Couple of weeks back,i came across this very neat resource from Thriving family fun.I am planning on using this as we make international meal.Kids get to stamp the passport with the respective country stamp.Each stamp has a specific verse for the country.It is not meant for ‘cooking’ around the world per se but this is one of the visual,I would be using to bring the world to our dinner table with gospel message.
One of the most asked Indian dish by my friends is ‘chana masala’ or spiced chick peas curry.We called it ‘choley’ growing up and still do.Irony is,i was not too fond of ‘chole’ growing up.It was one of those special treat kind of dish.Not reserved for festive occasions but not the everyday dish either.
Fast forward couple of years,actually lots of years and i have started liking this dish.No that would be wrong to say.I have come to love this dish.So i make it time to time.Looking at the thick rich gravy,my daughter first reaction was,”it is spicy”.You would think,after tasting my cooking,she must have gotten use to it.Not the case,i should say.My son has no problem trying it and asking for more.I had to convince Ms A to try and gladly she approved it.My hubby..hmm..has yet to join the ‘approval’ group and thats ok 🙂
- I have tasted ‘chana masala’ served at Indian restaurant here.It is quite spicy hot for my palate.We didn’t make spicy back at my mom’s home and i don’t either at my home.You can adjust the spicy pepper to your taste or not add.
- I have seen ‘garam masala’ being used in this dish.My mom never used it.I think,the dish is good just by itself.It does not need the lift of ‘Garam masala’.It is just my personal preference.If you want to add,you can add touch of ‘garam masala’ on the top of your main spices.
- Back home,when my mom makes this dish,she uses dry garbanzo bean(chick peas),soak and boil to make it soft enough to cook with.I am thrilled that i have can version available here.I would recommend using the can garbanzo beans.
- You can eat chana masala just as it is with squeeze of lemon juice or chopped onions.You can also make it a meal with rice/tortilla/paratha/poori etc to make it a meal.