Wednesday, August 20, 2008

INSTANT CHOLA CURRY AND OTHER CURRIES FOR CURRY MELA

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
chickpea 200gm
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
garam twotbsp
oil to cook
procedure
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,..
i am reposting
BAINGAN ALLO TAMATAR CURRY
MALAI WALA PALAK PANEER
FOR THE CURRY MELA
HOSTED BY SRIVALLI
AND AS CHOLA IS ONE OF THE REGULAR DISH WHICH WE PREPARE DURING RAKSHABANDHAN I AM SENDING INSTANT CHOLA TO FESTIVE FOOD EVENT
HOSTED BY PRITI AND PURVA THEME FOR THIS MONTH BEING RAKSHABANDHAN THREAD OF LOVE.

13 comments:

Priti said...

Gud roundup done by you for curry mela :)...Chole looking so gud..noone can say it's instant...thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe...now we can make instant chole too ;)...and love reading you writeup...

Anisheetu said...

looking at those chola's I m feeling really very hungry...

SMN said...

Hey i always wonder how do u manage to do so many things..instant chole is so nice and easy thanks for sharing

Cham said...

I keep an eye on ur Mirchi salaan :) U make me hungry again

sowmya said...

nice subji..hav to try it sometime..after seeing all your curries ,,i am drooling now..

Pragyan said...

Wonderful spread! Loved your kitchen experiment story..very similar to mine :)

LG said...

thanks Priyanks for instant chola. Will make it soon. Mini round up for Curry mela looks good.

Sia said...

splendid... ia m eyeing ur banarasi barwa aloo :)
and story of almost every house hold;) we survived on curry powder, 2 plates and 2 vessels for 2 months until i decided to learn proper cooking ;)

Ramya Bala said...

Chole n round up goods so cool...Priyanka have tagged u dear..chk it out

Sukanya said...

Instant chola, thats truly cool, I always thought that we have to soak overnight wait until the next day to prepare...excellent recipe. I cant believe you didnt know the ABC of cooking before....you cook like a hotel management student and not like a dentist. Excellent round up of curries...truly mouthwatering and tempting.

Madhavi said...

WOW so many mouth-drooling entries for the event. Everything looks yummmmmmm!!!!

Srivalli said...

P..you have left me speechless!..thanks for all those lovely ones!

Divya said...

I don't know if my comment got accepted,so here I go again
Yummy chole yaar..sure sounds like a quick and easy method.Great to hear about your experiments in the kitchen..sounds quite similar to mine;-)!!!