Thursday, July 22, 2010

Slow Cooker Chole

Do you own a slow cooker/croak pot? If you live in US you need to buy one of these. They are so convenient and you can cook delicious dishes. I make most of my dhals, kootu using the slow cooker. The other day I made chole and I thought I will blog about it. I started the whole process at around 2.00 in the afternoon and we had awesome chole for dinner at around 7.00 that night. It is just the method that I am giving here. Customize the recipe to your taste.

- 2 cups of dry channa/ Garbanzo beans/ chick peas
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 tomatoes chopped
- 1 tbsp chole masala
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 2 green chili
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- salt to taste

1. Add the chick peas in the slow cooker and add water so the beans are all immersed. So it would be roughly 4 cups of water. Add salt. Set the slow cooker at high.
2. Cook for at least 3 hours. The chick peas should be soft by now.
3. Meanwhile in a separate pan add oil and cumin seeds. Once they splutter add the chopped onion and cook it turns slightly brown. Now add the tomatoes and cook till it becomes slightly mushy.
4. Add the chole masala, garam masala, turmeric and salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Let it cool.
5. Now grind this with some of the cooked chick peas. Add this mixture to the slow cooker and let it cook for another 30-45 min. Make sure that there is enough water in the slow cooker.
6. After about 45 minutes reduce it to a low setting and let it cook slowly until you are ready to serve dinner.

You now have a hot and delicious chole. You can do this for all kinds of legumes. The only thing is to adjust your timing. Server this easy chole with roti or rice

This easy chole is going to the wonderful event My Legume Love Affair hosted by Siri and started by Susan



chole looks so tasty.. the idea of using slow cooker is new to me...i have always used pressure cooker for cooking but i slowly understand recently that slow cooking is a new trend to fight against the fast food culture that is destroying the health of individuals...u have a nice space and a lovely collection of recipes.

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