Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chana Madra - A Himachal Pradesh Special

Chana Madra

Himachal Pradesh is part of northern states of Indian. This state is well known for it natural beauty. 
Chana Madra is a mildly spiced dish from the state of Himachal pradesh. This dish is made of chickpeas cooked in yogurt gravy along with spices & served along with rice & roti or chapati. 

Chana Madra

Prep Time-8hrs | Cook Time-45mins | Serves-2people
Recipe by : Bethica Das
1/2Cup dry chickpeas or 1Cup cooked chickpeas
1Inch cinnamon 
1Tsp coriander powder {Dhaniya powder}
1Cup yogurt
1Tsp rice flour + 2Tbs water
1Tsp red chili powder
1&1/2Tsp garam masala
1/4Tsp turmeric
1Tsp jeera {Cumin}
1/4Tsp hing {Asafetida}
1Tsp ghee
2Tsp oil
Coriander leaves chopped for garnish
{ If using dried chick peas. Wash & soak them over night. They yield to 1cup of chickpeas because they grow their size. Pressure cook with 1Cup water for 2whistles}
- Heat pan with oil. To that add hing, turmeric, cloves, cardamon, cinnamon & jeera to pan. Now add coriander powder, chili powder & garam masala powder to pan. 
- Now add chana dal to pan & to that add yogurt to that. 
- Keep stirring it for 5-6mins so that the curd won't curdle up. 
- Add water to rice flour, ghee & salt to make a paste of it. 
- Mix it to pan & cook for 4mins. Adjust taste if needed. 
- Garnish with coriander leaves & serve as you like.
- You can use 1Tbs raw rice soaked in water for over night & grind it smooth paste in place of rice flour. 
- This recipe doesn't call for chili powder or garam masala. I had to add it to give a lift to the dish. 

Chana Madra
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  1. the channa madra seems to have captured everybody's heart. looks fab

  2. I can finish that bowl of chana madra just with some rotis, very delicious sabji.

  3. that is so comforting and delicious... madra day today!!!

  4. We can see many versions of Chana Madra...all of them look great..I had put up a totally different version last year, after learning from a chef..

  5. Even I made madra. Looks good

  6. That is such a yummy looking dish.

  7. Same pinch from me too. :) Love the presentation.

  8. I made channa madra. Your version looks inviting...

  9. Very well presented! I can eat this as is..No rice/roti required!

  10. Madra looks so very creamy!..very nicely done...

  11. Same pinch! This was delicious was it not? I love your picture a lot

  12. love how creamy your version came out

  13. Excellent presentation and love the creamy look of it!

  14. channa madra looks excellent and my fav too :) they are looking very inviting dear !!

  15. Looks so good and loved your bowl :)