If you are using the potatoes, start boiling them in a saucepan. Let them boil for at least 15 minutes. After they are done, turn off the heat and let them stand in the water.
While the potatoes are cooking, heat the oil in a wide skillet till it is very hot. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they start popping. Add bayleaves, cardamom and cloves.
Mix around for a while and then add onions. Wait till onion start to turn golden before adding the rest of the spices (except for the Garam Masala).
Add chick-peas with all the liquid. Cut up the potatoes into bite sized pieces and add to the skillet. Add Garam Masala.
Continue stirring the chick-peas under medium heat for 5-7 minutes without covering.
Check tenderness of potatoes. If they are still too hard, add another 1/4 cup of water and cook for another couple of minutes.
Salt to taste and serve.
Recipe By : Somesh Rao