Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lunch Box Series : LBS#41

The clock struck 6.30 pm and I hurried away home, as I had to reach on time. I rushed away heedless of the rain drizzling or the hurried vehicles zooming by. I hastily looked at the showroom that had dazzling sarees on display. It was a pass time once, to look at the sarees on display and wonder who would really want to tie such sarees. Whenever I see that showroom, I get reminded of reading about Madame Curie. In one of the dinner parties she attended, she saw ladies all decked up with diamonds and jewelries. Her husband thought she was also taken in by those ornaments. But she replied that with that amount of money, she could set up so many labs! Well I don't' really want to set up a lab right now, just a comparison!

Well lunch for today was a different affair. For a change we made a simple channa curry or channa kurma. It was delicious to have with chapatis, hubby dear enjoyed it, from the regular rice spread! This is the south indian way of making channa. Its called Senagala kurma in telugu.

Today's Lunch Box had

Channa Kurma
Rasam Rice
Curd Rice

Ingredients Needed

Channa - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 2 medium
Ginger - 1"
Coconut paste - 1 tbsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method to prepare:

Soak Channa overnight. Pressure cook in water till tender.

Heat a pan with oil, saute grated ginger. Then add finely chopped onions. Once they turn brown, add chopped tomatoes. Simmer for 10 mins for the tomatoes to soften.

Then add all the spice powders, cooked channa, salt and combine well. Simmer for 5 mins, till the oil comes out. Then add the coconut paste and saute.

Add required water, bring to boil. When it thickens to desired thickness, add chopped coriander leaves.

Goes well with chappatis, but with rice too!

I hope Sra wouldn't mind another Chickpea from me..So sending this to her, who is hosting the Fourth Helping of Susan's My Legume Love Affair.

I had send in Channa 65 too!

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Vidhya said...

I send roti with channa +some rice to my husband. He likes it. looks really neat

Shillu said...

Looks yummy! as always!

alka said...

I simply loved the spread..filling ,healthy,yummy and balanced diet
Well haven't yet had my breakfast ,so obviously feeling hunger pangs looking at the lunchbox:-)

Priya said...

I feel hunger looking at the lunch box..yum yum they looks really yummy...

Sia said...

how u manage to cook all these valli. u r simply amazing!!!
and with taht kind of money i too would invest it in my lab, and that is my kitchen lab ;)

Nidhi said...

This used be one of my fav lunch items. I remember always feeling hungry much before time, whenever mom had packed this for lunch :)

Channas looking really delicious.

Happy cook said...

Well with such a spread no wonderyou hubby enjoyed.
Oh and the sarees, aren't they beautiful there, but then i too think who wants to wear them and so expensive and how many time can wear them. Once or twice.

Arundhuti said...

hi...pls collect ur award from my blog...:-)

Simran said...

This is such a lovely spread. Can I ask a silly question - how do you make curd rice. I can never get the perfect taste :(

Mandira said...

if only I can have some of that chana and rice... delicious lunch box!

meeso said...

I wish I could have a lunch like that everyday, YUM!

Jaya said...

Chana ,Paratha looks so mouth-watering to me.
wish you happy Diwali.
hugs and smiles

Zee said...

Those are yummy looking Channas..wish I could have some right out of the lunch box:)

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody for your lovely comments

mindhaven said...

hi dear, i tried this and it was superb! we had some leftover idiyappam from deepavali, and this curry was a bomb with my husband..i modified it a little, by grinding half of the channa in the gave the curry a thicker consistency..nevertheless, still yummy..thanks a lot!

Madhuram said...

Hi Valli, hope you are doing good. The kids are fine. I landed in this page searching for a channa kurma recipe. I wanted something different from the usual one I make. I have never tried adding coconut paste. I will try this one today. I think we will have to add the channa with the spice powders right?

Srivalli said...

Madhu Good to hear from you! Thanks for pointing it out..:) updated now..hope you like it.

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