Friday, May 11, 2007

Asha's Lahori Chole

So named, because this recipe is courtesy Asha. She had used fennel powder in this Chole recipe and that caught my interest. I haven't yet seen any "Chole" dish that uses powdered fennel. True to her words, this dish was remarkable - so much so that K wanted third and fourth helpings :). Thanks Asha, for this wonderful recipe.
I did not have ginger and cardamom, but nevertheless, the taste was spectacular. The tangy Pomegranate powder complimented the fresh, minty taste of the fennel.

1 cup dry garbanzo beans, soaked overnight in warm water. Drain and keep aside
2 medium beefsteak tomatoes, chopped
1 potato, peeled and cubed
2 red onions, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp freshly ground fennel powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 1/2 tsp anar dana (pomegranate) powder
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
Chopped coriander leaves, to garnish

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the onions. Cook till the onions begin to turn brown. Add the garlic and cook for a minute. Add the chopped tomato + turmeric powder + red chilli powder + salt and cook till the tomato is cooked and oil separates.
Now add the garbanzo beans + cubed potato + 1 1/2 cup water. Cook till 3 whistles. Remove from heat and keep aside.
When the cooker has cooled, remove cover and with the back of a wooden spatula, mash a handful of the garbanzo beans. Add the anar dana powder + fennel powder + garam masala powder. Mix well and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Naan and Raita. Enjoy !!


bee said...

that looks wonderul. thanks for posting this. i've bookmarked it.

trupti said...

That does look very tempting....I was going to try this one the next time I made chhole too.

musical said...

You are so right, powdered saunf has a distinct mellow flavor. it graces a lot of Kashmiri recipes and few occassional Punju dishes too. Lovely chhole! its after lunch that i see this picture and i am feeling hungry :).

DEEPA said...

great pics ....excellent ..thks to you and also to asha ji ...

Asha said...

Hey!!:))) Looks great.Thanks for trying.
You added the Pomegranate seeds pd too! YUM! Great, I am going to buy it today as I have never used it before.Make sure you use ginger and Elaichi next time,makes it even more tasty.Have fun Sangeeta:))

Reena said...

i have my eyes on many of asha's dishes:):). have a long list to try. this one looks good and i am sure powdered fennel will give it a distinct flavor.