Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 17
Dish: Kelli Channa
We are going to Manipur, one of the seven sister states in the North Eastern India. Manipuri cuisine is simple, organic and healthy. Dishes are typically spicy foods that use chili pepper rather than garam masalas. Most of the dishes do not use oil for cooking.
The staple diet of Manipur consists of rice, variety of leafy vegetables and fish. Manipuris typically raise vegetables in a kitchen garden and rear fishes in small ponds around their house. They cook dishes based on the seasonal produce and the dishes taste very different from mainland Indian cuisine because of the use of the various aromatic herbs and roots that are unique to the region.
Kelli Chana is a popular street food in Manipur. It is said that a old lady named Kelli used to sell this addictive snack under a tree and people from all over Manipur started flocking around the tree to buy her chana. She never disclosed the recipe to anyone and apparently took it to her grave. Lot of people have tried to recreate her recipe, but failed to make it taste like the original.
Recipe adapted from OpenChallenge:
- 2 cups Chickpeas - cooked (or use 1 16 oz. can, rinsed and drained)
- 1 Onion - medium, chopped
- 2 Tomatoes - medium, chopped
- 1 Ginger " - grated
- 2 cloves Garlic - minced
- 1 tsp chili powder Red (adjust as per taste)
- 2 Green onions - chopped
- 3 tbsps Chives Chinese - chopped
- 2 tbsps Black sesame seeds - roasted and ground
- 1 tbsp Cilantro - chopped, for garnish
- to taste Salt
- Heat 2tbsp mustard oil in a pan; add onions and cook until they start turning lightly brown around the edges. Add the ginger and garlic; cook for 1~2 minutes.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until mushy.
- Next add the red chili powder and salt. Mix well. Add some water if the mixture looks too dry. Cook for 3~4 minutes.
- Add the chopped Chinese chives and ground black sesame powder; cook for 2~3 minutes.
- Finally garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro and Enjoy!!