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Masala Channa


Masala Channa

Masala Channa



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Gunjan Goela cooks some mouth watering masala channas topped with tadka aloo.


  • For masala channa:

    1 litre jug of water

    400 gms channa

    3 tsp tea leaves

    4 bay leaves

    5 black cardamoms

    1 1/2 tsp salt

     2 tsp cumin powder

    1 1/2 tsp kachari powder

    2 tsp fennel powder 

    5 tsp anardana powder

    2 tsp amchoor powder

    3 tsp dhaniya powder(coriander powder)

    1 1/2 tsp red chili powder

    1 tsp garam masala

    1/4 tsp hing(asafoetida)

    5 Tbsp ginger, julienne

    3 tsp finely chopped green chilies

    2 tsp kasoori methi 

    5 tsp lemon juice

    1 tsp meetha soda

    12 garlic cloves

    4 whole green chilies, for garnishing

    For masala aloo:

    2 Tbsp oil

    2 tsp chilly powder

    1/2 tsp turmeric powder

    4 potatoes quartered

    50 gms ginger julienne

    3 tomatoes quartered

    5 green chilies slit into halves

    Pinch of salt


For masala channa:

Soak 400 grams of channa in a vessel and mix 1 tsp of meetha soda, and leave for 4-5 hours.

Make a 'potli' of tea leaves, add 3 bay leaves, 5 large black cardamoms and put it to boil with little salt (1 tsp) along with the soaked channas for an hour. Then discard the potli and keep it aside. Preserve the water.

Now blend the masala, by mixing all the dry items; cumin powder, kachari powder, fennel powder, anardana powder, amchoor powder, dhaniya powder, kasoori methi, red chilly powder, garam masala, salt and a pinch of hing and take it out in a bowl. Mix warm water with the masala and make sure no lumps form. Mix the masala with the channa.

Heat oil in a pan and stir the ginger and garlic for a while but don't make it brown.

Add this to the channa and cover it for a while so that the masala blends well.

Leave it for 10-15 minutes.

For masala aloo:

In a pan heat oil and add turmeric powder, chili powder and ginger julienne.

Then toss the tomatoes, potatoes, green chilies and pour over the channas.

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Key Ingredients: chickpeas, cumin seeds, raw mango powder, red chilli, garam masala, dried fenugreek leaves, vegetable oil, turmeric, bay leaf, black cardamom, salt, fennel, coriander powder, kashmiri mirch, asafoetida, ginger, green chillies, lemon juice, baking soda, c