you said you wanted to know about chana masala...........does that mean you want to know what brand of masala powder to use or how to make chana or popularly known as chole?
Well i use the "Everest" brand it works well for me and i follow the instructions on the back. But during our training in the hotels i found the chef there made a killer Chole , so this is the recipe for it below:
Along with it is the recipe of the puri that goes with it called "Bhatura".
Hope this helps you......i know i have typed the recipe a little haphazardly , so if you have any question do ask again , i will clarify.
Kabuli chana / Chick peas- 2 cups (ask at any indian store)
Onions -1 big, minced
Tomatoes(optional) - 2 medium chopped finely
Ginger Garlic - 1 tsp, minced
Green chillies - 1 , minced
Cayenne -1 tsp
Garam Masala/Chana Masala - 2 Tsp
Tamarind - size of 2 grapes , soaked in 1/2 cup of water for 20 mins.
Tea Bags - 2
salt- as per taste
1.Soak chole overnight,pressure cook them(put in the tea bags during pressure cooking)
2.Finely chop the onions and tomatoes.
3.HEat oil,add onions,till golden,add ginger and garlic , cook for 3 mins.
4.Add tomatoes,cook again.Now add cayenne,salt,garam masala chole . Rub the soaked tamarind in the water to make tamarind water, discard all the solid parts. Now add this water to the above mixture
5.Cook for 5mins.
6.SErve garnished with cilantro leaves and serve hot with Bhaturas.
BHATURA:The dough should be prepared at least 5hrs.in advance.
White Flour (all purpose)-500gm
White Bread slices- 2
Salt.- 1 tsp
Baking pwd.- a pinch
1.Seive the flour after adding baking soda and salt. Then add the curd and bread (soak the bread in water prior and squeeze all water out of it bread. )
2.Prepare the dough using sufficient water.
3.Heat veg oil in a wok.Knock back the dough.Prepare small roundels of dough.Roll out the dough using the rolling pin and fry them in the hot oil.
Serve hot chole bhature with chopped onions and imali ki chutney(found in indian stores) and of course indian pickle.
Serve this with chilled lassi- 1 cup Curd and 2 tsp sugar ,churn these two in the mixer / blender and its done.