Ever heard of instant chola,,no na even i never tried preparing but one fine evening i was not in mood to prepare dinner tired and all so asked hubby to prepare dinner for which he agreed...before our marriage during his bachleor days he used to survive on chola,rajma and chicken curry with rice,..whenever we used to speak on phone before our marraige i always used to ask him what he had for dinner,..and the answer was always..chola chawal,rajma chawal or chicken curry with rice , i had told him already that i dont know even abc of cooking...when i reached Singapore after my marraige kitchen was a big shock for me,..there was just garam masala,meat masala and salt ,..no jeera,methi,sarso,..no turmeric,coriander,red chilli,,nothing next day was spent shopping for small containers for masalas and other kitchen stuff,..once i got all the basic things which are needed for kitchen i saw there was no tava,..how to make roti,,,cause unlike hubby i cant survive on rice ,..i need to eat chapati or any other indian bread,,without which meal is incomplete..finally got tava form little inida..but so heavy that i have to use both my hand to lift it,..and since then my experiments in kitchen started,,as hubby had no idea about sabji preparation i had to take help from my mother...imagine even basics like rice dal,..i didnt knw ,..its been two yrs now,..i always used to crib i cant work here cause my dentist degree is not recognised,,,but now i feel happy that my time is not wasted i learnt so many things,..:-)
Coming back to the recipe hubby decided to prepare chola
we already had heat and eat nan,..before writing this post i asked how he prepared cause hen he cooks i dont go in the kitchen :-)
ingredient for instant chola
salt to taste
onion three chopped
garlic clove ten chopped
tomato paste one tbsp
green chilli 3 chopped
ginger one inch chopped
cumin seed one tsp
oil to cook
slow cook chickpea in water for fifteen minutes
after slow cooking if chickpeas are still hard fast cook further for seven minutes in microave
heat oil in pressure cooker once oil is hot add cumin seeds ,followed by chopped onion,garlic,ginger and green chilli.
once onions start changing colour ,add garam masala and fry further for three minute,add salt followed by cooked chickpeas
fry everything for 5 to 6 minutes so that everything blends,add tomato paste and fry for a minute
finally add water and close the lid and pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles.
serve hot ganished with coriander leaves.
we had with heat and eat nan...for a change and the curry was delicious try for a change with nan.
Since the day i told lakshmi about this instant chola,,she was asking me for recipe,,,so this one is specially for u LAKSHMI :-) AND INSTANT CHOLA ALSO GOES TO SRIVALLI WHO IS HOSTING CURRY MELA.SRIVALLI IS ALSO ON WITH DONATE FOR A HEART A CAMPAIGN TO HEAL TO HELP ANITA LAKSHMI wHO IS 28yr old and is suffering from coronary artery disease, campaign is to raise money for her operation please go thorugh her post for more details,..
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