Chickpea Curry Recipe – Easy Dinner Ideas

Chana- Chickpeas are really healthy, full of fiber, protein rich and taste so good in a masala curry. Chana Masala curry is easy to make and is a great dish to sere to your guests when they come over for dinner. Here’s how you can convert simple chickpeas into exotic curry.

Recipe Video in Hindi : Chana Masala Curry in Hindi

Ingredients:

1 cup Chickpeas (Uncooked)
2 onion for onion paste, 1 onion for the masala
2 tomatoes
1 green chilli ( deseeded)
4-5 cloves of garlic and small piece of ginger
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp mango powder
1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
3-4 tbsp tomato paste
5-6 stalks of Cilantro
4-5 tbsp oil
1 black cardamom
1tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp red chilli powder

Method:

1. Soak chickpeas in water overnight or atleast an hour.
2. Discard the water and get your cooker ready.
3. Make onion paste with ginger, garlic and onions
4. Heat oil in the cooker
5. Fry cumin, coriander, cinnamon, bay leaf and black cardamom
6. Add green chill and onions. Mix in salt, turmeric and red chilli powder.
7. Mix in tomato puree ( by blending 2 tomatoes with 2 tbsp of water). Cook for 3-4 mins.
8.Add chick peas, amchur/ mango powder, tomato paste. Mix well.
9. Add water
10. Cover the lid and cook for 3-4 whistles ( if chick peas were presoaked), if unsoaked – longer
11. Once the cooker has cooled down, open the lid and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve with Coconut Rice.

Punjabi Egg Masala Curry Recipe – Easy Indian Dinner Recipe Ideas

Egg curry is an easy Indian dish and fulfilling too. This Punjabi version of the recipe is my favourite as its flavourful and so tasty. Indian spices give eggs a unique taste and its best enjoyed with a buttery parantha, rice or naan.

Ingredients

1 black cardamom
1 stick of cinnamon
2-3 bay leaves/ Tej patta
1 small roughly chopped red onion
1 tbsp ginger- garlic paste/or chopped ginger and garlic
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp crushed coriander seeds ( or powder)
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves- Kasoori Methi
Fresh Cilantro leaves for garnish
2 tomatoes
Salt per taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp Turmeric
2-3 tbsp oil
3-4 boiled eggs

Method:

– Heat oil in a pan and fry boiled eggs until golden brown.
– In another pan, heat oil and fry coriander, cumin , cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaves for 30 secs.Add ginger and garlic.
— Add onions and mix well.
– Add salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Cook for 2-3 mins.
– Add tomatoes. Mix well. Cover and cook for 3-4 mins.
– Add water and bring sauce to boil.
– Add garam masala. Add eggs.
– Add dried fenugreek leaves and cilantro. Mix well.
– Serve with Roti or rice.

More Tasty Recipes from Punjabi Cuisine:

1. Punjabi Style Eggplant Tomato Curry
2. Punjabi Chickpeas Curry Recipe
3. Punjabi Butternut Squash Recipe
4. Punjabi Paneer Paratha Recipe
5. Punjabi Rajma Masala

Easy Noodles Recipe – Quick Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Here is a simple and quick recipe for making Chinese stir- fried noodles. Best thing about the recipe is that it can be customized to suit your taste. Whether you want an instant snack or have to whip up a meal for guests, this recipe is great, make it spicy or keep it mild and enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

Noodles of your choice
1-2 cup veggies ( I used frozen peas, carrots, corn and beans)
2-3 tbsp veg oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1-2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp Sesame seeds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp five spice powder
Optional- 1-2 tbsp hot sauce/ ketchup/ garlic chilli sauce or any other sauce you like or have on hand..I kept it mild so that my kids could enjoy it too.

Begin by boiling noodles and set them aside.
In a wok saute your veggies and add seasoning and sauces. Add sesame seeds and sesame oil towards the end and mix in with the noodles. Serve hot.

More Indo- Chinese Recipes from our kitchen worth trying

1. Hakka Noodles – Chinese Veg Noodles Recipe
2. Street Food Noodles recipe
3. Manchurian Recipe

Punjabi Rajma Masala Recipe – Indian Dinner Ideas

Delicious, full of flavour, vegan, gluten free and protein rich dish from Punjabi cuisine, world famous, Rajma Masala. Here’s how mom use to cook it.

Ingredients/Method

1 cup red kidney beans ( I use uncooked beans and then soak them in water overnight before boiling them)
1 large onion ( or 2 medium)
3-4 cloves of garlic
2-3 inch piece of ginger
1 black cardamom
1 stick of cinnamon
1 bay leaf
2-3 tbsp oil for cooking
1/2 tsp garam masala
3-4 tomatoes (+ 1,2 cups of water)
Salt per taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric

Method:
– Boil beans in pressure cooker.
– Make onion paste with onions, ginger and garlic.
– Fry onion paste in hot oil along with cumin, bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamom. Add salt, turmeric and red chilli powder.
– Cook for 4 to 5 mins.
– Add tomato puree ( chopped tomatoes pureed in blender along with 1-2 cups of water)
– Add beans. Cook further for 15-20 mins.
– Add garam masala. Mix well. Garnish and serve.