Chole / Chana masala (chickpeas Punjabi style)

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'Chole Bhture' is a dish synonymous with the Punjabi community in India and is being loved by the entire Indian people. It's a one of the most popular dishes and is available in every Indian restaurant.

I have provided the 'Chole' preparation here.

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10 Min


25 Min


1 c
chole (chickpeas) [soaked in sufficient water overnight]
2 Tbsp
onion chopped
1/2 c
tomato puree
1 tsp
ginger paste
1 Tbsp
chana masala
bay leaf
1/2 tsp
green chilli, chopped
1 tsp
red chilli powder
1/4 tsp
cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp
cardomom powder [optional]
2 Tbsp
salt to taste
teabag [optional]

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook chikpeas with sufficient water (2 - 2.5 cups) with cinnamon, cardomom, little salt and pinch of baking soda till very soft. Traditionally people use a tea bag while cooking chole to give it a dark colour.
Heat oil in a wok, add bay leaf and onion. Saute onion in medium heat till light brown, add tomato puree and cook till oil separetes. Add chole / chana masala and cook for 1/2 a minute. Add cooked chickpeas, salt, ginger, 1/2 cup water and red chilli powder. Cook for about 10-15 minutes till the gravy is thick. Adjust the gravy consistency as per your taste.
serve with fresh coriander and onion.

About this Recipe

Regional Style: Asian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy