Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chana upkari .

chana Upkari

Upkari is a dry dish usually stir fried.You can use any type lentils or beans or vegetables to prepare this easy and tasty dish.Normally we konkanis prepare this on Friday's combination with beaten rice /pova chutney or Godu povu(sweet beaten rice) for breakfast.This is also served in temples as prasad.I prepared this on krishna janmashtami along with some other dishes as a prasad to Lord Krishna. You prepare this with a combination with sweet potato or cooking plantain which is really a deadly combination
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
  • 1 cup Bengal gram
  • 1tbsp Grated coconut
  • 1tsp Mustard
  • 2-3 Red chilly (dried cut into pieces)
  • 1/2tsp Asafoetida/hing
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 2-3 tsp coconut oil/veg oil
Cooking Directions
  • Soak chana/chik peas overnight in 4-5 cups of water( In winter season add a pinch of baking soda while soaking for that extra softness )
  • Now pressure cook chana /chick peas 3-4 cups of water for 3 whistle.Do not forget to add salt while cooking chana for better taste.
  • Now heat a kadai/wok add in some coconut oil or any other oil ( we konkani's prefer coconut oil specially for this upkari ).
  • Now add some mustard and wait till it crackles .
  • Now add red chilly pieces followed by curry leaves and little hing/asafoetida.Stir it well .

  • Now add Cooked chana/chick peas.
  • Add little salt if necessary and cook till the dish is almost dry.
  • Finish it with  grated coconut and mix it well for a minute and switch off the gas.
  • Chana upkari is ready to serve.
Krishnashtami parasad


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