Garbanzo beans are extensively used in Indian cuisine. They are very delicious legumes and come in a variety of colour. These beans are popular in the Middle East and in many countries in Asia. The garbanzo beans are very versatile, buttery to taste and they lend and blend well with different spices to enhance the flavours of the dish.
They give a nutty taste and are used in various dishes across the country. Garbanzo beans are the main ingredient in making of Hummus, Falafel and many Middle Eastern dishes. Garbanzo beans or chickpeas are usually used to prepare a wide range of vegetarian foods in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the UK as they are a major source of protein in a vegetarian culture.
One such widely popular dish especially prepare in north Indian cuisine is Channa masala. Aloo Chole is another dish that is commonly available in most food stalls in major cities like Punjab, Delhi, Karachi and Lahore. Apart from offering its goodness of savour and flavours to the dish, the garbanzo beans also come with a bountiful of nutritional benefits to keep us healthy and fit.
These beans provide an excellent source of molybdenum and they are a good source of folic acid, fiber and manganese. They are a rich source of protein as well as minerals such as iron, copper, zinc and magnesium. Garbanzo beans are extremely low in fat, can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels. These amazing tiny pearls rocks with some amazing essential nutrients.
They are rich in protein, omega 3 fatty acids and help in normalizing blood-fat levels. Muskmelon Seeds is good source Of Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Calcium, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B2. Melon seed is an average antioxidant. Some of the fantastic and delectable dishes made from this humble and delicious Chickpea are:
Chole Kasoori Methi Chole Kasoori Methi is an appealing, spicy dish made with Garbanzo beans cooked in wonderful creamy, silky and spicy gravy flavoured with the goodness and unique taste of Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves). This dish has a rich and luscious gravy made with a medley of melon seeds and cashew nuts that enhances the taste of the dish and gives a nice texture and dense to the dish. Kasoori methi Chole tastes extremely well with a crispy puffy bhatura, naan, roti or poori.
Chole masala Chole Masala with poori or chana masala are popular dishes from the Indian cuisine especially in the state of Punjab. It is fairly dry and spicy with a sour citrus taste. Chole masala is often served with a type of fried puffed bread and is popularly known as Chole bhatura. It is commonly sold by street vendors and available in restaurants too.
Aloo Chole Saagwala Aloo Chole Saagwala is a very popular and common dish in the Punjabi cuisine served in most restaurants made with a mix of potatoes and Kabul channa in awesome saag gravy or chaman masala made with spinach and spices. Saag means a leaf based dish eaten in South Asia with roti or naan.
Chole Dhania Masala Chole Dhania Masala is a spicy chick pea curry cooked in a flavourful green masala.
Pindi Chole Chole Masala with Special Spice Powder Pindi Chole is a very popular main course dish from the Punjabi cuisine made with kabuli chana cooked in varied Indian spices and garnish with lemon wedges and green chillies. The chick peas or chole are nicely coated with spices and this is almost a dry dish that can be eaten with poori or roti
Mushrooms Chickpea Curry Dhingri Chole Mushroom Chole curry or Dhingri Chole masala is a classic Indian style dish consisting of mushrooms and chole or garbanzo cooked together in some exotic Indian spices and fresh chole masala. Serve along with roti, chapatti etc.
Channa Cabbage Cabbage cooked with channa.
Chana Jor Garam – Indian Garbanzo Street Snack Chana Jor Garam is a mouthwatering Indian traditional snack made out of black gram. This one makes for a healthy and yummy evening snack.
Achari Channa Pulao Achari Chana Pulao/ Achari Chole Pulao or Pickle spiced chickpea rice is a brilliant twist in bringing out the pickle flavor in the rice and channa (chickpea) cooked together spiced with deciduous basmati rice and serve raita,salad.
Indian Garbanzo Green Curry – Kala Channa Hara Masala Who doesn't love chole or chana masala, though popular made of white chickpeas or kabuli chana another variety is to prepare from black chickpeas or kala chana.
Masala Vada Style Falafel Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Arab food, usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread.
Aloo Channa Chaat
Tindora and Chana Dal (Black Chickpea) Masala Combination of tindora and chana dal (black chickpea) cooked together with few spices.
Kadala Curry Black Channa Masala Kerala Style Kadala is a coconut based kala chana (black chickpeas) curry that is rich in protein and lip smacking good when eaten with many starch dishes. Shallots aka sambar onions and fresh coconut are essential ingredients. Kadala curry is one of the classic Kerala vegetarian recipes you will ever taste.
Simple Hummus Hummus is a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
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