Goan Style Black Chickpeas And Cucumber Masala Recipe (Taushem Tondak)

The Taushem Tondak is a delicious Goan style Black Chickpeas and Cucumber Masala Curry that is made in a tangy and spicy coconut base. Taushem means cucumber and tondak means masala gravy. The addition of Kabuli chana or black chickpeas to this tondak to make it a bit unique and a twist I have given to the recipe. You can add any type of gram to this tondak to make it a high protein and wholesome dish.  Cucumber, Kala Chana (Brown Chickpeas), Fresh coconut, Dry Red Chillies, Tamarind, Coriander (Dhania) Seeds, Turmeric powder (Haldi), Whole Black Peppercorns, Sugar, Salt   2 cups Cucumber , peeled and cubed  1/2 cup Kala Chana (Brown Chickpeas) , soaked in water For the gravy 1 cup Fresh coconut , grated  4 Dry Red Chillies 1 Tamarind , marble sized ball 1 teaspoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 5 Whole Black Peppercorns 1/4 teaspoon Sugar Salt , to taste     15   30     To begin making the Black Chickpeas And Cucumber Masala Recipe, we will first soak the black chickpeas in water for at least 8 hours or overnight hours. Once soaked pressure-cook in a pressure cooker until it is cooked through and soft. Its takes about 30 minutes to cook the chickpeas and sometimes a little more time. Steam the cucumber in a steamer for about 5 minutes. Once cooked through, keep aside.Grind the ingredients meant for gravy by little water water to make a smooth paste.Into a large sauce pan, add the ground paste, the cooked chickpeas, sugar and salt to taste and the steamed cucumber. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Check the salt and spices and adjust to suit your taste. You can also adjust the consistency of the Taushem Tondak by adding a little water to form a gravy. Bring the mixture to a brisk boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Once done, turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl and serve warm.Serve the Black Chickpeas And Cucumber Masala (Taushem Tondak) along with steamed rice for a wholesome lunch or weeknight dinner.