Indian Recipes – Chole

Posted on 29. Mar, 2015 by in Hindi Language

Chole (छोले), a refreshing vegetarian white chickpeas culinary treat from North India. This simple recipe is an authentic Indian recipe (विधि  – Vidhi) which is easy to make. This dish is very popular in North and usually served with fried Indian bread called Bhatura (भटूरा) or cooked basmati rice.

Let me show you how to make this delicious dish at home.

Chole

Recipe Servings : 4
Recipe Cook Time : 25 minutes

Chole, a white chickpeas based Indian recipe (Pic via Wikipedia by Grenavitar)

Chole, a white chickpeas based Indian recipe (Pic via Wikipedia by Grenavitar)

Ingredients:

1 cup Kabuli Chana (White Chick Peas) , soaked overnight and drained
1 tea bag or 1 teaspoon of tea leaf tied in muslin cloth
1/2 tablespoons Cumin seeds (जीरा – Jeera)
1/2 cup Onion (प्याज – Pyaaz), finely chopped
2 tablespoons Garlic (लहसुन – Lehsun), finely chopped
2 tablespoons Chole Masala (छोले मसाला) powder
1 tablespoon dried mango powder (अमचूर – Amchur)
1/2 tablespoons Ginger (अदरक – Adarak), finely chopped
1 teaspoon Red Chilli (लाल मिर्च – Laal Mirch) Powder
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric (हल्दी – Haldi) Powder
2 teaspoons Coriander (धनिया – Dhaniya) Powder
2 tablespoons Oil or Ghee (घी – Clarified butter)
1 cup Water (पानी – Paani)
Salt (नमक – Namak) to taste
Optional 1 medium Tomatoes (टमाटर – Tamatar), roughly chopped
Optional fresh Cilantro or Coriander (धनिया – Dhaniya)

Method:

1. Combine the Kabuli Chane (singular, Chana), salt, tea bag and enough water in a pot and cook it for 20 min or if using a pressure cooker, pressure cook it for 3 whistles.

2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Now discard the tea bag and drain the kabuli chana.

3. Heat the oil in a deep pan and add the cumin seeds. Fry cumin seeds for 2 min in hot oil.

4. Now add the onions, ginger and garlic and salt on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minute or till the onions turn golden brown.

5. Add the chole masala powder, chilli powder, dried mango powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds powder, salt and 1 cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir occasionally.

6. Add the kabuli chana, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Mash the kabuli chana once lightly with a help of a masher.

7. Garnish with finely chopped fresh tomato and coriander or cilantro. Serve hot with Indian bread, Roti or Naan or fried Indian bread Bhatura which goes very well with Chole. You can also serve Chole with rice.

Consonants Joining in Hindi

Posted on 29. Mar, 2015 by in Hindi Language

In Hindi language, we combine and create new words quite often. In Hindi, Joining (संधि) or combination are of 3 major types. When a word is formed by a combination of two consonant or a consonant and a vowel then this combination or joining is called व्यंजन संधि (Vyanjan Sandhi – Consonants Joining) in Hindi.

Examples: Note carefully, how the two Hindi consonants or vowels are combining to form new word.

1. त् (t) + ई (i) = दी (di)
जगत् (Jagat – Word) + ईश (Ish – Master) = जगदीश (Jagdish – God)

2. म् (m) + त (ta) = ं (n)
सम् (Sam – Equal) + तोष (Tosh – Appeasement) = संतोष (Santosh – Satisfaction)

3. म् (m) + म (ma) = म्म (mma)
सम् (Sam – Equal) + मति (Mati – Mind)= सम्मति (Sammati – Agreement)

4. म् (m) + म (ma) = म्म (mma)
सम् (Sam – Equal) + मान (Maan – Honor) = सम्मान (Sammaan – Respect)

5. म् (m) + य (ya) = ं (n)
सम् (Sam – Equal) + योग (Yog – Possibility) = संयोग (Sanyog – Coincidence)

