Monday, May 3, 2010

Chole Bhature !! (Chickpeas in a Gravy with Puffed Indian Bread)

Preparation Time :- 5-10 mins  
Cooking Time :- 25-30 mins 

Serves 2-3 People 

Ingredients :-
1 1/2 cups of dried Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans
6 cups of water
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of boiling water
4 tsp of vegetable oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 cup  thinly sliced onion
2 garlic cloves (0ptional)
1 tsp fresh chopped ginger
1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1 2/2 tsp Garam Masla / Everest Chole Masala
2  tbsp chopped cilantro

* Preparation:-
Clean the chickpeas and remove any extraneous materials. Wash chickpeas in 2-3 changes of water. Soak overnight(8-9 hours approx) in 4 cups of water.
* You can also use the canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans, since they are already cooked you can skip the pressure cooker step.
1. To cook in a pressure cooker, pour in the chickpeas, soaking water, salt, whole garam masala and pressure cook until the whistle goes off 5-6 times.
2. In a non-stick pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
3. Add cumin seeds, and saute.
4. Add the onion, garlic(if using) and ginger and cook until the onion is golden brown. Reduce heat, add tomato and cook until it is tender, 2-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
5. Add the boiled chickpeas and stir for another minute.
6. Add the garam masala/everest chole masala, coriander powder and stir thoroughly.
7. Add water and bring it to boil.
8. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
9. Transfer to a Serving Platter .
10. Garnish with Coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Bhatura

Recipe for Bhatura :-

4 Cups of Refined flour(Maida)
1 tsp salt
1 Cup of Yoghurt 
6 tbsp of warm water
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of ajwain
baking soda (optional)
Vegetable Oil for deep frying

1. Sift the refined flour, baking soda/powder and salt together.
2. Add yoghurt and warm water to make a dough.
3. Grease your palms with a tbsp of oil and continue to knead the dough till it becomes pliable.
4. Cover with a moist cloth and keep refrigerated for about 15-20 minutes.
5. Divide the dough into 12 lemon sized balls. Roll them into discs of 4" diameter.
6. Heat the oil in the wok (Kadhai) and fry each disc until it puffs up.
7. Turn and cook the other side too.
8. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain the excess oil on a absorbent kitchen towel. 
Serve hot with Chole

' Whose Fault Is It Anyway ? '

 This is sometime in the 90's when I had a heated argument with  a dear friend of mine. It happened over a silly thing that is what I feel now :) but it seemed so important then and now when I look back I feel some arguments aren't worth fighting over. If you want back a friend of yours, take a step back and say 'SORRY'...Yes I know even when you think and more importantly you know that 'It Wasn't Your fault' ! 
In any relationship that has gone wrong, or is steadily going wrong, the fault usually lies with both the parties. Life is not black and white, there are many shades of gray in between.
Too often we spend too much time and energy in blaming each other. Don't we all love to play the 'Blame Game?'.  

These Creatures - Be it Friends, Husband-Wife, The Saas-Bahus daily argue/fight needless little brush wars and skirmishes over the smallest of issues and lock horns over the most trivial of reasons. 
"Must These Battles Occur ? "
Shouldn't we stop saying, "I did not do it, It's not my fault !"

We get so caught up in these daily battles, we don't stop to think about the future -
The future of your friendship with a you think you would live alone ?I know you would make tons of other friends all through your life ...but life isn't the same when you don't have your best bud besides you to share your joys and wipe your tears ...who has been with you through thick and thin. Would you now want to go in the woods eat worms in the corner and say " I don't have any friends any more "...that is such a sad statement to make. 
The future of you and your you think you can imagine to live your life without her/him ?The one whom you love from the bottom of your heart it so difficult for you to forgive and forget ? Do your arguments/fights weigh much more than the love you share ? Does any other investment mean more to you than the investment of Love between the two of you ?
The future of your family as a you think your daily battles with your saas/bahu gives your husband a blissful feeling ? Do you think he would say that you have given him the best years of his life ?

Think Think Think Think and Think :)

So, the the next time you find yourself in the middle of an argument or a disagreement or a fight with your Loved One's, regardless of who is wrong, apologize and say-I ASorry I Upset You !"

These my friends are the Healing, Magical Words !