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Creamy Maharashtrian Chole

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Chole is a classic Indian dish. However, not many people know that chole is made differently across different parts of India. For example there’s Gujurati style chole, which is served in a traditional ‘thali,’ South Indian Chole, which uses curry leaves, and Maharashtrian Chole, which is served in parts of Mumbai. Traditionally, Chole is made with Ghee (India clarified butter) and oil/butter, but that’s not very healthy or necessary to obtain an authentic taste. Plus the addition of reduced-fat sour cream adds a rich creamy taste without the excessive amount of fat!
We usually make 2 types of Chole at home- a creamy version and a more sauteed version. This is the Creamy Chole recipe, which I prefer, because it tastes so heavenly and you feel like you’re eating something that took hours to cook, but its so easy, you can make it every week!
  • 1 can chick peas (I use Goya)
  • 1 medium sized onion- diced
  • 1 beefsteak tomato- diced
  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 3 cloves garlic– crushed and minced
  • 1/2-1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (I used reduced-fat Breakstones Brand or use Vegan Substitute)
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp chili powder (or to taste)
  • couple tbsp water
  • salt- to taste
  • coarse black pepper- few grinds
  • half bunch cilantro– minced
  • 1 red onion- cut into thick rounds (for garnishing)
  • 3-4 sweet peppers- for garnishing (optional)
  • PAM- original
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Tools: Medium/Large non-stick skillet, spatula

1. In the skillet over medium-high heat spray with PAM and pour oil. Add mustard seeds, and cook until they are fragrant and “pop” about 30 seconds to a minute. Add onions, garlic and ginger and saute for about 2-3 minutes until slightly brown/golden. Add the diced tomatoes and saute for a few more minutes. Add garam masala, turmeric, chili powder. Once the onions are caramelized and the tomatoes soft, add the chickpeas and combine with the onion-tomatoe mixture until well coated.

2. After about 2-3 minutes add the sour cream and cook until everything is well combined. Add salt and pepper, taste. Cook until chickpeas are soft and flavored well. Make sure to taste a few times for salt and masala. If it’s too thick, add a few tbsp of water (consistency should be creamy, gravy-like, not too thick).

3. Once the gravy has thickened, chickpeas are cooked well and you’ve tasted for salt/masala, remove from heat and mix in 3/4 of the reserved chopped cilantro. Clean the pan and set back on medium-high heat. Spray with PAM and the thick red onion slices and small sweet peppers. Saute on medium-high heat until onions are charred and soft (without breaking circular shape). Place chole in a nice serving dish and top with remaining cilantro, onions and peppers. Serve with Basmati rice, chapati or naan.

Serves 4-6

Nutrition:

The 2 ingredients in this Chole that contribute the fat/calories to this dish are: 1 tbsp oil (14 grams of fat/140 calories)

1/4 sour cream (3.5 grams of fat per 1 tbsp/40 calories)

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Avocado and Tomato Salad Recipe

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I found some beautiful tomatoes at the store recently and decided to make a very simple salad featuring the tomatoes and fresh avocado. I seasoned them simply with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, along with a drizzle of olive oil and red wine vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. It was simple and so delicious – we all loved this salad. I served this dish with the Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Butter for a delicious and flavorful meal.

Avocado and Tomato Salad:
Recipe and photo by For the Love of Cooking.net
  • Red tomato, sliced
  • Orange tomato, sliced
  • Yellow tomato, sliced
  • 1-2 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Drizzle of olive oil, to taste
  • Drizzle of red wine vinegar, to taste
  • Sprinkle of fresh cilantro, chopped

Place the sliced tomatoes on a serving plate along with the sliced avocado. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar then sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Salad

 

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Hearty Beef Stock Recipe

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The beef bones and tomato paste are oven roasted before beginning this rich hearty beef stock, that includes onions, leeks, carrots, celery, tomatoes, parsley and freash thyme. A delicious stock that makes the perfect foundation for soups, sauces and other recipes.

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Beef, Sauces

 

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