Sunday, August 08, 2010

PANEER CHICKEPEAS CURRY

This is one of the delicious side dishes for chapathi. Other than white chickpeas, brown small chickpeas are more suitable for this gravy. Chickpeas must be soaked overnight in lots of water. In the morning the water must be drained, washed again twice in lots of water and pressure cooked with enough water before cooking.


பனீர் கொத்துக்கடலை மசாலா

Ingredients:

Paneer- 250 gm
Small brown chickpeas- 1 cup
Cumin seeds- half sp
Curry leaves- 1 arc
Chopped coriander-half cup
Turmeric powder- half sp
Sliced onion-2
Chopped tomato- 2 cups
Salt to taste
Oil- 4 tbsp

Grind the following ingredients in to a fine paste:

Small garlic flakes-5
Shredded coconut- 1 cup
Fennel seeds- 1 tsp
Shredded ginger- half sp
Chilli powder- 1 tsp

Procedure:

Soak the paneer pieces in warm water for 20 minutes and then drain the water.
Soak the chickpeas overnight, discard the water in the morning, pour fresh water and pressure cook them.
Heat a kadai and pour the oil.
Add the cumin seeds and when they start to splutter add the onions with the turmeric powder and the tomatoes.
Cook well until they are mashed and the oil floats on surface.
Add the greens and cook for a few seconds.
Add the chickpeas with enough salt and 2 cups of water.
When the chickpeas are absorbed in the gravy pour the ground paste with the paneer pieces.
Let the gravy boil for some minutes until it is thickened to desired consistency.
Hot paneer chickpeas curry is ready for chappathies as well as parottas.