When Priti announced this event, I like a child went to him and said ' Hari, His cooking event is going on and I want you to contribute some ( not one ;) atleast to keep my blog alive . He was so happy as if he was waiting for this for so long . Yeah I should have got a hint when he was looking at me with one evil smile when mailing my friends asking them to contribute some recipes . I could see the happiness on his face when I asked him , but immediately his ego man popped up and acted ' what will I get if I cook for your blog ' . I said I can show everybody how great a cook you are . ( Frankly, I never wanted others to know that he is a better cook than me :D) .
I have almost forgotten about this event , immediately after exams are over, he said tomorrow I want to cook. I have never let him cook in the last 1 year and am sure I have deprived him of his pleasure of cooking and domintaing me. I said yes because he promised to get me food processor.
Well, morning he got up a way before me and was in the kitchen cooking something.I lazily got out of the bed to see what he was doing. He had almost finished everything and I absolutely dint do anything.
I blew out of the air when he said softly ' GET YOUR CAMERA , LETS SEND THIS TO HIS COOKING EVENT ' . I stupidly felt so romantic ( seriously dunno why I felt ) .
He was still making pooris when I was taking these pictures instructing me from the kitchen how to take pictures. I for the first time in my felt happy when he was cooking .
This is one of his specialities and am with full jealous sending this to Priti Singh's HIS COOKING EVENT
- Channa - 1 Cup
- Jeera - 1 tsp.
- Coriander seeds - 1 tsp.
- Onion - 2 mid sized onions.
- Tomato - 1 no.
- Cinnamon - 3 1/2 " sticks
- Garlic - 4 pods
- Ginger - 1/2 inch
- Tamarind - 1 small marble size
- Everest Chole masala - 3 tsp.
- Coriander Powder - 1 tsp.
- Jeera Powder - 1 tsp.
- Garam masala - 1 tsp.
- Salt to taste.
- Boil channa softly say for about 25 mins in medium flame.
- Grind 2 mid sized large onions along with Garlic and ginger and keep it aside.
- Grind a handful of Boiled Channa into a thick liquid.
- Heat oil in a kadai.
- Add Cinamon after the oil is heated nicely.
- Immediately add the ground onion + garlic + ginger. Fry till it becomes golden brown.
- Add the cut tomato into the kadai.
- Add salt, coriander powder (1 spoon), Jeera powder (1 spoon), Chole masala (3 spoon) and garam masala (1 spoon) one after the other. When adding each of the spices, stir the tomato nicely so that the spices are well absorbed. Give around 30 seconds after adding one spice, before the next spice is added.
- By the time all spices are added, the tomato will have mixed well with the onion (and no pieces will be seen).
- Add the tamarind extract. This is added to give a tangy taste.
- Wait for tamarind extract to come to a boil.
- Now add the thick liquidy ground channa.
- The ground onion, tomato and ground channa gives the base for the curry.
- Wait for it to come to a boil.
- Add the rest of the boiled channa pieces along with water. You could use the water used for boiling the channa.
- Boil the mix nicely while stirring ocassionaly so that the base for the curry does not settle at the bottom.
- Once the mixture start simmering, check for correctness of salt and channa masala.
- Boil the mixture until you get the correct thickness of the gravy (i like semi-thick. you may want to control the amount of water you add).
Thanks Hari for typing elaborately whatever you had done and not putting me to type.None of my posts is as elaborate as this I guess. I know he is a true passionate cook !!!