the same method/ingredients my mom uses even today :) Though I add chole masala etc! I didn't know the name neither did/does my mom !

aipi said...

I made a lot of chola different ways but never used coconut in it. I am cooking this way in my head as I read through your post n it is starting to sound fabulous :)
The color you got is really nice!
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Usha said...

That is one delicious bowl of chole!

Pavani said...

Chole Panjim, never heard that name, but it definitely looks delicious.
I'm seeing so many new Indian cookbooks being used in the marathon, will have to see if my local library carries them. Keep these yummy recipes coming :-)

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Chole looks really very good!!!!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

looks really good.. nice variation..

Prathima Rao said...

Never heard of this & it looks fantastic!!! Now must go & hunt for this book!!!!
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Channa gravy cant be better than this..looks flavourful n yummy

Vardhini said...

Chole looks great .. now I just need some pooris to go with it :)

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sabina said...

Great combo chole and roti's...comforting...

Prathibha said...

Nice recipe...looks yumm

PJ said...

Never heard of this before. It is definitely different from our regular chole masala. Looks equally yum.

suma said...

Interesting variation Suma, have heard of only Punjabi Chole so far! Will surely try this sometime, my kids love chickpeas anything..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

This chole preparation with coconut in it sounds really different. Looks delicious

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Latha said...

Lovely Chole...coconut gives out nice flavor to this dish.

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wonderful chole !!loved the idea of adding coconut to it !!

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Nitha said...

Thats a delicious and yummy bowl of healthy food..

Archana Vivek said...

Healthy and nice.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks so delicious.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Love this new recipe, the picture is so tempting :)

Shanavi said...

Am gonna make this today Suma..Bookmarking it..Looks great n lovely

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Truly tempting side dish for roti! Yum!

Mom Chef said...

looks very yummy n different .. coconut is a standard Goan ingredient, but honestly never thought would use it in a chole ! bookmarked !

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Rujuta said...

Never heard of this Goan dish..looks yummy...
Do check my post on chole masala..hope u like it..
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