Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Gujarati Series: Chana-Bateta Curry

Chana-Bateta, or simply Chickpeas and Potatoes made in the classic Gujarati way are a wonderful accompaniment to Gujarati Kadhis.....I remember a typical Gujarati meal when all the masis and mamis (aunts) would get together at my Ba's house, the entire kitchen would be bustling with women, and us kids knew that a feast was in store for us later that day. My ba ( grandma) was in charge, of course. She would delegate one masi to make puris, the other to make Kadhi-Bhaat, my mom would often end up making this Chana-Batata...and so on...other items in the menu would include Aam raas, or Shrikhand, 3 different types of Veggies, Kachumber salad, papad-papdi, or a farsan such as bhajiyas or vadas.....those were the good old days....all the ladies would cook, the men would clean, and us kids would well,just eat! nothing for us to do except savor the royal treatment......!

Here is the recipe:
  • 1.5 cups- cooked Kala Chana
  • 2 medium sized potatoes- chopped
  • 1 large tomato- chopped
  • 1 tbsp - Besan flour
  • 1 tsp - Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp- oil, some water for a little bit of gravy
  • Asafoetida-1/2 tsp
  • 1 large- dried chili - for the tempering
  • Salt, turmeric, jaggery, lemon juice, chili powder, dhani-jeera powder - for seasoning.
  • 2 cloves- minced garlic to add towards the end (optional)
In a deep pan, heat some oil. Add the dried chili and asafoetida. When they sizzle, add the chopped potatoes and the tomato. Add a little bit of water and let the potato cook for around 5-7 minutes. Add the Garam masala at this point. Now add the Chanas and the besan flour. Stir really well so that the besan flour doesn't get lumpy. Add the rest of the seasonings now along with the minced garlic and have a taste. Make sure to use Jaggery for an authentic flavor, but you could substitute brown sugar or regular sugar. Add some water if you would like somewhat of a gravy with this. Cook further until done. Serve hot with Kadhi, and Phulkas for a complete meal.

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Sharmi said...

hey I think I am the first today!!
this one looks very simple and nice. I use Punjabi chole masala and onions too. will try out this way. Any specific garam masala?

Sandeepa said...

Good old days right...no cooking and cleaning..bliss :)
I didn't know that granny was "Ba" in Gujrati until that serial something called "Ba, Bahu etc."
The chana looks great

sailaja said...

Trupti, I always relished Gujarati thali and as you mention the menu dished out by your family..I yearn for some authentic Gujarati meal.

I would love this curry with some hot puris. Nice recipe!

KitchenFairy said...
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KitchenFairy said...

I think I am firsttime in ur blog,Your blog is really nice mcolourful.and the Chana-Bateta Curry looks delicious and simple to cook.I will try this .I will come back soon to read all ur recipes..Thanks for sharing

USHA said...

Hi Trupti,
Tanks alot for sharing this dish. Actually i got kala chana,was thinking to do something different from my usual dishes.I got now.
I between i tried your pastry sheet and jeera snack..it has come out well, but snaps was not good...thanks trupti..

Jyothsna said...

I always prepare the Punjabi chhole/channa masala. I liked the samosa recipe too. Will try that soon. Thanks for extending the deadline, I did feel there were too many blog events happening!

Sri said...

Oh yeah Trupti I know what you talking about...this use to be the scenario at our neighbor aunty's place too...whenever they had some function or some special occasion.

The chana-bateta curry is looking delicious will be trying this too....god am I glad that I found your blog. All my craving for gujju dishes are getting satisfied by visiting your blog. Now don't have to wait to go to India for the same...now i can make them at home...Thank you Trupti :)

Monisha said...

You're right, does sound like a feast in progress! Chana looks great and perfect as a snack as well!

Sajeda Meghji said...

oooooooooh Trupti! I can just picture the scene! Reminded me of my childhood, sneaking batata wada or gughra when no one was looking!

cinderelly said...

i like your beautiful site! i know what everything in the recipe is except the dhani-jeera powder...but i have a foods of india store near me, so maybe they will have this ingredient? i love chickpeas and am think of trying them this way!

Anonymous said...

Hi Trupti,
It's my first time here. You have a really beautiful blog and some great recipes .
I have bookmarked this to come back to later . :-)

Asha said...

