Tender, Whole, Fresh Green Garbanzo and Fresh Paneer In A Delicious Onion Based Curry ….
In North India, vegetable markets are flooded with Big bunches of fresh garbanzo beans during Winter and they are one of the Popular seasonal treat…
My Mom would buy big bunches of fresh garbanzo beans and we kids would sit and peel then out of their pods and then mom would make curry as well as chaat with these fresh beans ..
On Choti Holi (the eve of Holi – the festival of color in India), we have a tradition to roast the bunches containing pods in the bonfire to get roasted cholia. It is believed that eating roasted choliya brings good luck in the family..
These green garbanzo beans are extremely low in fat and completely a protein food. This recipe will not take more then 20- 30 minutes and is enjoyed by almost everyone..
Hare Chana Paneer Curry | Fresh Green Garbanzo-Paneer Gravy
1 cup green chick peas shelled and washed
1/2 cup fresh Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese
1 tbsp cooking Oil
1 tspCumin seeds (Jeera)
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder(Haldi)
2 tsp Red chili Powder Or as per taste
1 tsp Corrainder Powder(Dhaniya Powder)
1 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Asafetida / Hing
Salt as per taste
2 cups water OR as needed
To grind into paste
1 medium Tomato
1 large Onions,roughly chopped
4-5 Garlic pods
1.Add oil in pressure cooker or a big enough pan with a lid .
2. Once the oil is hot enough add cumin seeds..
3.Now add the ground paste all the spices ( except salt and Garam Masala ) and Sauté on medium flame for 3-4 minutes or until oil gets separated from the mixture.
4. Add green chickpeas ,2 cups of water and salt as per taste .
5. Close the pressure cooker and wait till the first 10 mins .
6. Once the pressure is released add the paneer cubes. Simmer another 5 to 10 minutes on low heat so that paneer could absorb the sauce. Add more water if needed .
7. Add Garam masala and mix well
Serve hot with Rice,Paratha or Roti. My family loves to eat this cutry with hot Chapatis/ rotis and salad & raita on the side ..
If using a pan and a lid then Cover the pan with lid and cook till water is reduced to half and Fresh chickpeas are tender. Switch off the flame.
Click on the picture below for another version of Hara Chholiya curry by Sonal ..