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Rajasthani Tarbooj chana sabzi | Watermelon Chickpeas curry

 

 

Rajasthani Tarbooj chana sabzi | Watermelon Chickpeas curry Rajasthani style | How to make gluten free & vegan Tarbooj – chana sabzi | Rasjathani style Tarbooj and chana sabzi | Recipe of Tarbooj and chana sabzi with step by step instructions and pictorial presentation

 

Rajasthani Tarbooj chana sabzi

Make this vegan and gluten free Rajasthani Tarbooj and chana sabzi | Watermelon Chickpeas curry that gets ready under 25 minutes,  for a hearty lunch. This will leave your tastebuds dancing and the family thinking you being crazy for using watermelon in making sabzi.

After making this delicious curry, if you have extra Tarbooj/ watermelon leftover and don’t throw even the rind, save it and make –

Tarbooj/Watermelon panna, Watermelon rasam, Watermelon jelly, and Watermelon rind halwa.

 

Watermelon and its many uses

Yes… Watermelon can be used to make sabzi too apart from eating it only as a fruit. Rajasthani food is as vibrant as their culture.

I happen to have relished this sabzi during my holidays to Rajsthan many years ago. And after that, I am beginning to see the Watermelon in a whole new light.

This summer when watermelon is found in abundance, I decided to make the same curry that I had  once tasted in Rajasthan. After going through many recipes for the same, I tweaked this recipe, the way my family loves it.

A must try Rajasthani Tarbooj chana sabzi | Watermelon Chickpeas curry

The Watermelon & chickpeas/chana Curry Recipe is one of those dishes that you must try when watermelons are in season.

This watermelon curry is subtly spiced, which bring out refreshing flavors and taste. I must admit that I have started to admire Rajasthani cuisine for it’s inventiveness.

I am amazed to see the use of dried lentils, beans, milk and buttermilk that is common in cooking. The way they use Oil and red chillies that helps preserve the food and reduces the need for water.

 

How to make watermelon and chickpeas/chana curry :

Take 1 cup of chopped watermelon and blend it to make puree.  Set it aside.

Heat a kadai/pan on medium heat, add 2 oil and add mustard seeds/rai. Once it crackles add cumin seeds.

Now add whole chili, crushed ginger, garlic, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and few curry leaves.

Saute and add the boiled chick peas. Turn down the heat and mix everything well.

Add the watermelon puree and season it with salt.

To this add cumin powder & garam masala powder.

Mix it well and let it cook on medium heat for about few minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.

Then add 1 cup of cubed, big Watermelon chunks. Mix well and cook for another few minutes. Test the taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve this hot with naan/roti/chapati or rice.

 

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Rajasthani Tarbooj chana sabzi | Watermelon Chickpeas curry
 
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Make this vegan and gluten free Rajasthani Tarbooj and chana sabzi | Watermelon Chickpeas curry that gets ready under 25 minutes,  for a hearty lunch. This will leave your tastebuds dancing and the family thinking you being crazy for using watermelon in making sabzi.
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Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Boiled chick peas- 1 cup
  • Watermelon pureed - 1 cup
  • Big cubes of watermelon for curry - 1 cup
  • Oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds - ½ tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Whole Chilly - 1
  • Ginger crushed - 1 tsp
  • Garlic crushed - 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala - ½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 10
  • Salt - 2 tsp
Instructions
  1. Take 1 cup of chopped watermelon and blend it to make puree. Set it aside.
  2. Heat a kadai/pan on medium heat, add 2 oil and add mustard seeds/rai. Once it crackles add cumin seeds.
  3. Now add whole chili, crushed ginger, garlic, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and few curry leaves.
  4. Saute and add the boiled chick peas. Turn down the heat and mix everything well.
  5. Add the watermelon puree and season it with salt.
  6. To this add cumin powder & garam masala powder.
  7. Mix it well and let it cook on medium heat for about few minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.
  8. Then add 1 cup of cubed, big Watermelon chunks. Mix well and cook for another few minutes. Test the taste and adjust the seasoning.
  9. Serve this hot with naan/roti/chapati or rice.

 

 

 

 

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Uma Srinivas

    Wow, beautiful looking curry! never had this before but looks like a flavorful and easy curry. The addition of chana and spices will definitely make the watermelon curry tastier!

    1. Lata Lala

      Absolutely right Uma. The combination is awesome. Thanks for writing in.

  2. I never heard of watermelon sabji before, sounds quite interesting, it is easy, quick and delicious. Perfect with some hot parathas.

  3. Archana

    Wow this is an unusual recipe using watermelon and chana. Sounds so delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing I must try this watermelon chickpea curry in my kitchen.

    1. Lata Lala

      Indeed it’s a wonderful and unusual combination worth trying Archana.
      Thank you heaps for stopping by.

  4. Mayuri Patel

    Wow, I’ve heard of watermelon curry but have not tasted it or tried it at home. Have used the watermelon rind to make a curry. With chickpeas, I definitely will have to give this tempting and delicious looking Rajasthani Tarbooj Chana Sabzi a try.

    1. Lata Lala

      Mayuri I am sure you will love this, please do try this. Thank you for writing in.

  5. Poonam Bachhav

    I tried making a stir-fry with watermelon Rind last week and it turned out great. Now I have another delicacy to try out with watermelon. Thanks for the interesting share.

    1. Lata Lala

      This is totally worth trying Poonam. Do give this a try and thank you for writing in.

  6. Sapana Behl

    I have once tried watermelon rind sabzi but never thought you could use watermelon itself to make curries. This chickpea and tarbooj curry look and sounds so delicious.

  7. Pavani

    5 stars
    This is the most unusual and absolutely delicious recipe with watermelon that I have come across. Love the addition of chana in here – healthy and tasty dish. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  8. Seema Sriram

    We make a stew with watermelon rind and rajma, a thin stew and love it. This sabji looks even more inviting, I am sure to try it soon.

    1. Lata Lala

      The idea of stew with rind and rajma sounds good Seema. That’s the beauty of Indian cuisine.
      Thank you for writing in.

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