How to make Chhole -

chikpeas cooked in thick gravy.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Chickpeas, Tea Leaves (चाय की पत्ती )

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Chhole checkout Kale Chholay, Palak Chole, Jain Punjabi Chole, Chana Pindi . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Sookhi Urad Dal Amritsari Soppina Palya Soya Cashew Chilli Guar Ki Sabzi


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Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chhole Recipe

  • Chickpeas 1 1/2 cups

  • Tea Leaves 1/4 cup

  • Tea leaves 1 tablespoon

  • Dried Indian gooseberry (amla) 5-6 pieces

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Green chillies slit 4-6 scoops

  • Onions grated 2 medium

  • Ginger paste 2 tablespoons

  • Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Coriander powder 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Dry mango powder (amchur) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Pomegranate seeds (anardana) crushed 1 teaspoon

  • Tomatoes,pureed 3 medium

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Green chutney 3 tablespoons

  • Green chutney 1/4 cup

  • Onion grated 1/2 small

  • Salt to taste

  • Dry mango powder (amchur) 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Sugar 1/4 teaspoon


Step 1

Soak chickpeas in water overnight. Drain. Tie tealeaves and dried Indian gooseberries (amla) in muslin cloth to form a bundle.Add this bundle to the chickpeas. Boil with five cups of water and salt till done. Take out the tea bundle, strain the chick peas and reserve the cooking liquour.

Step 2

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and sauté. When they begin to change colour, add slit green chillies, grated onion and sauté for eight to ten minutes. When the mixture turns brown, add ginger paste, garlic paste, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, dry mango powder and crushed pomegranate seeds. Sauté for four to five minutes. Add fresh tomato puree. Mix and add boiled chickpeas and salt to taste. When it comes to a boil lower heat. Add chopped coriander leaves, garam masala powder and mix. Add a little of the reserved cooking liquour if required to adjust the consistency.

Step 3

Cover and simmer for fifteen minutes. When done add green chutney. Mix and serve hot. The typical Amritsari chutney which goes with this preparation is made as following: Take green chutney in a bowl, add grated onion, salt, amchur powder and red chilli powder. Mix with a spoon, dilute with two tablespoons of water and finish with sugar. Mix and serve with Chhole.

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