Amritsari Chole

“Oh!!! I love it. They are so yum.” All of my family and friends have always enjoyed it. It has a delicious and a different taste. It can be enjoyed with a kulcha, naan, puri, phulka or even with rice. Here I share my recipe for Amritsari Chole!!!

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 50 mins, Total – 60 mins

Servings: 3-4


  1. Chickpeas (white chole) – 1 cup (soaked over night)
  2. Black Cardamom – 2
  3. Bay leaf – 2
  4. Cloves – 3
  5. Tea – 2 tsp
  6. Cinnamon – 1
  7. Muslin Cloth – to boil tea along with the chole
  8. Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)
  9. Tomatoes – 2 medium (finely chopped)
  10. Green Chilli – 4 (sliced into half)
  11. Ginger – 1 inch (thinly sliced)
  12. Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  13. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  14. Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  15. Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  16. Fennel powder – 2 tsp
  17. Anardana powder (dried powdered pomegranate seeds) – 1 1/2 tsp
  18. Oil – 3 tbsp
  19. Water – 2-3 cups or as required (to boil chole)
  20. Salt to taste

PS: – 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Amritsari Chole:

  1. Add chole to the pressure cooker. Add bay leaves, black cardamoms and cinnamon
  2. Tie tea in the muslin cloth along with the cloves (make sure it’s tight as it should not open while boiling). Add it to the pressure cooker
  3. Add water and salt. Now pressure cook the chole till soft (usually it takes 30 mins on low flame after the first whistle blows on the high flame)
  4. Once cooked do not release the pressure let it settle down on its own
  5. Open the lid and separate the tea from the chole. Keep aside the chole along with the water
  6. Now heat oil in a pan. Add onions. Saute till golden brown
  7. Add tomatoes, green chillies and ginger
  8. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder and fennel seeds powder. Cook till oil starts to separate
  9. Now add chole to the pan. Mix well
  10. Add anardana powder. Mix well
  11. Cook for 10-15 mins on low-medium flame. Add water if required (it is suppose to have a thick consistency)
  12. Your Amritsari Chole are ready
  13. Garnish with sliced green chillies, onions and sliced ginger
  14. Serve hot with kulcha, naan, puri or rice.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Looks authentic!

    Liked by 1 person

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