Monday, March 16, 2015

Capsicum - Tomato Channa

Ready to Serve Capsicum - Tomato Channa
 Capsicum - Tomato Channa is a spicy gravy dish. It goes well with all our indian main food like, plain rice, chapatis, pooris, rotis. dosas and idli. It can be a one of the side dish too.
Kabooli Channa is used with tomatoes and capsicum. There is a little twist in the curry. The spice I used here is puliyogre gojju (gojju combined with tamarind pulp, jaggery (not much), and little roasted groundnut). This puliyogre mixture gives a different tangy taste. I have added Rasam powder and little bit of Garma Masala also.
Lets see some benefits of having Kabooli Channa in our diet.
Kabooli Channa belongs to the legume family or pulses. They are an excellent source of Manganese, fiber, Folate. They also provide essential nutrients like Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, and Protein. They are good for people who suffer from constipation and disorder bowel movement. Kabooli Channa contain good source of anti oxidants. They help to lower the cholesterol level. Kabooli Channa helps to reduces the hot flashes is women during menstruation.
Capsicum - Tomato Channa do not contain onions or garlic and can be prepared for special days, festival days and feast. You can prepare this dish for kitty parties.
Here is a recipe of Capsicum -Tomato Channa which is spicy and tangy and finger licking dish which will be liked by each and every one I am sure.

Things Needed :

Kabooli Channa : 1 Cup
Tomatoes : 5 to 6
Capsicum : 1
Ginger : 1 Table spoon
Jeera : 1/ 2 Tea spoon
Methi Seeds : 1/4 Tea spoon
Puliyogre Mix : 1 Tea spoon (or 1 small marble size)
Salt : Required
Rasam Powder : 1 Tea spoon
Garam Masala Powder :3/4 Tea spoon
Jaggery : 1 Table spoon (Optional)
Coriander Leaves : 2 Table spoons
Oil : 1 Table spoon
Turmeric Powder : a pinch 
Ghee or Butter : 1 Table spoon

Method :

1. Soak Kabooli Chenna for 6 to 8 hours. Pressure cook this for 15 to 20 minutes with sufficient water. Leave it for cooling.
2. Wash and dee seed tomatoes and cut into small pieces. Wash and remove the outer skin of ginger wash again and grate it.
3. Wash and remove the seeds from capsicum and cut into small. 
4.. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and jeera. Fry for  10 seconds.
5. Add capsicum and fry nicely till soft. Add tomatoes, Turmeric powder and fry for 2 minutes.
6.  Add methi seeds, rasam powder, garam masala powder and salt. . Mix it nicely and let it cook nicely for a minute.

7.Add boiled channa mix it well and let it cook for 2 minutes.
8. Now put off the gas and add ghee or butter. Add cut coriander leaves and shift the curry to a serving bowl.
9. Serve hot Capsicum Channa with  the choice of your main dish or one of the side dish.
10. You can grate carrots and put on this Channa and it as Channa Chat.
Note :

You can add boiled potatoes to this Channa. Adding garlic or onions is optional. Adding tamarind pulp instead of puliyogre mix is also optional. Adding little jaggery not only adds to the taste, it helps to digest the food easily. Boiling (cooking) channa is a must or else the legume may harden and you may not be able to get the perfect taste. ( It does not digest easily also). Adding ghee instead of butter is optional. I have used home made rasam powder. You can use Maiyya's or MTR Rasam powder as well.
Serves : 4 to 5 
Time : 20 minutes 
+ soaking and cooking time .( 6 to 8 hours for soaking and 30 minutes for cooking)
Preparing Puliyogre gojju:  Soak a ball size (lemon size) of tamarind in hot water for 2 to 3 minutes and squeeze out the pulp. Keep it on the fire and add jaggery  and required salt. Slowly it starts thickening. Add rasam powder and dry roasted sesame powder. once it thickens remove from the pan and you can store them in air tight jars. Add mustard splutter with curry leaves and ingh and add it to the gojju. ( while preparing).


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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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