Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Aalu Channa / Potato with chickpeas

As many of you know, i'm a working mom with 2 little kids. My husband travels quite often. So, once in a while, i hear comments that i manage weekdays by preparing Maggi. Cooking maggi all 5 days!! Very nice idea, eh? Trust me, i don't get annoyed. I am past that stage now. I can easily laugh it off and move on. The reason i am writing about it is because i heard this comment recently too :) I was tempted to say, 'Thank you for atleast thinking that i feed my children' :D With some prep work done over the weekend, weekdays can be easily managed. I always prepare idli batter over the weekend. It's a lifesaver. If i have time, i also make stuffed parathas and freeze them too. Another thing i do is to soak and pressure cook channa in large qty and freeze it. I use it over the weekdays for salads, sundal, cutlet or even sambar. It makes life easier. I was so tired one day and made this real quick since i had the cooked channa ready. Everyone loved it.

Ingredients :
Potatos - 4
Cooked Channa - 1 cup
Tomatos - 2
Onions - 1
Red chilli powder - 1/2 spoon
Shaan channa masala mix
(or masala of your choice) - 1 spoon
Salt to taste




Method :

Chop onions and tomatos and saute in little oil till the onions are translucent.

Let it cool and grind it.

Boil or pressure cook potatos and cut them into cubes.

Heat little oil and add this paste, red chilli powder and masala and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Add the cooked potatos and channa.

Add salt and mix well. Cook for few minutes.

Season with mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Garnish with cilantro.
Goes well with Rotis.

50 comments:

Ann said...

Sounds yumm! this must be very filling too.

Parita said...

Nice idea to freeze chana and stuffed parathas! curry looks so simple and easy to prepare no wonder everyone loved it!

Keerthana said...

so you are super-duper working mom managing two kids!how do you do that?
this dish is new to me..guess what, last week i bought a pack of shaan chana masala. now tempted to use it soon:)

Pooja said...

Delicious n nutritious quick meal :)

Gita said...

I too love preparing maggi anytime of the day Vibaas...tasty curry dear...protein packed with the chickpeas :)

Priya said...

Wowo mouthwaterinf alu channa curry VIdhya! pasikuthu yennaku..

Varsha Vipins said...

Tho quick its a yum curry vidhya..I know how it can be as a working mom..Didnt their hols' start yet?

Prathibha said...

I love this combo with batura..

Ann said...

Yes,thats true viba..freezing channa helps a lot.esp for moms like us..Alu channa is extremely a filing curry..spicy yum yum

Vibaas said...

thanks all :)

Vibaas said...

Keerthana, you will love shaan masala. it is mild and yum!

Suparna said...

hi vibaas,
Kudos to u for multitasking :) it's a great idea to keep things handy and saves lot of time and energy. the alu chana looks great, both are my fav's.
Enjoy!

sowmya said...

great that you write a food blog even in your busy schedule...looks yumm..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I have to try the masala powder,we too get it here in Singapore :) looks nice :)

Chitra said...

U manage very nicely...its very difficult..Potato with chickpeas sounds healthy and simple:)

Varunavi said...

How do u manage blogging with two kids and work.Aalu channa looks great :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

intering simple healthy recipe dear...nice post

Vrinda said...

Never tried this combo..looks easy and delish....

Usha said...

Simple and inviting ! Good one:-)

Vaishali said...

Amazing you do all you do with 2 kids and a job! I think potatoes and chickpeas is a perfect combination, Vibaas. Looks delicious.

Nithya Praveen said...

Sounds yummy Vidya.Very simple and easy!

Premyscakes said...

sounds very simple yet looks great and would love to give a try.

sangi said...

simple...but healthy...tnx for sharing ...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

what a great combo... very nice dish.

and ya.. i am going to india :) adhan break...

Pavithra Kodical said...

Wow i never tried this combo, looks delicious, will surely try this :)

Doloncookbook said...

First time here .. you have nice blog ... Curry looks delicious & great idear to make stuffed chana paratha ...

AnuSriram said...

Thats a lovely recipe... Freezing channa is a nice idea!

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks delicious. Potato and Channa are made for each other. Nice combo

Vidya said...

Channa with chickpeas is one of our favourites too. looks yummy. Yeah I too make it a point to grind dosamav during the weekend. It really is a lifesaver. and you are right, so is cooked dal.

Preety said...

i make channa all the time but never added alu in it..gr8 idea..i also saw some people adding paneer in it..

Ramya said...

aloo with channa..yummy combination..Urs look delicious!!

ARUNA said...

that's a nice recipe Vidya, today even i made the same dish with Poori!!!!

Suma Rajesh said...

hey dear..h r u?..this recipe looks cool ....i love anything with potatoes..no doubt i would like this..

Priti said...

Simple and yum....looks gud

Yasmeen said...

Simple and delicious alu chana.And I didn't know you were working sweetie,sure must be challenging with kids :D

Ammu said...

Simple and lovely curry with nice ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Shri said...

Some how I couldn't see the picture:(
Very nutritious for kids and Yummy recipe

Hari Chandana said...

Sounds too good... looks soo delicious.. neat and tempting click!!

Jyoti said...

Looks great, always good to have healthy half-cooked meals handy in the freezer!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Really admire the way u keep up a good balance between work n family. Freezing the channa is a great idea. U r tempting me with ur quick channa recipe. Gonna try this now:)

veggie belly said...

This sounds easy and delicious! I dont pressure cook channa like you do, so I'd throw in some canned chickpeas :)

Divya Kudua said...

Great idea to freeze stuffed parathas and channa..;).Aloo channa sounds like a quick fix curry,looks delicious!!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Hats off to you. 2 kids and traveling hubby and still you do such a great job....
I do the same, make 3-4 subzi over the weekend and keep dosa batter and few dals ready...
Your Alu chana looks yum!

Pavithra said...

Your so great working , managing with 2 kids, blogging..omg really i appreciate it vibaas.. The dish is simple and sure it would tasted great... yummy one

Rajitha said...

okay eating maggie for 5 days!!..now that is a way to make sure yur kids hate it ;)...good for you to plan ahead and make a nutritious meal :)

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Divya Vikram said...

Potato and channa makes a classic combo! Looks too good.

Jhanani said...

Thanks for the tips. I know how hard it's difficult to manage kids, job and cooking. I always refer your website for some quick fixes and this one is also bookmarked.
Thx for sharing.

Vibaas said...

thank you so much friends for your wonderful comments.

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