May 19, 2010

Chana masala with homemade Chana masala powder, Yogurt-Semolina Batura, Aloo-Matar Chana Masala Bhaji

Hey, hope you are all doing well. Nothing much to write this week except that it's raining Cats and Dogs here for the past 2 days which we needed desperately after months of relentless heat. Lawn is green and temperature has gone down too, it's all good here. Finally enjoying Spring as it should be with relatively less Pollen in the air!
I even deep fried for the first time in almost 6 months! I successfully avoided deep frying the whole Winter, most part of Spring and decided it's about time I deep fried something. Usually I tend to deep fry more in Winter than any other season, specially Vadas and Pakodas, didn't do it last Winter! :D


Well..
here is another round of Chana masala and Butura at my kitchen again! Probably blogging this combo for the 5th time in my blog with some variations every time! This time I adapted the Chana masala recipe with homemade Chana masala powder with some changes of my own to suit our taste from a book called "Vegetarian Nirvana" by Santosh Jain. It's a great book with very simple traditional recipes. I enjoyed the taste of this Chana masala with freshly ground masala which makes it really delicious. Also making the Batura dough from this book is little different from what I usually do, comes out very well, give it a try. We loved the combo. Since my kids like Potato dishes, I added the same Chana masala powder to make Aloo-Matar Bhaji as well.

Chana masala with homemade Chana masala powder:

I used canned Organic Chickpeas but you can soak and cook the dry Chickpeas in a pressure cooker. Gravy for this Chana masala is little thinner than the usual Chana masala I make but you can add 1 tsp Cornstarch to make it thicker or you can mash some of the chickpeas to give a thicker texture. Another thing I do when gravy is thinner is to add 1 tbsp of unflavored dry Potato flakes from the box we get to make mashed Potatoes, as it cooks gravy gets thicker. Another tip is once you make the dish on the stove top, transfer it to the Microwavable dish, heat it at 100% for 5-6mins until the the gravy is thicker.

You need:
2 Cans of (8oz each) Organic Chickpeas/Garbanzo/White Chana, drained and rinsed. If you use dry Chickpeas, soak overnight, drain the water and cook with enough fresh water until soft. Set aside.
2 Bay leaves.
1 onion, grated or ground,
Grate or grind 2" fresh ginger to paste.
2 Green Chilles, slit into two.
1 tsp sweet Paprika for color.
1/2 cup Tomato sauce.(My addition for the reddish color, book says to use Tamarind paste)
1-2 tbsp homemade Chana masala powder.
Chopped Cilantro for garnish.
To make Chana Masala:
1. Heat 1tbsp butter and 2 tsp oil. Add Bay leaves, green chillies, saute. Add in grated or ground onion, stir fry for 2-3 mins until soft but not brown.
2. Then add ground Ginger, stir for 2 minutes, add tomato sauce and Paprika. Cook until raw smell of Tomato goes away and thickens to leave the sides of the pan.
3. Add cooked Chana with 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp or more homemade Chana masala powder, salt, simmer until oil shows up on top or you can do this faster in the Microwave.
4. When sauce thickens fairly, garnish with Cilantro. Tastes better if you keep this for a day or so in the fridge.


Homemade Chana Masala Powder:

I made freshly ground Chana masala for the first time to make Chana masala, usually I use MDH Chana Masala which is not bad at all but nothing beats the aroma and fresh flavor of homemade spices. I loved it, made double the amount and stored in a jar in the fridge for next time. I add Paprika for bright red color.

Chana Masala Powder:
Roast all these well without oil, cool, add Paprika, Ginger powder and then powder everything in a coffee grinder.
(Use only as much as powder you need, store the rest in airtight glass jar in the fridge. Double or triple the amount if you want)

3 tbsp Coriander seeds,
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Cumin seeds,
1 tsp Peppercorns,
2-3 dry Red chillies,
10 Cloves,
2" Cinnamon stick,(Dalchini)
1/2 tsp Cardamom seeds,
a small piece of Mace.
Mix the above powder with 2 tsp store bought dry Ginger powder and store in a airtight jar.


