Ok this is one of my favorite, favorite legume. Also called as Garbanzo beans,chana, bengal gram or chole.This legume is just as versatile as its name. There are a 100 different ways to prepare this. This simple chick peas curry is my favorite and is usually had with rice, samosa or the very sinful Bhature( Deep fried Indian Bread).
Nutritionally Chickpeas can be classified as a 'Super Food', no wonder it is substituted by Vegans and Vegetarians as a source of Protein.
Chick peas is rich in Proteins and minerals like Zinc, magnesium and Iron.This Super food is also a great choice for Diabetics due to its low Glycemic index( Slowly rises the blood sugar levels and prevents Insulin spike). It is a source of good carbohydrates, coz' its packed with fiber.
Chick peas is not only consumed as a whole legume, but also in ground form as Chick pea flour or gram flour.The flour is used as a coating for fishes and as a base for the vegetable fitters and onion bhajiyas.
Here is a simple recipe for a curry called as Chole or Chana masala.
1 cup chick peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium roma tomato ground into a paste
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste
1 tbsp EVOO
Add oil, when the oil is nice and hot add the cumin seeds.add the onion and the GG paste. Mix well till the onion and translucent and browning on the edges.
Add the tomato paste,turmeric, Red chilli, Garam masala and corainder powder. when the paste starts showing the oil seperation our paste is good and cooked. add the chick peas and about 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Add salt and let it come to a boil. Simmer for 7-8 minutes and serve. I served it to my husband with Rice and myself had it with a big salad.