Simple Chickpeas Gravy

I prefer to make my dinner light, so I try to reduce oil as much as possible while cooking as it helps to reduce the load on liver. I also prefer to make foods that are rich in protein using beans or lentils for dinner. Hence I find my chickpeas gravy (chana masala) ideal as it is prepared with boiled chickpeas, that are easily digestible and also rich in protein, using little or no oil.

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Chickpeas gravy perfect for dinner

We can reduce the oil to a great extent by cooking curries in a pressure cooker. Chickpeas gravy can be served to people of all ages and it goes well with roti especially methi roti, chapathi, idli and also with pulav. Now the simple & easy recipe for chana masala that can be relished often with no guilt:

Simple Chickpeas Gravy Recipe:

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

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Chickpeas
  1. Chickpeas (kondakadalai)- 1 cup (200 g)
  2. Onions (vengayam) – 5 Nos.
  3. Tomatoes (thakkali)- 3 Nos.
  4. Ginger (inji) – 1 inch
  5. Garlic (poondu) – 5 pods
  6. Cardamom (Yelam) – 1 No.
  7. Cloves (krambu)  Р5 Nos.
  8. Cinnamon (pattai) – 1/2 inch piece
  9. Chilli powder (milagai thool) -1 tbsp
  10. Turmeric powder (manjal podi) -1/4 tsp
  11. Oil (Yennai) – 1 tsp (optional)
  12. Salt (uppu) – 1 tsp

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Cooking Method:

  • Wash & soak chickpeas overnight and rinse with fresh water.
  • Pressure cook chickpeas after adding water (in the ratio of 1:2) & turmeric powder (simmer for 10 min after bringing to high pressure).
  • Grind onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, cloves, cardamom & cinnamon into a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • When the pressure is released add ground paste, chilli powder, oil & salt into the cooked chickpeas.
  • Pressure cook the above mixture again by simmering for 5 min. at high pressure.
  • When the pressure is released transfer Chickpeas Gravy to a serving dish and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with any roti, fried rice, or pulao.

Cooking Tip:

  • If you want to make this gravy rich & creamy, you may add full-fat milk (1 tbsp) or fresh cream (1 tsp) or cashew nuts paste at the end.

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