Masaledar Chholay

5 11 2011

Or, Chickpeas in Spicy Tomato Gravy.  Yes, folks, it’s the first weekend of the month, which means it’s Currypalooza time!  I got to choose again this time around, and I picked this recipe, from a feature in Food and Wine about Sanjeev Kapoor.

masaledar chholay

Masaledar Chholay is a Punjabi dish, from a cuisine which I am beginning to learn tends to contain a paste of blended garlic, ginger, and chilis.  (Sorry, that sentence was terrible.  I’m a little burned out at the moment.  The new job is great so far, but much more mentally taxing than the old one.)  It’s a simple dish to put together, and comes largely from pantry staples: canned chickpeas and tomatoes, fresh onions, ginger, garlic, chilis, and cilantro, and a handful of not-very-exotic spices.  Cooking it up, Nick and I both agreed that the flavor was a little flat.  A squeeze of lime juice set things right.

Chickpeas in spicy tomato gravy, spinach simmered in yogurt, kolmino patio, rice

I served it with yogurt-simmered spinach (sort of a cheater’s saag paneer), kolmino patio (yet another hit from Miss Masala – spicy sweet-and-sour shrimp), and basmati rice.  The most colorful place settings possible completed the scene.

To see a couple more takes on the dish, check out the other Currypalooza posts at more please by Margie and Sage Trifle.

And with that, I wish you a great weekend!

Originally published on Croque-Camille.

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16 responses

5 11 2011
Karen

Hello, My husband and I travel to France often so your blog will be interesting to follow. Your dish sounds lovely and I know I will be trying it soon.

5 11 2011
croquecamille

Karen – Welcome, and nice to meet you!

5 11 2011
Michel

The best part is the ingredients are more or less cupboard staples. It looks delicious too.

5 11 2011
Alejo

Looks great! You have to help me convince Joyce that garbanzo beans are awesome, she seems to believe otherwise.

5 11 2011
Anne

Looks delicious. So bummed out though because although my kids will eat all kinds of beans, there’s something about chickpeas that just sets them off. (And wouldn’t you know it, they eat hummus too.) I’ll set this aside for another time!

6 11 2011
Margie

What an excellent combination of flavors on that plate! Great idea to finish with a squeeze of lime… I’m making note of that for next time. Thanks for choosing such a great recipe. So quick, easy, and spicy!

6 11 2011
Hannah

Lady, you talk of being a little burned out and yet you make a four-part dinner?! You’re amazing :) Can’t wait to hear how the new place is going!!

6 11 2011
croquecamille

Michel – Exactly, you can throw this together at a moment’s notice!

Alejo – What’s not to like about garbanzo beans?

Anne – Amazing, I had no idea chickpeas were so divisive.

Margie – My pleasure!

Hannah – Well, part of the idea was to do a bunch of cooking one night, so I would have leftovers for nights I didn’t want to cook. :)

6 11 2011
k_sam

How random – an Indian friend just made us this dish today for the first time, and I was wondering how to spell it!! Having spent so long in France, I would’ve spelled it Cholé. But no matter how you spell it, it sure was delicious! :)

6 11 2011
Anna Johnston

Totes dig your curry recipes. I have a stash of them I wipe out every other week. Hope you had a great weekend, rest up, starting a new job takes it out of you. Xx

7 11 2011
croquecamille

k_sam – I agree!

Anna – Thank you!

7 11 2011
Ryan

I have a serious need for Indian food after seeing these pics. So good looking Camille!

8 11 2011
croquecamille

Ryan – Thank you! Indian is truly some of the world’s great comfort food.

9 11 2011
hungry dog

Sounds great, perfect for this cool weather we’ve been having here. And the photos are downright magazine-worthy!

10 11 2011
Jessica

Ooh, I love the cheater’s saag paneer!

11 11 2011
croquecamille

hungry dog – You can always tell the difference when Nick busts out the fancy camera and the remote flash.

Jessica – Me, too! Especially since paneer can be so elusive here.




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