Chana masala with spicy gravy:

Another look. Most Indian side dishes with gravy always taste better the next day. I make the side dishes with gravy day before and keep it in the fridge. Beans get a chance to soak in spicy gravy and helps it to get really tasty the next day.

Yogurt-Semolina Batura:
This is a slightly different recipe than the usual Batura I have made before. You add fine Semolina to hot water and soak it for an hour and then add to plain flour and Yeast mixture to knead. If you don't like Yeast, just skip it, but texture is better with Yeast. This is the first time I added Yeast to Batura dough, liked it. Yeast gives it nice texture when fried but can skip it I guess. Don't fry the Baturas until it's reddish, keep the whitish color, take them out before they start to brown.

You need:
1/2 cup fine Semolina+1/4 cup water+1/4 tsp salt.
1 tsp Yeast+1/4 tsp sugar+ 2 tbsp warm water.
1 1/2 cup Plain flour,
1/4 cup Yogurt,
1 tsp salt.

Water as needed to make the dough.

To make Baturas:
(make the batura dough not more than 3 hrs before you need to make Baturas)
1. Mix fine Semolina, warm water and salt, keep aside for 1 hour. After an hour, soak Yeast in warm water and sugar, let it froth.
2. Mix Plain flour, salt, then add in Yogurt and add Semolina mixture, mix well. Add Yeast mixture, mix and knead everything very well adding extra water only if necessary to make a semi-soft but not sticky dough or very firm dough.
3. Divide into slightly bigger than a golf ball size portions, brush some oil on them, cover and set aside for 2 hours.
4. Heat oil to 380F. Roll out the Batura bit thicker than Pooris about 1/8" thickness and deep fry until cooked. Don't let it brown on top, keep the Baturas light colored. Drain on a paper towel and serve hot with Chana masala or Aloo-Matar Bhaji and onion relish.

Onion relish:
Slice 1-2 onion thinly, soak them in icy water for 1/2 an hour. Drain and squeeze the water out. Add 1/8 tsp of salt, Juice of Lemon juice, paprika for color, mix well and serve on the side with Chana and Batura.

Spicy Potato-Greenpeas Bhaji:
As I said earlier my kids love Potatoes, so I experimented with freshly made Chana masala powder in Potatoes and frozen Greenpeas. Frozen Peas tends to get mashed up when cooked. I think I will use dry, soaked and cooked Peas next time. Tasted great with Baturas, hope you try.

To make Aloo-Matar Bhaji:
Microwave or cook 3-4 medium sized Red Potatoes until almost cooked, peel and cube. Set Aside. Take 1 cup of frozen Greenpeas, keep it ready.

1. Heat 2 tsp Butter/ghee and 2 tsp Oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp Mustard seeds, 1 tsp Cumin seeds.
2. When they splutter, add 1/2 cup cubed onion, saute until soft. Then add 1 tbsp grated or ground Ginger, saute for a minute. Turn down the heat. Add 1 tbsp water, 1/4tsp Turmeric, 1/4 tsp Cayenne powder. Stir.
3. Add 1 tsp Cumin seeds powder, 2 tsp Coriander seeds powder, 2 tsp or more Chana masala powder to taste, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 cup of water.
4. Add Potato cubes, Greenpeas, 1 tbsp Sour Cream or 1/4 tsp Tamarind paste, mix well and simmer.
5. Adjust the salt, masala powder etc and add 3 tbsp finely chopped Cilantro. Serve.

