1 1⁄2 cups chana dhal soak it in hot water .
for the chicken :
1 chicken cut into 8 to 10 pieces or even smaller if you can .
1 big onion chopped or 2 small
all the whole spices approx 4 of each
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon red chili paste
2 teaspoon dhana powder
1 teaspoon jeera powder
1⁄2 teaspoon haldi
salt to taste
2 tomatoes grated or pureed
1 tablespoon achaar masala
chopped dhania (coriander) for garnish
if you have a pressure cooker pop the dhal in with some water and soften it , approx 3 whistles .
if not boil it until soft , must be nice and soft .
Add the oil , whole spices and onions to a pot allow onions to braise until golden .
Add the ginger , garlic and red chili paste and saute until you get the aromas , add the chicken and the remaining spices allow the chicken to cook till almost done .
add the tomatoes and the soften dhal and allow the tomato water to dry , add the achaar masala and cook little more . add some water if very dry .
garnish with dhania (coriander) .
serve with roti and kachumbar