The little Mexican food I had in India tasted Indian so there is nothing wrong that my Indian food tastes Mexican ok lol. Chickpeas or chana was one of my favorite dishes that I had in India, but especially in Kerala…with a dosa or idlis!! yummmmm!! Best South Indian breakfast ever! My chechis told me how to make it before I left, really easy, the chana that is. (I’m not even going to try making dosas or idlis!) I did it Mexican/Indian style with no measuring, the one thing I did do differently was add extra extra extra chile, cause did I mention I’m Mexican? And if it doesn’t make me cry, it aint hot enough honey ;) So here goes….
In a medium sized pot I heated some olive oil and sauteed 1 1/2 yellow onions chopped, 4 cloves of garlic minced, 2 tomatoes chopped, 6 dried red chiles (chile japones/japanese), and about 6 tblspn of South Indian masala/spice blend (available at Indian grocers or you can blend it yourself…coriander, turmeric, cumin, chilli, fenugreek, mustard, salt, pepper, pulse, caraway, cloves, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cardamom, dry ginger, asafoetida)…. and 2 extra tblspns of chilli powder. Once the onions brown, add papas/potatoes chopped ( I added 4 small white ones), garbanzos (pre-soaked for 12 hours) and enough water to cover them. Simmer until they are soft.
Serve with a Mexican roti/wheat tortilla. lol :)
It came out nice! But I’ll have to consult my chechis again so I can blend the spices myself next time to get a little closer to the taste I had in Kerala…or maybe I’ll just have to go back. :)