Movies:
I didn't watch any new movies. Since daughter is home, she has been borrowing lot of old Western Gun slinging movies from the library. We watched "3:10 to Yuma"(good one to watch once, Russel Crowe is great in this movie), "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", "for a few Dollars more" and "Blazing Saddles" and few more movies of John Wayne and Van Cleef. Daughter has gone crazy over Spaghetti Western movies this Summer holidays! :D
I love "Blazing saddles" , a classic movie (1974) by Mel Brooks, it's so hilarious! It never gets too old to watch it again and again. The main character and the situation there reminds me of President Obama!! A new African American Sheriff arrives in a small western town which shocks the heck out of white population who were expecting a White Sheriff as usual! Can you even imagine the chaos? Watch how the new sheriff handles it all efficiently with humor to endear himself to the town people and I promise, you will die laughing!!
Of course, Clint Eastwood is as handsome as ever in all his old movies and new, loved his "Gran Torino" too. He reminds me of our own Dev Anand of Bollywood, young forever! :)

Book:
"Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes" by Maya Angelou. Interesting book to read with heart warming stories with great southern recipes. I haven't tried the recipes yet but I am familiar with very southern dishes like "Smothered Chicken", "Chicken and dumplings" etc.
I specially LOVE her angelic voice reading her own books on CD books and her books like "The complete collection of Poems", "I know why the caged bird sings".

That's about it for this week, enjoy! :)

111 comments:

Happy Cook said...

Looks like some one is deepfrying now that the daughter is back home :-)
One of our favourite legume is channa, but hav eto admit i use packet bought masalas ......
Never had batura with semolina, soaking them for a hour too. Looks so puffed up and yumm.

Aps said...

Luk at those baturas...so white nd pure... nd powder at home???? thats gr8.... actually m salivating now as m very hungry.....:D
And it ha been just a week tht i deep fried buns.... so lemme keep this for June :P
will surely try nd let u know :)

Sonia said...

Oh my! nice post Asha. Oh! you stayed away from deep frying for 6 months!! Great! :)
I too make my chhole masala powder at home only (inspired from A Mad Tea Party - Anita). I agree that nothing can beat homemade spices. Those bhutura are so cute! Love all the recipes. Everything is nicely presented enough to make me tempt. ;)

indosungod said...

I never tire of Channa but sometimes do of Channa masala but you are right the red color does make it appealing and those baturas look so very delicious.

I will look for blazing saddles and yes Clint was darn good in Gran Torino.

Soma Pradhan said...

Cant believe u made the chana masala at home..This looks scrumptiouss

Nandini said...

It's raining cats and dogs there, I wish it would rain elephants here right now with huge chunks of ice. LOL! And hot & spicy home-made powders are the best for a rainy day and lovely color too! Batura makes me sing for no reason (Wow! what a pure white color!) and bhaji makes me jump for its spiciness! Yum! Yum! I love the color contrast too!

Yasmeen said...

Fresh home made chana masala must be so aromatic.Those puris look very inviting,I don't remember the last time I made them,although I do deep fry hubby's favorite vadas once in a while :D

rekhas kitchen said...

OMG very tempting post Asha yes home made masala powders give a special aroma to the recipe nice color nothing can beat that.Batura looks so yummm very inviting post........

Pavithra said...

Awesome combo, I can have this anytime of the day... yummy and too tempting..

A&N said...

Your bhatura look like puffs of cloud. Beautiful. :)

Its been so long since I came here. Looks like everything is the same. Hope you're doing well, Asha!

Vrinda said...

Best combo ever..Lov semolina version,will try for sure...Thanx for the channa masala powder recipe,bookmarked...

Sandhya said...

That looks delicious and sinful :-)
I am going to try this bhatura...very different!

Sushma Mallya said...

very nice one asha..doing home made chana masala is something new and even recipe of batura is something different...all the 3 dishes looks good and surely must have tasted yum

Rachana Kothari said...

I love those bhaturas...so cute :)

The bhaji looks really delicious... I love this chana bhatura combo :)

Home-made chana masala...wow!!!!! nothing can beat homemade spices.

sra said...

It was raining cats and dogs here too, all of a sudden, for a change. It stopped just an hour ago - we had such cool breeze.

