How to make Chole -

This chickpea preparation in an onion tomato masala is the best accompaniment to bhature.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Chickpeas, Potatoes (आलू)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian


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Chole Recipe Card


The better half of bhature – this Punjabi style chickpea preparation is a nationwide hit. Pressure cooked chicken peas tossed in an onion tomato curry spiced with a classic spice mix known as chana masala and served with fried potato cubes on top. It tastes best along with bhature which are the king size version of puris, but you can enjoy chole just as much with rice or chapattis too.

Prep Time : 6-7 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chole Recipe

  • Chickpeas soaked 1 cup

  • Potatoes cubed 2

  • Tea leaves 1 tablespoon

  • Dried Indian gooseberry (amla) 2-3

  • Oil 5 tablespoons

  • Onions Chopped 2 medium

  • Green chillies slit 4-6

  • Tomato puree 1 cup

  • Chana masala 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Drain the chickpeas and place them in a pressure cooker with four cups of water. Tie tealeaves and amla in muslin cloth to form a bundle and add it to the cooker.

Step 2

Cook under pressure for six to eight whistles or till the chickpeas are completely cooked and soft.

Step 3

Drain the chickpeas and reserve the cooking liquour. Discard the bundle of tealeaves and amla. Heat two tablespoons oil in a pan and sauté onions and green chillies till lightly browned.

Step 4

Heat the remaining oil in another pan and fry the potato cubes till golden. Add chana masala to the onions and continue to sauté for half a minute.

Step 5

Add tomato puree and mix and sauté for two to three minutes. Add boiled chickpeas and salt and mix. Add cooking liquour as required and simmer for three to four minutes.

Step 6

Transfer the chole into a serving bowl, place the fried potatoes over the top and serve hot with bhatures.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.