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Kala Chana Aur Aloo (Black Chickpeas With Potatoes)

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  Black chickpeas 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Kala Chana)
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Onion 1 Medium, peeled, chopped
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), peeled, chopped
  Ginger piece 1 Inch, peeled, chopped
  Vegetable oil 3 Tablespoon
  Ground asafoetida/Tiny lump asafetida 1 1⁄4 Pinch
  Whole cumin seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Potatoes 4 Medium, peeled, quartered
  Ground coriander 1 Teaspoon
  Ground turmeric 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Garam masala 1 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Tamarind paste/2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 Tablespoon

Sort and clean the chickpeas and wash them under cold water.
Soak for 24 hours in a bowl containing 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, the baking soda, and a quart of water.
Place chopped onion, garlic, and ginger in the container of an electric blender with 3 tablespoons of water.
Blend at high speed until you have a smooth paste.
In a 4-quart heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over a medium-high flame.
When very hot, put in the asafetida and the cumin seeds.
After a few seconds, when the asafetida expands and the cumin darkens, put in the paste from the blender, keeping face averted.
Fry, stirring, for about 5 minutes.
Now drain the chickpeas and add them to the pot.
Also put in the potatoes, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, 1 teaspoon salt, the cayenne pepper, and 2 cups of water.
Bring to a boil.
Cover, and allow to simmer gently for 1 hour.
Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of tamarind paste or lemon juice (you could use more or less) to chickpeas according to tartness desired.
Check salt.
Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
To serve: This dish tastes very good with hot pooris or parathas.
Some kind of relish—perhaps Cucumber and Tomato with Lemon Juice—should be served with it.
For a more complete meal add meat and a green vegetable dish.

Recipe Summary

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Main Dish
Everyday, Healthy

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 1848 Calories from Fat 530

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 61 g93.9%

Saturated Fat 7.6 g37.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 3845 mg160.2%

Total Carbohydrates 288 g95.9%

Dietary Fiber 57.1 g228.4%

Sugars 36.1 g

Protein 59 g118.6%

Vitamin A 26.2% Vitamin C 279.7%

Calcium 48.3% Iron 116.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Kala Chana Aur Aloo (Black Chickpeas With Potatoes) Recipe