I rarely deep-fry, maybe two or three times a year when I feel like a papad! :)

notyet100 said...

thnks 4 the chana masala recipe,,chola bhatura looks yummylicous and so does aloo bhaji,,

Bhawna said...

Good Morning Ashaji,
Ur words were really motivating, No deepfrying for 6 months but be4 I reschedule my deepfrying activities, boom chana bhatura recipe made me to rethink deepfrying one more time. Thank u nice click as usual.

Anonymous said...

The baturas look all puffed up and nice.The channa masala has a good colour.

Shalini

Pari said...

The fresh masala surely adds more flavour, seems u are having a good time with daughter. Keep enjoying and frying more.

Usha said...

Fantastic combination and I am sure chana masala with homemade masala will taste even more delicious! Need to try it and I agree with you finally it feels a little more like spring for us too, I was beginning to think we were heading from a summer like spring straight into summer :-)

Madhuri said...

both of them looks delicious Asha. All time fav

Priti said...

Yummy platter...suji pori is new to me..looks delicious ..away for frying for so long...hurray...that's gr8

AshKuku said...

WOW!!! Delightfully delectable!!!! I simply fell in love with those white baturas..... Loved the tale with the twist..... Would love to try..... Very uniquely prepared to perfection....... Kudos!!!!

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

sharada said...

the moment i read your post i start feeling hungry ....you make everything look so interesting with those pics.
i can smell the channa masala - so aromatic!!!

Nehal said...

Looks yummy!!!. I love Chana masala and Bhatura.

DEESHA said...

homemade chana masala powder, brilliant

Shyam said...

Hi Asha, I watched "3.10 to Yuma" too, and although I thought it was too violent, I quite liked it... but I was really disappointed when Christian Bale died. Bah. :)

Havent seen Blazing Saddles, so that's one to watch. yay! :)

I'll look out for Maya Angelou's book, too. I LOVE her writing!

And last but not the least... making masala at home is a brilliant idea - I just have to get off my lazy butt to do it! :)

Gulmohar said...

Channa is a family fav, but I end up using the store bought masala :-) bookmarking this, will try your masala and let you know :-) baturas look perfect ,loved their white color

Mayuri said...

wow away from deep frying for 6 months, now thats a good resolution!!
I am always interested in home made masalas, will surely try the masala.
the white snowy bhaturas look awesome.

Priya said...

Homemade channa masala powder, watelse we need..Batura looks super catchy and awesome..Spicy bhaji makes me hungry..

Gita Jaishankar said...

It has been cold for us also...surprised too see so much change in the temperature..great dishes Asha...how much ever variations are there to chole batura, still its my favorite food :) I like the color of the puris...looks really good with the channa masala and bhaji :)

Meera said...

Great post, Asha. I have bookmarked it as always. It's not even funny how many posts of yours I have bookmarked so far. I think it's about time, I should actually start cooking! can't wait to make that homemade chana masala powder. I will see if veg nirvana is available at our local library. Thanks for sharing.

Arthi said...

Never tried to make channa masala at home. I usually use store bought one. But I've always wanna try to make channa masala powder. Thanks for sharing.

Bong Mom said...

Your masala powder looks gorgeous Asha. And thanks for those tips for thickening gravy.

I love bhatura but never tried making at home

Viki's Kitchen said...

Channa masal powder recipe seems very handy. Never tried or tasted the semolina batura. will definitely soon. That white color batura looks gorgeous along with the thin channa masala. The tips in the preparation is much useful (mashed potato flakes). Congrats! you stayed out of fried items the whole winter! I can never, I guess:) So you were watching the western movies? Love them very much.
Very nice post. Happy weekend and lovely spring season.

Srivalli said...

Ahaa..how tempting!..it is raining cats and dogs here too..it is just stopped now.., we enjoying the cool climate..enjoyed your post Asha..how many ever combos you post, its going to be fantastic..home made channa powder sounds great!

Anali said...

It's been raining here for the past couple of days too. I was driving last night and could barely see! Oh and the cookbook by Maya Angelou reminded me that I still have to write up my post. I saw her in person about 6 weeks ago. She is amazing!

