Chhole Alu

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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250 gram kabuli channa
20 grams powdered jaggery
1 piece lemon-sized ball of tamarind
6 medium green chiles -- slit
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon roasted and ground cumin seeds
1 tablespoon ground shajeera
1 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamoms
2 medium potatoes -- boiled and cubed
2 large onions -- cut into thin rings
1 bunch coriander leaves
3 whole mint leaves -- finely sliced
2 medium minced green chiles
1 medium lime -- cut into wedges

Preparation / Directions:

Soak channas in water overnight. Next morning, boil them with a pinch of soda and salt until tender and dry. Heat 4 tablespoons of ghee and put in ginger and onions and fry until the mixture turns limp and almond colored. Add tomatoes and spices and cook until the ghee starts separating. Mash with a wooden spoon to a smooth paste then put in 1 cup water and jaggery and channas. Mix well and bring to a boil, reduce heat and put in chiles and potatoes and cook until the chiles are done. In the meantime soak tamarind in 4 tablespoons water until soft, squeeze out the pulp and put into the channas. Mix well and then cook until the gravy turns quite thick. Remove from fire and serve hot garnished with onion rings, minced chiles, coriander, mint and lime wedges.

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