flavourful recipe from North India
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
475 ml water
1 tea bag
1 bay leaf
2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained
30 ml vegetable oil, divided
1 onion, sliced
3 tomatoes, chopped
10 g fresh cilantro leaves
2 g ground coriander
2 g cumin seeds
2 g grated fresh ginger root
3 g grated garlic
2 g ground turmeric (optional)
1 onion, finely chopped
ground cayenne pepper to taste
1 g garam masala (optional)
Place the 2 cups water, tea
bag, and bay leaf into a pot, and bring water to a boil. Reserving
about 1/2 cup garbanzo beans, stir the beans into the boiling water.
When beans are heated through, discard the tea bag and bay leaf.
Remove from heat.
Drain the beans, reserving water, and set aside.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet
over medium heat, and saute the sliced onion until tender. Remove
from heat, cool, and mix in the reserved garbanzo beans, 1 tomato,
and 1/2 the cilantro leaves. Set aside.
Heat the remaining oil in a
skillet over medium heat. Blend in the coriander, cumin seeds, ginger,
Cook and stir for 15 to 20 seconds, until lightly
browned. Mix in the turmeric. Stir the chopped onion into the skillet,
and cook until tender. Mix in the remaining tomatoes. Season with
salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. Bring the tomato liquid
to a boil, and cook about 5 minutes. Stir in the boiled garbanzo
beans, sliced onion mixture, and enough of the reserved water to
attain a thick, gravy-like consistency.
Continue to cook and stir 5 minutes.
you are using dried garbanzo beans, soak them overnight (about 8
hours) and cook them in boiling water (enough to cover the beans)
along with the bay leaf and tea bag until the beans are soft enough
to mash with two fingers but still hold their shape. Remove the
tea bag and bay leaf once the beans are cooked.
Garnish with the remaining cilantro
This dish is usually eaten with
fried bread like bhatura or puri. Serve it over rice for a very
filling meal. You can also try it as a quick snack over toasted
This recipe is quicker to make if you use precooked canned beans