Soak and pressure-cook the channa till almost done.
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the mustard oil till it's smoking.
Into this, add the dry spices - brown cardamom, green cardamoms, cinnamon, bay leaves, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Fry the spices in the mustard oil lightly.
Add in the onions and saute until they brown.
Add the ginger, garlic and green chilli, stir to mix and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt to taste.
Add a little water to bring all the ingredients together.
Cook for 2-3 minutes to let this base amalgamate.
Add the cooked black channa to the base.
Add a cup of water and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
Once cooked, squeeze in the lime juice, drizzle with ghee and sprinkle a handful of coriander leaves to garnish.
Serve with poori or kachori.
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Key Ingredients: Whole bengal gram, mustard oil, onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies, black cardamom, green cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric, red chilli, coriander powder, salt, lemon juice, coriander leaves, clarified butter