Excuse me for being late,back breaking work today.
You know, I just cooked some brown chana and aloo and was thinking what masala I have to make for that.There it is!!:))
Thank you so much T!Hugs.

swapna said...

hi trupti
my mom used to make this curry.i am remembering those days!!!thanku.curry is looking yummy!!
samosa with tortilla..humm!!interesting.

archana said...

I luv your Gujarati food Trupti.Carry on with this series,we are enjoying the food :)

Sushma said...

You reminded me of those childhood sundays when family and friends would gather, ladies busy in kitchen and men enjoying their Gap Shap ( chitchat) and we children enjoying the most -Eating and Playing.. :-)

Wonderful recipe with Puri's to satisfy your taste buds on a sunday brunch...

nz said...

Lovely description :-) reminded me of those laid-back days playing with cousins while grownups were busy cooking, chitchatting etc..now I wanna go back to India !

Never tried chana this way - I am loving your Gujarati series :-)

Anonymous said...

Great dish...I am gonna make it tomorrow...at my sons request...I often make it using Kala channa as you have done...it has very lovely earthy taste to it...thanks for sharing...take care

minal said...

Hi Trupi,
ever since i have discovered your blog i have been able to satisfy my craving for gujarati food.

thanks a lot.
waiting eagerly for upcoming recipies

musical said...

Yeah, Trupti.....Mummy ke haath ka khana is something else. Yummy entry :).

We Punjabis also have a similar dish with kala chana and potato,quite similar except besan and hing. we add onion and tomato tadka instead.There's another kala chana recipe made during Navaratras, to go with halwa-puri for the prasad. Those are the dry chanas with masala, no onions and tomatoes used. will try it Gujrati way with your recipe next time :).

Vcuisine said...

Interesting Trupti to know your style of cooking. The way you present your dishes are very simple and easy to follow. It is always a plasure to post our authentic food. Tks for sharing. Viji

Sia's corner said...

i made this the day i made ur khadi:) i like kaala channa than the kaabul chana.
what is Marble Masala Soda? never heard of them...waiting eagerly for K's post:)

Linda said...

Hi Trupti -- chana bateta looks yummy! Another must-try from Canada :):)

Creativecook said...

For some reason I was unable to leave comments the last time I was here. I like making this with Green Channa too.

Your blog is just such a beautiful place to be. Amazing art, soothing music, and of course, delicious food.

Sumitha said...

Trupti i cant wait for the kachori and batura recipe!

Lera said...

Trupti, Love the way you present your food,will try this combo,thanks for sharing your lovely recipe.

Prema Sundar said...

I too use chole masala and onions for this curry trupti. Looks lovely and authentic.

nz said...

hi Trupti

where's your yummy Guvar dhokli recipe gone ??? I was planning to make it for dinner tonight but couldnt find it :-(

Latha said...

Hey Trupti,
Your story sounds so nice! I am from a large joint family too and your story made me nostalgic of my times in India!
I had a good gujju-kutchi friend who used to live in this huge house (building) ... big joint family with all the masi's, maami's and kaaki's etc. etc. And they had this big huge kitchen where all the ladies of the house used to cook. Each was given one responsibility .. reminds me of her :-)
The aloo-chole looks groovy! Of course ultimate comfort food .. rice, kadi and aloo chole!
I did try a thepla recipe form your blog sometime back. They turned out veyr tasty! But forgot to take pictures! Next time I will!

Swapna said...

Just wanted to tell u that I have started my day with a hot cup of coffee and music from your blog..It's amazing:)

Deepali said...

Tried this recipe, Me and hubby both relished it :) ..

Thanks :)

Lotus Reads said...

Oh my,my this looks absolutely delcious. So far, my repertoire consists of only one dish with kala channa so I can't wait to add this one to it! YUM! Thanks Trupti!

Also want to tell you, you're doing a brilliant job with your blog....it looks fantastic...I really enjoy coming here.

Sivani said...

Hi Trupti,

When I was looking for Gujurati recipes for chana-bateta nu shaak, everyone pointed me to your recipe!

I made it a little while ago and we loved it. I finally got around to posting it on my blog, and I gave you lots of well-deserved credit with a link back to this recipe.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful dish with us, your loyal audience.

Siddika patel said...

i think u can use imbli instead of lemon,its gives u a great taste

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