CHOLE

Chole is a popular Indian vegetarian dish. I actually got this IMG_1690recipe from an Indian cooking class that I took in London years ago. Delicious and very healthy!

ingredients

2 cans chic peas, rinsed and drained

1, 6-ounce can tomato paste

1/4  t salt

1/8-1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes

1 T vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

½ cup chopped scallions

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 T minced, ginger

¼ t clove powder

1 t cinnamon

1 T chili powder

1 t sugar

¼ cup chopped cilantro

directions

Place the chic peas in a large saucepan. Add the tomato paste. Using the 6-ounce tomato paste can, add 3 cans of water to the chic peas and stir. Slowly heat this mixture over medium heat. Then add the crushed red pepper flakes and salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer. Once it’s simmering, add the ginger and the garlic.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onions. Cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes, gently browning the onions and stirring frequently.  Add the clove power, cinnamon and chili to onions and cook for an additional minute. Add the scallions to bean mixture. Then add the onion mixture to beans and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add the sugar and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove the beans from the heat and add the chopped cilantro.

You can make this a day or two in advance—it actually tastes better the next day! Serve with brown rice.

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