6. न (na) + स् (s) = ष (sha)
नि (Ni – Without) + सिद्ध (Sidhd- Prove) = निषिद्ध (Nishedhd – Prohibited)

7. त् (t) + भ (bha) = द्भ (dh)
सत् (Sat – Good) + भावना (Bhavna – Spirit) = सद्भावना (Sadhbhavna – Goodwill)

8. त् (t) + ज (ja) = ज्ज (jja)
सत् (Sat – Good) + जन (Jan – People) = सज्जन (Sajjan – Gentlemen)

9. त् (t) + ध (dha) = द्ध (dha)
सत् (Sat – Good) + धर्म (Dharm – Duty, Religion) = सद्धर्म (Sadharm – Good Duty)

10. म् (m) + ब (ba) = ं (n)
सम् (Sat – Good) + बंध (Bandh – Bond) = संबंध (Sambandh – Relation)

11. व् (v) + स् (s) = ष (sha)
वि(Vi – Opposite) + सम (Sam – Equal) = विषम (Visham – Unequal)

Poem in Hindi – Gungaan

Posted on 28. Mar, 2015 by in Hindi Language

Today, there is a poem for all Hindi learners, a short and easy poem that you can try to comprehend it. The poet, Maithili Sharan Gupt, is a very popular poet of Hindi literature. In this poem, he is describing his feeling on the obstacles in finding God. He talk how there are many way (religion, sect) to reach the God, how some people are acting the guardians of religion and favor people who know them to help them to reach God, people belief on religious practices, and how he finally found out that God is not far away, but near him.

Below is the poem in Devanagari fonts (Hindi) with the literal translation in English. I hope that you will try to comprehend the poem with the given explanation. So, here it is.

कविता (Kavita – Poem) : गुणगान (Gungaan – Song of Praise)
कवि (Kavi – Poet) : मैथिलीशरण गुप्त (Maithili Sharan Gupt)

तेरे घर के द्वार बहुत हैं,
किसमें हो कर आऊं मैं?
सब द्वारों पर भीड़ मची है,
कैसे भीतर जाऊं मैं?

Your house has many doors
from which door I may com in?
On every door, there is crowd
how to go through them?

द्बारपाल भय दिखलाते हैं,
कुछ ही जन जाने पाते हैं,
शेष सभी धक्के खाते हैं,
क्यों कर घुसने पाऊं मैं?
तेरे घर के द्वार बहुत हैं,
किसमें हो कर आऊं मैं?

Doormen show the fear
Only few of people could learn
and remaining just struggle
What I do to enter
your house has many doors
from which door I may come in?

तेरी विभव कल्पना कर के,
उसके वर्णन से मन भर के,
भूल रहे हैं जन बाहर के
कैसे तुझे भुलाऊं मैं?
तेरे घर के द्वार बहुत हैं,
किसमें हो कर आऊं मैं?

after doing a splendor imagination of yours
and by satisfying with its details
the people of outside are forgetting
how do I forget you?
your house has many doors
from which door I do come in?

बीत चुकी है बेला सारी,
किंतु न आयी मेरी बारी,
करूँ कुटी की अब तैयारी,
वहीं बैठ गुन गाऊं मैं।
तेरे घर के द्वार बहुत हैं,
किसमें हो कर आऊं मैं?

all the time has passed by
but my turn didn’t come
now i will prepare for a hut
and will sit there and sing praising hymns
your house has many doors
from which door I do come in?

कुटी खोल भीतर जाता हूँ
तो वैसा ही रह जाता हूँ
तुझको यह कहते पाता हूँ-
‘अतिथि, कहो क्या लाउं मैं?’
तेरे घर के द्वार बहुत हैं,
किसमें हो कर आऊं मैं?

I move into hut after opening the door
and i remain like that (in surprise)
and find you saying to me
“Guest, tell what do I bring to you”?
your house has many doors
from which door I do come in?