Varsha Vipins said...

I love those fairy Batturas..so white n pretty..Chana is my fav bean and I make it atleast once a week..potato curry too..All in here today are my favs..:)

Seena said...

It is very hot in Dubai. We want a rain now.. :)
loved all the recipes you posted, very suitable for a rainy night's dinner..

ವನಿತಾ / Vanitha said...

Wow Ashakka..You are truely inspiring, with home made channa masala..defintely gonna try ONE (!!!???) day..
Enjoy with ur daughter..:)

Cham said...

Even in Bay it drizzled today! But we don't have hot weather here. Maintaining not to deep fry is challenging!
I never made chana masala powder, the color is vibrant! The batura recipe is new too :)

Saswati said...

wow asha bahturas with semolina...gr8 pics as usual:

Asha said...

Thanks to all of you, hope you try these recipes. Have a great evening, See you all tomorrow! :)

Swathi said...

Asha,
Chana masala , Yogurt semolina, and allo mater Bhaji looks really good. Awesome combo. I need to make some homemade chana masala powder

shankari said...

Amma made channa masala a couple of days. I resisted poornis and had them with roti instead. She grinds a few spices together to make the masala. I love the color of your channa masala

GayathriRaj said...

Hey wow....really those are nicely presented...i loved the baturas a lot and that chana curry was awesome....i think without the batura we can have it as it is...and powder at home is really a good thought...nice one...thanks for sharing...

Jagruti said...

wow..great Asha, home made masala..got to try it..whole meal looks delicious and tempting!

Nags said...

thats an innovative idea for bhatura! and i am glad for the rains out here too, the heat had been unbearable!

aquadaze said...

Chana masala is one thing that can be made in so many ways! Love your homemade masala, can't wait to make a batch soon!

Your bhaturas look so soft and fluffly!

BTW, I tried your punjabi egg masala, followed it to the letter and we loved it!

jayasree said...

Channa masala with home spice powder looks very vibrant. Will try to make some powder at home with your recipe.

Batura is interesting with yeast in it. And you have got perfect white with out a tinge of brown. Good job, Ashakka.

Purnima said...

Bhaturas r catchy! Yogurt, yeast... wow..must give them a try..the potato Bhaaji looks awsome..have bookmarked the bhature though! Tks n have a happy weekend..enjoy wt T.

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Managing 2 different blogs is not a small thing. Wonderful Asha...I will be back here for more of ur wonderful recipes :)

MeetaK said...

looks simply awesome asha! you know how much i love chickpeas so this is a great one to try!

Jaya said...

When you put a little more effort like making home-made masala powder,the recipe should be even more delicious,I too love the aroma of freshly prepared masala powders.Soji/semolina Bhatura is very new and lovely way of making bhatura.Great way to really spice up gloomy rainy days.
hugs and smiles

Aparna said...

That bhatura and the subzi, especially are a fave here.
Wouldn't mind some of that rain here. :)

I guess your blog problems got sorted out finally, as I can see its a [dot]org now. Congrats!

PJ said...

Asha,I think I should move into ur neighborhood.You seem to be preparing all my fav stuffs n I cant stop drooling.That batura is just calling out to me..Yummmmm...Channa masala looks soo vibrant got to try it out..

Sharmila said...

Chana is an all time fav. I have to have something deep fried at least once a month and usually settle for puris. Like the look of the bhaturas. :-)

Sayantani said...

thats another lovely spread Asha. I dont like store bought chana masala powder so never use them. would follow your recipe to make the powder at home. the chana masala looks tangy and tempting. but I love the potato curry the most....spicy and creamy, just the way I like it.

M D said...

I love coming back to your site Asha, you are fabulous! Such an awesome array of food and variety. I love the way you write, express, pen down recipes... it's simple, comforting and homely. Nice recipe for Channa masala powder. However, what I loved most is this Spicy Potato-Greenpeas Bhaji. Yum!

