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Webmaster | 6. September 2006 @ 18:17

Summary:

Hot and Spicy Chick Peas By: The Skinny Cook

This delicious Chick pea curry recipe is fully vegetarian, in the tradition of Vegetarian Indian cooking.

Who said vegetables recipes can't be delicious?

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Hot and Spicy Chick Peas (VEGETARIAN RECIPE)

Makes 2 servings in 45 minutes

VEGETABLES / Asian (India) / Side Dish / Stove / No marinating

Much of the Indian population is vegetarian, and they enjoy the most extensive vegetable dishes in the world.

This is not only because of the predominant Hindu religion with its respect for all living creatures.

Also feeding 1 billion Indian people nowadays can be done much more efficiently by growing vegetables in stead of animals.

Last but not least: when a refrigerator is not available, it is much easier to use up small portions of vegetables, in stead of having to slaughter and store 1 big animal.

For vegetarian dishes, you will notice that each Indian region has distinct cooking techniques and flavoring principles to prepare them.

You have probably also noticed that there are many, many "curry"-recipes. Actually "Kari" is the Tamil (one of the many languages spoken in India) translation for the English word "sauce". And "curry" is the western way of pronouncing this word.

Before coming to Malaysia, my simple western recipe for using chick peas was to add them in thick soups... Since Malaysia is the melting pot of all Asian cuisines, I notice that there are as much chick pea curry recipes as that there are people here.

Here is one of them: a home-cooked chick pea curry recipe from my Indian friend Ssussi. She uses a lot of fresh ingredients and her recipe takes a bit more of your time than expected for such a simple yet delicious dish.

INGREDIENTS

* 1 can of chick peas (15 1/2 Oz; 439 gr)
* 1 medium onion, finely chopped
* 1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
* 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
* 1 green chilly, finely chopped
* 2 medium well ripened tomatoes, seeded and chopped
* 1 tablespoon fresh coriander chopped
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 10 g vegetable oil
* Spices:
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 tea spoon "garam masala"
- salt to taste

PREPARATION

1. Drain chick peas, reserving the liquid.

2. Cook the onions, ginger garlic, chilies and turmeric in the vegetable oil until golden and softened.

3. Add the tomatoes and cook to soften, then add the ground coriander and chick peas.

4. Cook for 10 minutes, add the reserved liquid and cook a further 10 minutes.

5. Add "garam masala", lemon juice and stir in the fresh coriander. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes, adding more liquid, if needed, to make a sauce.

Serve with "naan bread", "chapati" or as a side dish.

About the author:

The Skinny Cook aka Stef Glassee, is a Belgian chef living in Malaysia : the melting pot of Asian cuisine.

Find more delicious home-tested recipes at : http://www.theskinnycook.com

Skinny Cooks' Home-Recipes : Eurasian Cooking, Food and Tips!

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Copyright The Skinny Cook - http://www.theskinnycook.com

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Webmaster | 5. September 2006 @ 18:17

Indian children love the Khomcha-Wallah. He wanders the streets, the busier the better, basket of goodies on his head and a cane stool under his arm. When he encounters a likely crowd he sets down his basket on the stool and starts to trade. The basket will contain the half-prepared ingredients of what is known in northern India as chaat - savoury snacks from traditional Hindu cuisine - which may be served in a banana leaf bowl.

One item might be Aloo Chaat which is fried, golden-brown potato cubes tossed with chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and chaat masala**.

Another, Dhai Baras which are split-pea patties. They will be already fried and softened in warm water. To complete the dish the Khomcha-Wallah may add beaten, creamy plain yoghurt with salt on top, and a choice of spice mixes. One mixture will be aromatic and probably contain roasted cumin, black pepper and dried mango powder, another will be hot a fiery with chillies, another sweet and sour like tamarind chutney.

Some Indian cities have become renowned for a certain sort of chaat - Jaipur for Paapri Chaat (similar to Dhai Baras but served with cubed potatoes chick peas) and Mumbai for Pau Bahji (spicy potato and vegetable curry served in a bun) but it is Delhi which is the chaat capital of India.

Some other chaats are:

Aloo Samosa - little pastry triangles filled with a spicy mixture of small diced potatoes and peas with chillies, chilli powder, fresh coriander, cumin and garam masala.

Keema Samosa - similar to above but including minced beef or lamb.

Aloo Tikki - mashed potato mixed with peas, cumin powder, corn flour, chilli powder and salt, formed into patties and fried until crisp and golden.

Tandoori Chicken Chaat - Tandoori chicken, shredded and mixed with diced green mango, onions, green chillies, coriander leaves and chaat masala**, dressed with lemon juice, oil and chilli powder.

**Chaat Masala is a spice mix made by combining the following ingredients.

4 tsp powdered dried mango
3 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and ground
3 tsp salt
tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp coriander seeds, roasted and ground
tsp ground ginger
tsp fennel seeds, roasted and ground (optional)
tsp cayenne pepper

For all your Indian cooking needs why not visit my Asian Food Online Store at http://www.lizebiz.com/trk.php?c=3308&u=AC

About the author:

Liz Canham is the webmistress Asian Food and Cookery at http://www.lizebiz.com/trk.php?c=2801&u=AC and Travellers' Tales at http://www.lizebiz.com/trk.php?c=2802&u=AC.

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Webmaster | 19. June 2006 @ 17:02

Indian children love the Khomcha-Wallah. He wanders the streets, the busier the better, basket of goodies on his head and a cane stool under his arm. When he encounters a likely crowd he sets down his basket on the stool and starts to trade. The basket will contain the half-prepared ingredients of what is known in northern India as chaat - savoury snacks from traditional Hindu cuisine - which may be served in a banana leaf bowl.

One item might be Aloo Chaat which is fried, golden-brown potato cubes tossed with chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and chaat masala**.

Another, Dhai Baras which are split-pea patties. They will be already fried and softened in warm water. To complete the dish the Khomcha-Wallah may add beaten, creamy plain yoghurt with salt on top, and a choice of spice mixes. One mixture will be aromatic and probably contain roasted cumin, black pepper and dried mango powder, another will be hot a fiery with chillies, another sweet and sour like tamarind chutney.

Some Indian cities have become renowned for a certain sort of chaat - Jaipur for Paapri Chaat (similar to Dhai Baras but served with cubed potatoes chick peas) and Mumbai for Pau Bahji (spicy potato and vegetable curry served in a bun) but it is Delhi which is the chaat capital of India.

Some other chaats are:

Aloo Samosa - little pastry triangles filled with a spicy mixture of small diced potatoes and peas with chillies, chilli powder, fresh coriander, cumin and garam masala.

Keema Samosa - similar to above but including minced beef or lamb.

Aloo Tikki - mashed potato mixed with peas, cumin powder, corn flour, chilli powder and salt, formed into patties and fried until crisp and golden.

Tandoori Chicken Chaat - Tandoori chicken, shredded and mixed with diced green mango, onions, green chillies, coriander leaves and chaat masala**, dressed with lemon juice, oil and chilli powder.

**Chaat Masala is a spice mix made by combining the following ingredients.

4 tsp powdered dried mango
3 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and ground
3 tsp salt
tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp coriander seeds, roasted and ground
tsp ground ginger
tsp fennel seeds, roasted and ground (optional)
tsp cayenne pepper

For all your Indian cooking needs why not visit my Asian Food Online Store at http://www.lizebiz.com/trk.php?c=3308&u=AC

About the author:

Liz Canham is the webmistress Asian Food and Cookery at http://www.lizebiz.com/trk.php?c=2801&u=AC and Travellers' Tales at http://www.lizebiz.com/trk.php?c=2802&u=AC.

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