Delicious Chickpea, Eggplant and Butternut Recipe.

Yep. Another kala chana recipe.

Simple, healthy, tasty, filling and colourful. This delightful meal ticks all those boxes and is one of my faves to make too.

Ingredients are two cups of peeled and chopped butternut, 2 cups kala chana, one eggplant, two tomatoes, I small bunch of coriander,1 tablespoon ghee, 1 tablespoon of ginger garlic paste, salt and pepper. For the spices, the whole spices are a teaspoon each of black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds and fennel seeds. The ground spices are a teaspoon each of garam masala, ground Dhania jeera and 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric.

Boil the chickpeas till ready and set aside.

Heat your pan, add the ghee and toast the whole spices a bit.

Add your onion and cook till soft, then add the ginger garlic paste then the eggplants.

Mix well. Add the coriander stalks too and set the leaves aside for garnish later.
Add the ground spices, mix well then add the chopped tomato and some salt. Cover and let simmer till tomatoes are soft.
Add the chick pea and let it cook a while to absorb the flavours…
…then add the chopped butternut.
Add a bit of water, not too much though and check on seasoning. Cover and simmer till butternut is cooked through.
Garnish with the coriander leaves once ready.
I added some fresh chillies on mine.

It is not too spicy but very flavourful. You can cook earlier and let rest so the flavours can deepen further before serving.

It goes well with minty flatbread that is very easy to make. 1 1/2 cups of self raising flour, I cup of natural yoghurt, a pinch of salt, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp dried mint. Knead well till soft and smooth, and cook on a griddle pan. Serve hot.
Colourful, healthy, tasty and filling. Right up my alley.

I added some fresh chilli on top too but this is optional. This is an amazingly flavour filled vegetarian meal to add to your normal meal plan. It will leave you satisfied, is good to look at, easy to make, nutritious and tasty too.

Definitely worth a try.

Kala Chana Pilau.

I am a big fan of pilau as there are so many ways you can mix it up and always end up with a tasty and filling dish. It provides one with so many ways to spice up one pot rice, works well for weekday dinner and leftovers are perfect for the kids’ school lunch boxes.

In this specific pilau I used some brown chickpeas also known as ‘kala Chana’ , some cashew nuts and a little chicken too and the result was an aromatic and palate pleasing dish.

Let’s get started.

Our ingredients are a cup of basmati rice, two sliced onions, half a cup of already boiled brown chickpeas, a tbsp of ginger garlic paste, 1 tbsp of ground pilau masala, salt to taste, 1 tbsp butter, and some whole pilau masala spices (1 bay leaf, a small stick of cinnamon, a few black peppercorns, cloves and cardamoms and a tsp of cumin seeds). I also added in about 300 g of chicken breast and a few raw cashew nuts.
Heat your sauce pan and add the butter and a small drop of oil so the butter doesn’t burn. Add the whole spices and let them release their aroma for a few seconds.
Add the sliced onions and let them cook till caramelized.

Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well. Then add the pilau masala and mix well. Then add a few raw cashews. Mix and ensure the spices do not burn.

Add your chicken if using. let cook till browned and coated well with the spicy mixture.
Add in the kala chana. Mix and let it also get coated and absorb the masala mix. Do not forget your salt and pepper. The aroma at this time is amazing!
Add your rice, then 2 cups of water. Cover and let simmer till the water is absorbed and the rice is ready.
The rice is now ready to serve. You can have it with some raita on the side, a curry accompaniment or a simple green salad.

It is a very tasty and filling meal. The chickpeas provide nutrients, colour and an earthy flavour that is complemented well by the pilau spices, the tender chicken and the sweetness of the cashew nuts and caramelized onions.

We had it with a simple vegetable salad and some jeera potatoes. Filling, tasty, easy to make and colourful; all my favorites for a meal I love.

Give it a try and let me know what you think of this dish.