Friday, June 14, 2013

Kala chana Kebab/ gram spiced up.

This was a good way to use up the Black gram that was lying in my Kitchen cabinet for a very long time.We get these huge 2 pound packets of lentils/grams,and the only use of kala chana in our regular cooking is putting it in our "paanchmeshali tarkari' or "aloo kumro".
This finger food with evening tea was a good way to see the last of black chana. To make about 8-10 kebabs you will need
Boiled and mashed up black gram-2 cups
Chopped onions-4 tablespoons(1/2 of an mid sized onion)
Chopped green chilies-1 tablespoon
Crushed garlic-1 tablespoon
Ginger paste-1/2 tablespoon
Yogurt- 2 tablespoons
Garam masala/Dabeli/Pav bhaji masala/Chat masala-2 tablespoons(Anything will do)
Coriander powder-1 tablespoon
Roasted cumin powder-1 tablespoon
Oil-2 tablespoons + to grill the kebabs
Fresh chopped coriander-4 tablespoons
Salt-1 teaspoon or to taste.

First soak the kala chana overnight.Boil it with some salt till the chana is really soft.I boiled it for 3 whistles.Drain the water and mash it with a masher....i did it with my "daaler kanta".
In a pan add 2 tablespoons of oil,add in the chopped onions and fry the onions till they are pink and translucent.Now add the green chili,garlic and ginger and fry for about a minute.Add in the yogurt,to stop the onions and the masala from getting stuck to the frying pan.Now add in the coriander powder,cumin powder and the garam masala powder.I added dabeli masala worked .Once all the masala is cooked add in the mashed kala chana. Add salt and adjust the seasoning to your liking.If you want more heat you can add a tablespoon of chili powder.We use chilies very sparingly because of toddler in the house.Once everything is mixed up well take it off the heat and now add the fresh chopped coriander.
Now make round balls and flatten them with the palms of your hand and place it on a hot frying pan(tava) or grill.Put a spoon of oil on top of the Kebab or patties and turn them.It takes about a minute on each side to get the color.
Now you can serve them as an evening snack with a mayonnaise and sriracha dip(just take equal quantities of mayo and srirach and mix it....nice spicy and creamy dip)  or you can make big sized patties and put them in between burgers.

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