Chana-Bateta Nu Shak (Chickpea and Potato Curry)

Chana-Bateta, or Chickpeas and Potatoes is a classic Gujarati recipe and a wonderful accompaniment to a Gujarati Thali. This is another one of Gujarats most popular recipes. I think it’s because chickpeas are such a fantastic ingredient, with their lovely nutty flavour they are used widely across all parts of Gujarat and India. They have a good source of zinc and protein and this recipe is a firm favourite and is really hearty – the perfect winter warmer.

Chana-Bateta Nu Shak (Chickpea and Potato Curry)

  • Servings: 3-4 people
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients
1 small red onion (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
pinch of asafetida
4 medium tomatoes
2 medium potatoes
300gs dry chickpeas OR 1 1/2 canned chickpeas (I used fresh which I soaked overnight which doubled in size)
1 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 1/2 teaspoon garama-masala powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin-coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
10gs jaggery (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons sunflower oil

Method

  1. Soak chickpeas in cold water overnight. In a pressure cooker, cook the chickpeas in 2 1/2 cups of water until soft but has retained their shape. Drain, wash and set aside. If you are using canned chickpeas, wash thoroughly under warm water and set aside
  2. Prepare other ingredients. Chop potatoes, tomatoes and onions and set aside
  3. Heat oil in non-stick pan, add cumin seeds and asafetida. Simmer until aroma has cleared 
  4. Add chopped onion and sauté until brown (optional, omit this step if you do not want to add onions) 

    Cumin and onions in sunflower oil
    Cumin and onions in sunflower oil
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and sweat them at medium heat, stirring regularly to avoid sticking or burning. Continue until tomatoes are reduced in size 

    Chopped tomatoes
    Chopped tomatoes

    Sweated chopped tomatoes
    Sweated chopped tomatoes
  6. Add potatoes and chickpeas and combine well with the tomato onion mixture well 

    Chickpeas and potatoes added
    Chickpeas and potatoes added
  7. Add spices and salt to taste. Mix well 

    Spices and salt added
    Spices and salt added

    Spices combined well with chickpeas and potatoes
    Spices combined well with chickpeas and potatoes
  8. Add 1 cup of water and allow to simmer at low heat until potatoes are cooked 

    Water added
    Water added

Chana-Bateta Nu Shak (Chickpea and Potato Curry)
Chana-Bateta Nu Shak (Chickpea and Potato Curry)

Best Wishes,

Krishna

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