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13 April, 2013

Chanar Dalna /Cottage Cheese Balls In Spicy Gravy

13 April, 2013

Chanar Dalna /Cottage Cheese Balls In Spicy Gravy 

Chanar Dalna / Cottage cheese curry is a very traditional and popular Bengali dish. Whenever it comes for having a vegetarian platter, a paneer/cottage cheese dish is a must. It is mostly served during religious occasions or festivals. Chana is quite different from the paneer that is available in the market. Chana is prepared by curdling milk with lactic acid or lemon juice and squeezed thoroughly to drain out the excess water. It is a really yummy side dish which tastes best with steamed rice or pulao. Do try it out! (And don't forget to comment/subscribe!!)

Chanar Dalna /Cottage Cheese Balls In Spicy Gravy

    Ingredients:
    For the balls

  • Chana/ cottage cheese - 200 gms
  • Besan / chickpea powder - 2 tbsp(for binding)
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp 
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies - 2(chopped)
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Ginger paste- 1 tsp
  • Oil - for frying

    For the dalna/curry

  • Potato - 1 (cut in cubes)
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Ghee/clarified butter - 1 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Mustard oil - 2 tbsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste

Method:

1. Knead the chana/cottage cheese nicely. Now add all the ingredients for the balls except oil and once again knead well.
2. Make small balls and flatten them a little as shown in the picture and keep them aside for 5-7 mins.
3. Heat oil in a kadhai and fry the balls till it turns slightly brownish. Also fry the potatoes and keep aside.
4. In the same pan, add some oil, and add the whole cumin seeds.
5. Now add the fried potatoes, ginger paste, sugar and mix all the powdered spices with a little water to make a paste except garam masala. Stir well and then add 1 1/2 cup of waer. Season with salt.
6. Cook covered for 5-7 mins. till the potatoes are well done. Put in the fried balls and cook for 2-3 minutes   more.
7. Add garam masala and ghee. Serve hot with warm rice / rotis.




29 comments

  1. Yummy and delicious gravy, thank you for sharing. very nice clicks...

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  2. WOW! interesting recipe. I'll try it soon. Following you :)

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  3. Wow... This is a must try recipe

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  4. I need to try this curry because its amazingly something I never knew off but the temptation is killing me. Need to make and deeply dig into with rice.

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  5. Yummy dish, would like to have with paratha also...

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  6. That sounds so yummy Rita. I usually make ball curries by pairing cottage cheese with something else. But I love your version. I must get some mustard oil and try this out :)

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  7. Lovely..eta amar khub favorite...

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  8. Rich & tasty side.. Should taste heavenly with hot phulkas :)

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  9. Mmm....That's a delicious one...a very different way of making paneer

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  10. Looks like chana Koftas ... Yummy!

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  11. these look kind of my bro's item... yummm...

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  12. Wow! This looks fantastic and super delicious Rita... and the paneer balls looks so soft and tasty... Bookmarked it :-)

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  13. i can eat those paneer balls as it is but in the gravy its more tempting.

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  14. Cottage cheese soaked in that delicious gravy...so tempting :-)

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  15. Very nice , new recipe to me :)

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  16. Rita, this is my favourite. I make it, even wrote the post, but we always end up eating before I can photograph!!

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  17. Aei ta Dekhte khub hi sundor, aamake khete pai gelo :-) . Sometimes visit me also. Lets Stay around. You have got mind blowing bengoli recipe...u make me starve Rita.Sushmita

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  18. Wish I could grab a bite of this and enjoy this every bite of it.

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  19. I am drooling!!! looks great...

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  20. will try this for sure....interesting one...

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  21. Delicious side for rotis. I have bookmarked it!!! :)

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  22. Delicious combination, looks tempting!
    MAHA

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  23. Delicious and perfect side for rotis...yum..

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  24. That looks delicious! A dish I'll have to make soon...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  25. I've never had a dish like this before...sounds tasty!

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