May 8, 2009

Chana Usli with Carrots & Zucchini..

Well, this dish was just born out of nowhere. All three of us love Uslis/Stir-fries with beans, legumes and I just when making the regular Chana Usli, I thought why not add in some carrots and zucchini to get the juicy factor in it and not let it be dry, since I was out of coconut. Tasted good I thought, and the addition of these veggies kept it moist and juicy. So here goes..


Black Chickpeas/Kala Chana - 1 cup, soaked overnite or in hot water for atleast 2 hrs.
Carrot, grated - 1 cup
Zucchini, grated - 1 cup

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Green Chillies, slit lengthwise - 2 or 3
Hing/Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves - 4-5
Juice of half lemon or more.
Salt - to taste
Cilantro, chopped - to garnish
- Pressure cook the chickpeas with salt and little water for 1 whistle or until cooked. Keep aside till pressure subsides from the cooker.
- Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds and once they crackle, add the cumin seeds, hing, green chillies, and curry leaves.
- Then add in the chana with very little water, let it cook it the water evaporates.
- Add in the grated zucchini and carrot, mix well, switch off the flame, and cover the pan and keep for about 5 mins.
- Pour in the lemon juice and garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot as a side with rice and curry or just as an evening snack.

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Superchef said...

thats one yummy combo for an usli!!

Cham said...

Looks almost like salad!

srikars kitchen said...

Nice & healthy dish.. looks really yummy..

A_and_N said...

So simple, healthy and easy!

Prathibha said...

Lovely and colourful...

Suparna said...

Hi Maya,
tha's an unusual combo, looks damn healthy and colourful.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Its a combo of all healthy food... Looks comforting and colorful.... Very nutritious too...

Malar Gandhi said...

Love this so much, sounds very healthy too.

vidhas said...

Lovely combo, healthy too.

Cynthia said...

Love the colours in this dish. Next time I travel, I'll keep and eye out for the black channa.