How To Make Chana Batata ( gravy ) / Tangy Spicy Chick Pea




Chana Batata is a street side chatpata Indian snack. Chana batata is made of boiled chickpeas simmered in spicy/mild spicy tamarind thick gravy. It is one of the most favorable street side snack loved by all. 



I have been making this kind of chana batata since past 15 -17 years now, but never got the chance to put up on my blog. Infact whenever I make chana batatas and post on any of FB groups ( social networking site ) , I get many request to put up the recipe. Well since then I am struggling to draft this recipe last 2 years, but some how I could not. Today I felt I have to draft the recipe for sure. So here is my recipe of Chana Batata.





INGREDIENTS : 
  • 1 cup brown chana ( brown chick pea-200 gms )
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder 
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic
  • 4-5 green chilies
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 2 -3 tbsp gram flour (besan )
  • 2 medium boiled potatoes , cut into cubes
  • 1-2 tbsp thick tamarind pulp 
  • 3-4 curry leaves 
  • 1 sliced onion sliced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder 
  • lemon wedges
  • Few fried onions ( birishta)
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • salt to taste
  • oil 
METHOD : 
  • Soak brown chana over night in a vessel with few cups of water .
  • Next day in cooker add drained chana with 3-4 cups cooking water with salt. Cook and make 3-4 whistles on high .
  • Slow down the gas and let it make 3-4 more whistles. Off the gas and once cool , check if the chana is completely done. 
  • Side by side, crush garlic and chilies in a motar pestle.
  • In a deep pan , drizzle some oil , add curry leaves and sliced onions .
  • Fry until golden brown in colour , add chana , turmeric powder and red chilly powder and fry for a minute .
  • Add crushed garlic and green chillies and mix well , fry for a minute or so.
  • Now add 2 cups water ( you can add in which you boiled chana ) 
  • Side by side dilute gram flour in 1/4 cup water , mix well .
  • Bring to boil and add gram flour mixture in chana.
  • Now add potatoes , mix well and cook until gravy thickens.
  • Slow down the gas and add tamarind pulp. Adjust the salt, seasonings and add cumin powder too. (add tamarind pulp if required as per your taste)
  • Transfer in a serving bowl, garnish with some coriander leaves and fried brown onions, serve hot.


NOTES: 
  • You can increase or decrease the no of garlic and green chillies as per your taste.
  • Adjust the tamarind pulp as per your taste .
  • If you want to add more green chilies and do not want to add red chilly powder then do not add it.
PREPARATION TIME : 30 Minutes.
SERVES : 2-3 Persons.

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