Chhole

Recipes

Chhole
‘Beans Chickpeas’ by Alessandra Andrisani

This is an absolutely simple and yet utterly delicious vegetarian curry that can be easily tempered to suit your spice and heat threshold, while the fresh mint and coriander combination creates a taste that brings you back time and time again.

The added bonus is that this uncomplicated marriage of fresh herbs and tomatoes also wins votes with both adults and children alike, and what’s even more appealing is that it takes very little time to prepare and cook too.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

4 Tbsps of Olive Oil
2 400g Tins of Chickpeas (Drained and Rinsed)
2 Medium Onions (Finely Chopped)
4 Garlic Cloves (Peeled and Grated)
Tbsp Ground Coriander
Tbsp Ground Cumin
Tsp Ground Turmeric
Tsp Garam Masala
Tsp Paprika
4 Whole Vine Tomatoes (Chopped)
Medium Green or Red Chilli (Seeded and Finely Chopped)
25g Pack of Fresh Coriander (Finely Chopped)
Tbsp Fresh Mint (Finely Chopped)
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to Taste
500ml Water

How to Cook

1. Heat the oil in a non-stick chef pan (or similar), add the chopped onions and garlic, and stir-fry them until the onions are lightly browned.

2. Add the chopped chilli, cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, paprika and garam masala, and stir well to coat everything.

3. Add the chickpeas, chopped tomatoes, fresh coriander, fresh mint and salt and pepper, bring to the boil, and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened, and then serve.

Comments
This healthy and incredibly tasty dish goes brilliantly with any rice, however a simple plain basmati rice will easily suffice, and you could also have some nice warmed chapatis and freshly sliced cucumber if preferred.

Mung Beans with Potatoes

Recipes

Mung Beans with Potatoes
‘Basket of Potatoes’ by Vincent Van Gogh

Undoubtedly one of my own personal favourites, this delicious combination of soft tender potatoes, with sweet tomato coated mung beans, never fails to satisfy when I make it, and I’m supremely confident that if you give it a try yourself, you’ll quickly become another fan of this truly ‘moreish’ meal.

Ingredients (Serves 4)
Slug of Olive Oil
175g Mung Beans
2 Medium Potatoes (Peeled and Cut into Small Dice)
Garlic Clove (Peeled and Grated)
1” Fresh Ginger (Peeled and Grated)
400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
Tbsp Tomato Purée
0.5 Tsp Cumin Seeds
0.5 Tsp Brown Sugar
6 Curry Leaves (Fresh or Dried)
0.5 Tsp Ground Turmeric
Medium Red or Green Chilli (Seeded and Finely Chopped)
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to Taste
750ml Water

How to Cook

1. Add the mung beans to the water and simmer in a small pan for around 30 minutes, draining away any excess liquid when finished.

2. Par-boil the diced potatoes in another small pan for around 9 minutes, draining away any excess liquid when finished.

3. Meanwhile heat the oil in a non-stick chef pan (or similar), add the cumin seeds, shortly followed by the garlic, chilli and ginger, before stir-frying until the garlic is soft but not browned.

4. Add the turmeric, salt and pepper, and sugar, and mix well before stir-frying for a further 1-2 minutes

5. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato purée, and bring them to the boil before simmering covered for 6-8 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.

6. Finally add the mung beans and potatoes and gently mix everything together before serving as required.

Comments
This awesome vegetarian dish goes brilliantly with warm chapatis, but is equally delightful with a simple plain basmati rice if preferred.