Monday, May 23, 2011

chana masala UP wala : chane ki ghugni UP style ...

Chana masala generates instant interest for the both of us. And we don't like any tempering with the original recipe of this kale chane ki ghughni.

chane ki ghugni UP style

Original recipe here means the recipe which has been a family favorite for years and has traveled down generations to reach us. The sookha chana masala or sookhi ghugni made on the 8th day of navaratri is the more common in my kitchen when in a hurry. This one is called lipte masale ki ghugni, the spicy gravy almost enveloping each of the chickpea in there.

This is an eastern UP recipe as I have seen it being made almost the same way in many families belonging to that part of the country, minor variations being in the thickness of the gravy or hotness of the spice blend.

Both the chana ghugnis are very different in taste and you can feel the difference as soon as you open the lid of the pressure cooker and the aroma hits you. The presence of onion and garlic and the ginger julienne takes this recipe to another level. I like both the recipes and it actually depends on what I am serving it with when i decide which one to cook. Sookhi ghugni goes well with pooris while this one can accommodate chapatis, parathas or plain boiled rice.

This recipe takes a bit more time as peeling and chopping onion, garlic and ginger takes some 8-10 minutes more than the no chopping, 15 minutes cooking time recipe of the sookhi ghugni. The extra time and work is well worth if you are feeling like a spicy chana masala with paratha, chapati or even with plain boiled rice. A cooling bowl of raita may make you feel royal at such times ...

Make this lipte masale ki ghugni if you have 10 minutes for hand processing and about 15-20 minutes of cooking time.

black chickpeas soaked overnight 3 cups (soaked volume)
dry red chillies 2 nos.
one green chilly slit lengthwise (or more if you like it hot)
sliced onions 1.5 cups
garlic cloves sliced lengthwise 3-4 (small Indian variety, we prefer adding the whole bulb of garlic sometimes)) 
fresh ginger root chopped in fine julienne 1+1 tbsp
every day curry masala 1 tbsp
(a powder made with coriander,cumin,black pepper and bay leaves
turmeric powder 2 tsp
mustard oil 1 tbsp
whole cumin seeds 1 tsp
amchoor powder 1-2 tsp*

chane ki ghugni UP style

This is cooked in pressure cooker for convenience and time saving. Pan cooking takes long time and only thick base round bottom pans with tight lid are suitable for this kind of recipes. Add about 3 times water than the chickpeas if cooking in a pan and cook covered for about an hour after the initial stir frying.

Heat the oil in a pressure cooker pan and throw in the cumin seeds and whole dry red chillies. Wait till they crackle and add in the garlic, 1 tbsp of ginger julienne and onions in that order .

Toss the pan a few times to coat the onions and let them get pink on margins. No browning is required as the onions are meant to get mushy slushy and coat the chickpeas when cooked. Add salt to the cooking onions to quicken the process.

Add the powdered spices and toss a few times  till the roasted aroma of the powdered spices hits your nostrils. Add the slit green chilly.

Add the soaked and drained chickpeas, pour a cup of water, cover the lid and cook over high heat till the whistle blows. Lower the heat and cook for 12-15 minutes more.

Let the pressure release while the cooker cools down. Add amchoor powder and mix well. The amount of amchoor powder will depend upon how much chilies you are using. I used my homemade amchoor powder, you may need some more or less if using the store bought ones.The sourness balance the heat of the red and green chilies being used.

chane ki ghugni UP style

Add the remaining ginger julienne in the last. This is the way I like it. The taste of some of the ginger slivers is so good in the spicy slush which coats the chana. You might like to add some more of ginger in winter months as it feels almost warming in those days.

The whole red chilies should be discarded before serving. Some people even like those red chilies wrapped into a large piece of paratha. Do not worry about the heat hitting your tongue if you try this as most of the heat of these chilies has gone to the chana masala .... It is definitely a hot dish .

Ideal for a weekend brunch, served with plain whole wheat paratha or rice ans some salad on the side. This is a respite from the usual light meals we have during most of the summer days. The much needed shock for the palate during the days of sherbets, thandais and mangoes....

Did I tell you that I don't need any paratha to enjoy this ghugni and that I can have it any time of the day? It is a meal in itself...


  1. oooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh one of my favourites ..
    very healthy toooo ..
    and hey how do u make the rajma or the white channa's :)


  2. very colorful and tempt g dear...awesome pics..

  3. I Love North Indian type foods..Ur Channa curry's tempting!!! Gald to follow u.Check my space if time permits....

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  5. Thanks Everybody for the sweet comments.

    @ Bikram...the chhole rajma recipe are labled as Chhol/rajma/chane and you can find them in my archives. There is one chhole recipe with chicken too and i know you would love that.

  6. oops Bikram is rajma/chhole/chane ..find that out.

  7. I have had my lunch but this is making me hungry again :)

  8. Sangeeta, tempted to book our tickets to your place! :-)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  9. My all time favourite preparation of kala chana, reminds me that its been a while since I made these :). Is weekend pakka, I like these with lightly toasted bread too... Or with a topping of curd and some chat masala on top :). I know - I know, someone out here is not fond of chat masala ;-) Btw, I boil the channa first and then make the ghughni... Do you think making this way will add to the taste...?

  10. @ Anonymous ..with lightly toasted bread it would be okay but no chaat masala for me. I like curds with it when i have it with rice .

    When you make the ghugni after boiling the chana it is very much different from this , try this once and you would know.

  11. Hi Sangeeta, very yummy nd qiuck recipe...
    how are you..hope u remember me..


  12. welcome to my blogs Ashwini.
    Off course i remember you , what kind of a question is this :)

  13. Like the Channa gughani..we make Makki ki gughani with corn kernels. Would love to try this out.

  14. @ Sanjeeta KK ..yes , we like the corn kernels too but made in a different spice mix. Have posted a few of them earlier.

  15. i love this dish sangeeta! with pooris infact. and i make black chana in a similar recipe with a little extra cumin.

  16. Sangeeta I too can have this ghugni anytime of the day -the pics are drool-worthy.
    but this Banarsi thing turns out to be differently flavoured than another favourite -Amritsari chole.Guess its because of Ghee and anardaana .

  17. @ Rajani ..even we like it wit either poori or plain parathas ...extra cumin is great anytime.

    @ Varsha ...yes this banarasi ghugni is way different from the punjabi chhole. I have posted the authentic punjabi chhole too check out if you want to make them....and i don't use ghee or anardaana in that as i don't like the grainy texture of anardana in my chhole.

  18. Hi Sangeeta, I tried ur chana masala the other day, it came out very well, we loved the flavor. Ur jeera-aloo looks great too, will give that a try also.

  19. Thanks for the nice feedback Supriya ..this is what brings me back to my blogs .
    Try the jeera aloo and let me know how did you like it.

  20. Tried this recipe yesterday for dinner and it was wow. have sent it in my kids tiffin box. Hope he likes it too .

  21. Yummy. I am making this recipe tomorrow :).