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'Exquisite' means of such beauty or delicacy as to arouse intense delight .A food that's creative, thoughtfully prepared, beautifully presented and easy to eat makes it absolutely delicious.On this corner,I have tried to recollect the spicy memories and food that I have enjoyed, a delicacy that still persist on the corner of my heart.Hope you too will enjoy it. Bon Appetit !

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Kadala / Chana Curry


 Ingredients
 
  1. Kadala  - 1 cup
  2. Shallots/pearl onion - 20 No:s
  3. Ginger - 1 inch size
  4. Garlic - 3 pods
  5. Green chilly - 2 No.s
  6. Chilly powder - 1/2 tspn
  7. Coriander powder - 1 tspn
  8. Pepper powder - 1/4 tspn
  9. Coconut - 1 cup (grated )
  10. Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
  11. Whole red chilly - 1 No.
  12. Mustard seeds 
  13. Curry leaves
  14. Coconut oil - 1 tbspn

How to make

Soke the chana for about 3 hrs. Pressure cook it for 6-7 whistles. Grind grated coconut , chilly powder and corriander powder and keep aside. Take a bottom heavy pan. Add coconut oil,whole red chilly,splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves. Add sliced shallots and green chilly and saute will till the shallots becomes transulent. Add smashed ginger,garlic and pepper powder and saute well for 3 minutes. Add the cooked chana to it and add 1 cup water. Add salt to taste and let it boil. Add the ground paste, cover with a lid  and cook in low flame for about 10 minutes. Serve hot with puttu, appam, chapathi or idiyappam

Variation
If you want you can fry the coconut with 2 shallots till the coconut becomes brown in color. Remove from flame and add chilly powder and coriander powder before the coconut gets cold. Grind the coconut in a mixer and add it after adding shallots,greenchillies and chana.Let it boil for 10-15 minutes.Add coconut milk and cook in low flame for few more minutes.Serve hot.
 

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