Channa – aloo vindaloo

Today, I have for you a very simple recipe. So simple, with a bit of planning. It is a vindaloo, a channa- aloo vindaloo. I have never heard  of a  vegetarian vindaloo, but I guess there is always the first time. It’s simple and tasty. All you need to do is remember to soak the channa the previous night. Once that is done the rest is cakewalk. The recipe is from Anglo – Indian cooking expert, Mrs. Bridget White.


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Channa – 200 grams (soaked overnight  and pressure cooked for 4 whistles)

Potato – 1 large (peeled, quartered and boiled)

Onions – 2 (chopped)

Chilly Powder- 2 tsp

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Ginger – garlic paste – 1 tsp

Cumin powder – 1 tsp

Tomato puree – ½ cup

Cinnamon – 1”

Vinegar – 2 tblsp

Salt – to taste

Sugar – 1 tsp


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Heat oil in a pan and sauté till golden brown. Add the ginger – garlic paste and cinnamon and fry for some time. Add the chilli powder, cumin powder, turmeric, sugar, tomato puree and fry till oil separates from the masala. Add the channa, potatoes, vinegar and a little water. Simmer till gravy is thick.



Falafel Sandwich

Falafel always reminds me of the super hit series FRIENDS… in my opinion its the greatest sitcom…ever…In season 10 Rachel’s(Jennifer Aniston) sister mistakes Ross(David Schwimmer) for the guy selling falafel on the street … hence I always look at falafels and think of FRIENDS. So, what is a falafel…it is a deep fried, yummy, crunchy ball of ground chickpeas, coriander and other seasonings. It kinda like the Indian masala vada … kinda not really …

Anyways……… during my weekly grocery shopping sessions I saw frozen falafels … I thought why not and took it, I was expecting visitors during the week. I figured I could fry these up when they come home. They came home, we had a great time, and I totally forgot about the falafels … typical Anisha huh ….

It continued living in my freezer until it was time for my trip to India. While I was clearing out my refrigerator I saw the falafels and I decided to do something with it. My first instinct was to fry it up, but Binish and I are not really the evening tea with some snacks kinda people. A little of blog jumping later I decided to make a falafel sandwich. To go with it I made a simple tzatziki and a tahini dip… simple but yumm. So here is how I made the falafel sandwich… the recipes for the tzatziki and tahini will come up soon. If you don’t get frozen falafels where you live, or prefer not to but frozen food you can make it at home. This page should help you.  So here we are falafel sandwich … enjoy



Pita Bread – 3

Falafels – 6 (I kept two falafels in 1 pita bread it was really filling)

Lettuce leaf – 3

Tomato – 1 (large) (sliced)

Onion-1 (sliced)

Tzatziki – as needed

Tahini Dip – as needed

Cut open the top of the pita bread to expose the pocket inside.

Layer the lettuce leaf, top with two tomato slices, then two onion slices, then a falafel on each onion – tomato slice, a tsp of tahini or tzatziki on top of each of the falafel and … eat it … how simple is simple.

For further explanation look at the picture.

Falafel Sandwich

Falafel Sandwich

I really hope you guys make this super easy, super tasty sandwich.

Till we meet again ciao…

Pindi Channa

Today’s recipe is from the king of Indian cooking – Sanjeev Kapoor. Needless to say there is not much talking to do. I tried his Pindi Channa and loved it. It was a great side with chapathi. So here I am presenting Pindi channa from Rawalpindi district in Pakistan. I hope you will try it out and enjoy it as much as I did.

The recipe link is here.

Here are a few images of what my pindi channa looked like.



ciao then