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5 tb vegetable oil
2 md onions, peeled and minced
8 garlic cloves peeled and minced
1 tb ground coriander seeds
2 ts ground cumin seeds
1/4 ts ground cayenne pepper or more
1 t ground turmeric
6 tb red-ripe tomatoes (finely chopped, skinned) fresh or canned
40 oz canned chickpeas or 4 1/2 c home-cooked chickpeas
2 ts ground roasted cumin seeds
1 tb ground amchoor (opt.) OR
1 sm -lime (juice & pulp only)
2 ts kashmiri red pepper
1 t garam masala
1/2 ts salt (or to taste)
1 tb lemon juice (or more)
1 fresh hot green chili minced
2 ts fresh ginger (very finely grated)

This dish, a staple street food of the bazaars of Old Delhi, is
wonderfully tart and hot. It requires two similar spice blends,
one added to the browned onions and garlic, the other toward the
end of the cooking time. Amchoor (powdered green mango) lends a
haunting sourness. If you can't find this ingredient, substitute
the juice and pulp of a small lime (the dish is also delicious
without either). You may use Hungarian paprika as a substitute for
Kashmiri red pepper; either will give color but no heat. These
spicy chickpeas can be made up to two days ahead of time. In fact,
their flavor improves if they are left, refrigerated, for at least
24 hours.

DIRECTIONS: Heat the oil in a wide pot over a medium flame. When
hot, put in the minced onions and garlic. Stir and fry until the
mixture is a rich medium brown shade. Turn heat to medium low and
add the coriander, cumin, (NOT the roasted cumin), cayenne, and
turmeric. Stir for a few seconds. Now put in the finely chopped
tomatoes. Stir for a few seconds. Now put in the finely chopped
tomatoes. Stir and fry until the tomatoes are well amalgamated with
the spice mixture and brown lightly. Add the drained chickpeas and
1 cup water. Stir. Add the ground roasted cumin, amchoor, red
pepper, garam masala, salt, and lemon juice. Stir again. Cover,
turn heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cover and add
the minced green chili and grated ginger. Stir and cook, uncovered,
for another 30 seconds.


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