Hare Chane ka Nimona

Nimona is a traditional curry from Uttar Pradesh . Generally Nimona is made from fresh green peas but This one is with fresh green garbanzo beans or Choliya .

 

Hara Chana or Choliya are the fresh tender garbanzo beans . These are available only for a very short time in winters . Since they are so scarce their demand is quite high and they are pretty expensive too .
I remember dad was very fond of these tender beans . For years he went to the vegetable market every Sunday and the house boy escorted him . During winters he would return back with one more helper from the market . The market helpers would carry a huge basket on their head which would be full of the winter greens . Spinach , fenugreek , mustard , spring onions , fresh garlic and what not . The green Choliya and fresh green peas were a must . At times he would get the Choliya pods and these pods would be attached to the stems . Boy ! It sure was a task to rip them off the stem and then open them . I would always run away on Sundays !

 

Memories , nostalgic memories ! Whenever I make these memories just flash up . Coming back to reality and present times my hubby never gets those Choliya pods , he knows his wife will never sit down to rip them open .

 

I have made Nimona from the fresh peas , but like always I love to give my twist to any dish . So here is a green Channa Nimona which tastes even better than the original Mattar ka Nimona . Make sure you grind the beans coarsely , so you get a good texture . Potatoes taste really good so not skip them . Try and cook the curry in mustard oil as it lends it a very earthy flavour . Serve it with a nice Paratha and you sure are to flip for this dish from Uttar Pradesh .

 

Hare Chane ka Nimona

Hare Chane ka Nimona , UP special

Ingredients

1 cup fresh green channa
1 potato
2 tomatoes
3 tbsp mustard oil
3 tbsp coriander, chopped
2 green chillies
Small piece ginger
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp asafoetida
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste

Method

Coarsely grind the fresh garbanzo beans and keep aside .
Heat the mustard oil till it smokes . Switch off the gas and let the oil cool .
Switch on the flame , heat the oil again , add the potato cubes .
Add a pinch of salt .
Fry the cubes till tender and cooked .
Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside .
Using the same pan and leftover oil add cumin seeds and asafoetida .
Immediately add turmeric powder and coriander powder .
Now add the tomato purée and chilly ginger paste .
Cook till oil separates.
Now add the coarsely ground green channa .
Add salt and mix well .
Let cook till the raw smell of channa is gone .
Add water according to the consistency you want .
Just before serving add the fried potatoes , garam masala and coriander leaves .
Hare Chane ka Nimona
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Hare Chane ka Nimona
Nimona is a traditional curry from Uttar Pradesh . Generally Nimona is made from fresh green peas but This one is with fresh green garbanzo beans or Choliya .
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Coarsely grind the fresh garbanzo beans and keep aside .
  2. Heat the mustard oil till it smokes . Switch off the gas and let the oil cool .
  3. Switch on the flame , heat the oil again , add the potato cubes .
  4. Add a pinch of salt .
  5. Fry the cubes till tender and cooked .
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside .
  7. Using the same pan and leftover oil add cumin seeds and asafoetida .
  8. Immediately add turmeric powder and coriander powder .
  9. Now add the tomato purée and chilly ginger paste .
  10. Cook till oil separates.
  11. Now add the coarsely ground green channa .
  12. Add salt and mix well .
  13. Let cook till the raw smell of channa is gone .
  14. Add water according to the consistency you want .
  15. Just before serving add the fried potatoes , garam masala and coriander leaves .
Recipe Notes

Hare Chane ka Nimona

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7 thoughts on “Hare Chane ka Nimona UP Special”

  1. Your childhood memories trigger some of mine. We had a jackfruit tree in our yard and many many times, I have peeled the sticky layers to get the juicy fruit. Never been a fan of the work involved, but after all the effort, the fruit was so delicious!! So I can relate to peeling a mound of Chana pods :-). Coming to the recipe, the thali looks great and mouthwatering as always!

  2. I miss green chana a lot. Nowadays we get it even here but never pick it up dreading the task of shelling it. I never made nimona and I guess it is time to make this UP delicacy very soon.

  3. Can i come over for this earthy meal, Vaishali ? (and yes, I shall help cheelafy the pods too :p) lovely meal there. my eyes are darting towards that paratha thali 🙂

  4. Ya, I am sure the nostalgic memories always stay with us. Some more than the rest, right? I can understand the work involved in doing such jobs. I had my share of running away as well 🙂 Now we have a choice on what to get home, right? Beautiful adaptation of the matar ka nimona.

  5. Such lovely thoughts to read and ponder over as it brings in many such memories for all I guess. This is a great twist you have here Vaishali. I loved when I had made the matar ka nimona, this must have tasted so good as well!

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