Chole / Chickpeas

Another famous delicacy just like Rajma-Chawal, it is Chole-Chawal. You can also enjoy Chole with Puri, Paratha or Phulkas as well. My dad loves it.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 5 mins, Cooking – 45 mins, Total – 50 mins

Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

  1. Chole – 1 cup (soaked overnight or 7-8 hours)
  2. Onion – 1 medium (puree)
  3. Garlic – 3 cloves (puree along with onion)
  4. Tomato – 2 medium (puree)
  5. Ginger – 1 inch (puree along with tomatoes)
  6. Green Chilli – 2 (puree along with tomatoes)
  7. Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp
  8. Black Cardamom – 1
  9. Bay Leaf – 1
  10. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  11. Asafoetida – 1/6 tsp
  12. Red Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  13. Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  14. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  15. Chole Masala powder – 2 tsp
  16. Water -3.5 to 4 cups
  17. Oil – 2 tbsp
  18. Salt to taste

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Chole:

  1. Add chole, water, black cardamom, bay leaf and salt in a pressure cooker
  2. Close the lid and let the first whistle blow on high flame, then cook for 25 mins on low flame
  3. Meanwhile heat oil in a pan
  4. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add asafoetida
  5. Add onion and garlic puree. Cook till golden brown
  6. Add tomatoes, ginger and green chillies puree. Saute
  7. Add spices – red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and chole masala powder. Cook till oil starts to separate
  8. Once chole are cooked for 25 mins, release the pressure and add the cooked masala to it. Mix well
  9. Close the lid and let it cook for another 20 mins on low-medium flame or until chole are soft. If required add more water at this point
  10. Once cooked add coriander leaves
  11. Your Chole are ready
  12. Serve hot with steamed rice, jeera rice or puris.

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