Canned Channa -1
Onion big -1
Green chilies -3
Garlic clove -3
Coriander powder -1 tablespoon
Cumin powder -1 tablespoon
Red chilly powder -1/4 tablespoon
Channa masala – 1 1/2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
I have taken canned Channa (chick pea’s) in order to cook this item. If you have more time to prepare this then, you could buy dry chick pea’s and soak them in boiling hot water over night , and then next morning you need to pressure cook the chick pea’s with some baking soda, until its soft. When you press the chick pea with two finger’s it should mush down. If you don’t want to go through all the trouble like me, then canned chick pea is the way to go.
Since its canned, you need to rinse the chick pea’s well so all the extra starch and salt can be washed out. Set the chick pea’s aside.
Cut the large onion, ginger, garlic and green chilies. Take a pan, pour some olive oil liberally. Once the oil is hot, take caution and drop cut onion, garlic ginger and green chilies into the pan and start to sauté them until the onion turns golden color.
Cut tomatoes into small pieces, so it would cook them down well, which would become the basis to gravy.
once you have added tomatoes into the pan, you could sprinkle some salt and reduce the flame to medium and cover the pan with the lid, this help with retaining moisture while cooking so you do not need to add water to the mixture. Please be close to the pan and not leave it unattended. When tomatoes starts to cook down, you will see the moisture evaporating .
After the moisture starts evaporating, you could add a spoon of cumin powder, coriander powder and red chilly powder and some water, so it would help cook the masala you have just added.
Masala once cooked will look like the picture shown below. Add water to dilute the mixture and add the Channa( chick peas) which you have set aside into this dish and stir well.
Once you see a gravy form add the Chana Dal Masala powder 1 1/2 tablespoons into the gravy, along with salt to taste, put a lid on the pan and allow the gravy to boil, so everything gets to cook well.
Add chopped fresh cilantro liberally in the gravy. Enjoy with Naan, Paratta, Chapatti, Rice, Poori and Bread.