Union Riveter Krissi is switching from studio-mode to kitchen-mode today for a recipe! Hope you don't mind!
I miss living in San Francisco with every kind of food available at some awesome, cheap restaurant about a block away. Living in the Mission district, I had Indian, Thai, Mexican (oh, SO much Mexican!), Vietnamese and vegan restaurants nearby. Now we have chain restaurants we have to drive to. Of course, when you live in a friendly little cul-de-sac in the corner of a suburban neighborhood, great things DO happen. Like my neighbor Bindavi asking to borrow a cup of sugar (yes, we do that here) and returning my Pyrex measuring cup full of homemade chickpea curry! After an embarrassing amount of begging and pleading of my husband, I finally wandered over the other night to ask for the recipe and learned she was making it the next afternoon (which is a good thing, since her husband Vijay plied Ron and I with 18 year old scotch after we walked in the door).
So after a good night's sleep and a cup of coffee, here you go:
|Chole with a garnish and a side of naan|
"Chole" ("Chana Masala")
3 Cups canned for those of us short on time and patience OR 1½ Cups, dry, for the hard-core cooks among us
- 3-6 cloves garlic
- ginger root (fresh) approximately equal to amount of garlic
- 1 green Thai chili optional
- 1 tsp cumin seeds, whole
- ½ tsp fennel seeds, whole
- asafoetida powder optional
- chana masala spice powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp tumeric optional
- up to ½ tsp chili powder (omit if using Thai chili)
- 1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
- 1 med onion, diced
- 3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped roughly
If using dried chickpeas, soak them overnight in plenty of water, then cook on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker with a pinch of salt until cooked all the way through, but not mushy.* You’ll get about 3 cups cooked. Drain and reserve a cup of the liquid.
* Bindavi's cooking instructions are for "three whistles" on her Mom's whistling pressure cooker, which are often seen in Indian kitchens and at estate sales, but thanks to the magic of the interwebs, U.S. customers can easily acquire them too.
|Image by Sara Ataie|
|Our pot of chole, bubbling away! Mmmmmm!|
Serve over rice or with naan. You can also garnish with anything you like including cilantro, yogurt, fresh tomatoes, chives or whatever strikes your fancy. Bindavi seems to prefer naan from one of our local restaurants and yogurt (and I'm inclined to agree with her!).
p.s. I really want one of these spice boxes now.