Asha said...

Thanks friends. I can't get enough of Chana Baturas either, give them to me anytime any day! :D

Have a wonderful weekend, thankfully weather is getting better now.

Rajee said...

My menu for tonight's dinner is chana masala and here you are with a wonderful post. I am hanging on there, letting spring takes it own time to move on :-) Btw, I love blazing saddle as well. Cant count the number of times I have watched it. Hilarious movie :-)

elra said...

Goodness me, I had to make this dish. I mean make everything here. My husband will love them for sure. Thank you Asha!!!

simply.food said...

Nothing beats home made spices to add to home cooking.Lovely dishes you have prepared.

My kitchen skills said...

Wow...lovely recipe Asha..looking yummy..

Chandrika Shubham said...

Nice to know that weather is pleasant. :)

Thanks for sharing such good recipes. I will for sure try semolina batura.

Best wishes. :)

starry said...

Lovely spread and I like the home made chana masala,sometimes nothing like home made it tastes more fresh.I am going to have to try the batura and also the potato dish.looks so yummy.

Mona said...

Its middle of the night & I am hungry now! ( after reading your blog!)

I must get some chickpeas first thing tomorrow & make the chana batura . Haven't had it since ages!

Asha said...

Thanks everyone, enjoy. See you all tomorrow first thing in the morning.

Hi Mona, good to see you here again. I am winding up for the day too. Have a great night there!
You are lucky, you just have to go to a restaurant to get all these girl, we have got to cook to eat these here unfortunately! :D

Sook said...

Oh wow, what a great post! I have never made these at home. I would love to give it a try someday.

Madhavi said...

Hummm yummy chana masala and thanks for sharing homemade chana masala recipe :))

Sugarcraft India said...

Hey Asha

Thanks so much for stopping by...Its really nice to see you around... lovely channa and bhatura...
Take care
Swati

Sig said...

Hey Asha, glad you are having fun with your daughter. Just dropped in to say hi, and those baturas made me drool.. I can never make such perfectly puffed anything at home, I won't even try :)
Enjoy spring... Hugs!

Jyothsna said...

I tried a new method of chana recently and it was yum, must blog it before I forget the recipe! Those baturas look really white and they are different!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,sounds great,that must be so delicious and flavorful with home made masala! And the bhaturas are super white! Looks so pleasing! Great post Asha!

Asha said...

Good morning to all of you, glad you are all enjoying the new flavors here.

Sig, good to see you, enjoy India! :)

jayasri said...

I have book marked.., I love trying out all the powders, I am going to try this too!!, and loved those Batura, so beautiful white as snow!!, very yummy.., The whole platter is making me drool...., beautiful clicks too....

Priya said...

Baturas look delicious Asha.

Apu said...

This looks delicious Asha! I have been planning to make chole-bhature for weeks now - but somehow never get round to it!!

Shivapriya said...

Hi Asha

Good to see you back . Thanks for the wishes.

Have a great weekend
Cheers
SP~

Asha said...

Thank you everyone, have a great weekend. See you all on Monday again! :))

Babli said...

Its really amazing that you have prepared chana masala at home. So its fully 100% home made recipe. Looks delicious and healthy to eat.

Fathima said...

whaat a feast! all yummy dishes... batura w/semolina sounds new to me...

Red Chillies said...

i have never ventured making the chana masala powder at home. I just switch between brands and most of the time not happy as one is spicy, other bland, another one too sour etc. I need to give this a try.
Enjoy the rains and the cool weather. It is getting very hot here now.

Asha said...

Thanks girls. RC, it's true! Never liked any of the store bought ones, always so different from one to another. Homemade is the best, try it! :))

Subhie Arun said...

this looks awesome.neva tried semolina batura...lov all d recipes...bookmarked...will try soon!

Rajani said...

wow talk of relaxed mealtimes with guilty pleasures like channa bhatura! super yum Asha!!

Shionge said...

