How to make Kadai Hara Cholia -

A spicy green chana curry served hot garnished with paneer cubes

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Fresh hara Channa, Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Kadai Hara Cholia

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History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kadai Hara Cholia Recipe

  • Fresh hara Channa 3 cups

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) 1/2 inch cubes 300 grams

  • Oil 5 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onions finely chopped 2 large

  • Garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

  • Coriander powder 1/2 tablespoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Green chillies slit 2-3

  • Tomatoes quartered 2 medium

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1/2 cup

  • FOR CHANNA MASALA

  • Pomegranate seeds (anardana) 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Kachri powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Whole dry red chillies 2

Method

Step 1

Cook hara cholia in three cups of water with salt for twenty to twenty five minutes or pressure cook for five minutes. Drain and reserve cooking liquour. Coarsely powder all the ingredients of chana masala. Heat three tablespoons of oil in an iron kadai and add cumin seeds. When they change colour, add onions and sauté till pink. Add ginger paste, garlic paste, powdered chana masala, coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and half the cumin powder.

Step 2

Add boiled hara cholia with the reserved cooking liquour and one cup of water. Add salt, garam masala powder and let it cook for five to six minutes. In another pan, heat the remaining oil, add slit green chillies, remaining cumin powder and tomatoes.

Step 3

Cook for a minute and add to the hara cholia mixture in the kadai. Stir and allow cook on low heat till almost dry. Add paneer cubes, stir gently and continue to cook for another two minutes. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.