My husband loves chick-peas. He has an unhealthy obsession about this protein rich peas. It could be because of the word 'chick' in it. Because he loves it so much, I have to find variations of this dish so that, you know, I don't get bored of it. Ha! No. It's because I want to keep it interesting for him and make our marriage last. That's another lie. This marriage will last no matter what. I am too pretty for a divorce. Now that I have been a hoot, being appropriately funny and all, lets get to some serious business of cooking.
Frankly speaking, I am not a great cook. I am an average cook, who gets things done. And once in a while when something I cook comes out great/awesome/mind-blowing and delicious, I have to document it. As proof. For my mother. She and most of my relatives still think that my husband does all the cooking at home. Well well well. That's not true now, is it? Do not answer that. It is a rhetorical question.
Chop 1 medium sized onion and sauté it in 2 tbsp of oil with ginger and garlic paste, chopped small green chillies and cumin seeds. When the onions turn translucent, add 2 small plum tomatoes, chopped into really small pieces and an assortment of spices. I usually put whatever comes my way (I would have never done that six months back, I guess I have become more confident about my cooking prowess!). In this particular recipe I put 2 tsp of Badshah chana masala (you get it in any Indian store), 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chilly powder, 1/4 tsp dried mango powder (again, you can find this is any Indian store, very yummy, it's called AMCHUR in Hindi by the way) and salt. Mix mix mix. I always pour a little milk when I am making gravy based stuff. It adds a nice round flavor to it. So do it! Add a little milk and water and stir stir stir. Cover the pan that you are cooking in and let it simmer. After about two minutes add chopped potatoes and chick-pea (I used the canned chick-pea to save time, but you have to, you know, cook the chick-pea before you put it in the gravy). Mix Mix Mix. Simmer simmer simmer.
While the food is a cooking, lemme give you guys a touring. Of my kitchen(ette??).
Our fridge is our museum of memories. Food memories in plastic Zip lock bags and containers and life memories outside in the form of magnets, tickets and pictures. You will see a pop of red throughout my kitchen. It is to me what pink is to most girls. I did not take the picture of the sink side of the kitchen, because you know, they were piled high with dirty dishes. That is how we roll in our blog. We censor out the nasty bits. And voila!! After ten minutes of touring, alternate mixing, simmering and cooking the food is so done!!
Devour it with warm bread, naan or rotis. You can have it with rice too. Or you can have it the way I like it, as it is with a dollop of plain yogurt on it. Au Revoir! Have a great weekend lovers! :-)