The chick pea recipe looks easy...heheheh...tempted to try.

Hope you are well Asha :D

Gattina said...

I usually don't deep fry too often in summer, but after seeing your batura, you bet I can't resist
!
The spring in this year brings in quite a lot of rain too... can't complain as the summer is usually very dry.

Malar Gandhi said...

That is delicious presentation, just luv it.

Sayantani said...

Asha saturday I made chole with the spice powder recipe from your blog. Ionly added some amchoor powder. that was the best chhole we ever had. thanks a ton for this recipe.

Mallugirl said...

ur baturas look so light!! i love the alu matter subji too. i do use my own masalas not ur proportion though.

Leena said...

Nice spread with wonderful presentation!

Jaya Wagle said...

Just came from Happy Cook's blog about her home made curry paste to find you too have a home made chana masala pwdr. Looks good and nothing like freshly ground spices. Though I keep mine limited to ground jeera pwdr and dhana jeera. :)

The other day at a friend's house had a shortcut bhatura. They just deep fried the refrigerated rotis from Costco and the taste was very much like bhatura though a little bit on the thinner side. I myself don't deep fry much, in fact threw some rancid oil sitting on my shelf for the last year or so!

Uma said...

omg, look at those dishes! Toooo tempting as always. I can smell the aroma of that chana masala powder from the pic itself. A very very good post Asha.

Sush said...

Amma makes chiroti rawe poori. It tasted soo good. But sometimes, it used to turn crisp & become like papads :( Later, she started adding baking soda & now she makes perfect rawe pooris. Batura is a nice twist alwa? Loved it. I too make the channa masala powder at home almost the similar way :)

Sukanya said...

Yummy looking platter with the whitish bhaturas and potatoes-green peas curry and the chana masala with homemade masala powder looks divine.

homecooked said...

The dishes look awesome as usual. I am goign to try the chana masala powder. I too loved the Maya Angelou recipe book and tried the caramel cake. Turned out really good!

Rachel said...

Asha I love the firy colour of the channa perfect in contrast to the pale batura..

Divya Kudua said...

Channa-Bhatura is one of my favorite dishes when we dine-out in South Indian restaurants.The size of the bhatura is so big that I always end up wasting it.Ajay is not a big fan of it so can't even try it at home..:).I make Channa masala though,using Everest Channa Masala which gives almost near perfect results!!

Asha said...

Thank you everyone. Rawe rooti and refrigerated roti to make Batura sounds wonderful, must try.
Yes! Batura we get in the restaurant is HUGE, can't eat alone! I don't think I even have a pan to fry that big Batura but it looks so good and tasty though! :)

Sailaja said...

Great Post Asha. Mouth watering baura .I love these.. Pics are awesome feel like removing from the screen and eat it :)

sowmya's creative saga said...

you have tempted me enough with the bhaturas..its in my menu for the weekend now..

Dibs said...

Chana and batura look inviting.Delightful colours. Henceforth will make the masala at home.Thank you for the recipe.

Pravs said...

oh, what yummy food ! Love chana and batura. Home made masala powder must have given the chana masala that special flavors, right ? Aloo, matar chana.. nice combo for a bhaji.

style said...

its delicious nice post

Shobha said...

Both the sabjis and bhaturas are mouth watering ..looks so yummy.Asha I have an award for you as a token of appreciation.Please collect it from my blog.

Madhumathi said...

Your baturas are perfect! Chana masala is mouthwatering.my all time fav..should make it sometime soon!

PJ said...

Ashaji, I prepared channa masala powder with your recipe :). It was so aromatic. Now waiting to make Chole with it....Thanks for sharing this recipe....

PJ said...

And Ashaji, I have posted it on my blog too. Do take a look when you are free :)

Asha said...

Hi Pj, homemade masala is the best, don't you think? :)

I will be there soon. Not surfing blogs much these days but will be back very soon.

Shruti J said...

Lovely space you have! Will be a regular visitor now... Very happy to connect :)

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