Khatte Chane ~ A Tribute to Tarla Dalal

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There are always people who you think you know them better, though you may have never met. Being a food blogger, a panchant for collecting cookbook, writing down recipes and bookmarking online, it is only that natural that I came across Tarla Dalal. I do own couple of her cookbooks, bookmarked many online and have tried quite a few from her collection.
I was sadden to hear that she passed away last week. And she leaves behind a legacy of over 100 cookbooks and thousands of recipes and on the inspiring many cooks.
I came to know about this news when Pavani email us in our Blogging Marathon group. There was such an immediate reaction from everybody, with Padma suggesting that we should do a tribute to her by cooking something from her collection. We agreed to do on the same day and I requested Preeti, our resident logo creator to design a logo. 

So here’s my tribute to Tarla Dalalji with a recreation of her dish. I am obsessed with Chhole and it was only naturally I collected all her Channa dishes in one place. Though we decided last week, it was only this morning that I finally was able to make something. This Khatte Chane is sounded such a delicious treat, so I had to do it. I saved up a small portion of boiled channa since this weekend, when this was to have been cooked. Finally I had to do with just a small portion, no doubt will be making it again.

Khatte chane, served with kulchas is a spicy chickpea or kabuli chana. It is a preparation with chane cooked with chopped onions, tomatoes, chillies and masalas. 
Check out the tributes from the BM group in the Linky tool below.

Khatte Chane | Spicy curried Chickpea

Preparation Time: 5
Cooking Time: 10
Soaking time : Overnight

Ingredients Needed:

Kabuli chana (white chick peas) – 1 cup
Tamarind pulp or tamarind (imli) water – 1 tsp
Onions – 1 small
Tomatoes, sliced – 1/2
Green chillies, chopped – 2
Ginger, grated – 1/”
Chole masala – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tsp

Spice powders :
Chilli powder
Roasted cumin powder -1/2
Roasted Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch

How to make the Khatter Chane

Wash chana dal and soak it overnight. Pressure cook the channa till done. Drain and store if not using right away. Else keep it aside.

Heat a pan with 2 tsp oil, jeera, coriander powder, chana masala, red chilli powder, salt and fry for 1-2 minutes.

Add the ginger and green chillies and continue frying.

Once this is done, add tamarind juice in the pan and mix them well.

Bring the mixture to a boil, add chana dal to the mixture.

Cook for 5-6 minutes.

Garnish with onion, tomato slices, and fresh coriander.


Khatte Chane is served with kulchas,bread, or bhaturas. However I served with corn rice. Will surely be making this again with Kulchas.

Having boiled frozen channa is always such a boon. Just before using, bring to room temperature and cook.


Khatte Chane ~ A Tribute to Tarla Dalal

Course Main Dish – Dry Sautes
Dish Type Dry Side Dishes
Author Srivalli
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  1. Lovely tribute and a nice dish. Khatte chana looks perfect and should try this some time. I too love chana and also have a pack of frozen chana in the freezer.

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