21 January 2009


Chhole is white chickpeas cooked in a spiced onion-tomato gravy. It is another classic dish for cold winters and can be served with parathas, puris, tikkis, pattice or chaat .
You need:
250 gms white chickpeas/chhole soaked overnight
2 sticks of cinnamon
4 cloves
4 cardamoms
4 green chillies slit
1 large onion chopped
3 large tomatoes pureed
a few slices of ginger
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp amchur/mango powder
1/2 tsp anardhana powder
coriander leaves finely chopped
Pressure cook the chickpeas/chhole with plenty of water, salt and ginger slices. Keep aside. Heat oil in a pan, add the onion and fry till it turns golden brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and stir fry for a minute. Add the whole spices and spice powders and fry for a minute. Add the tomato puree and green chillies and fry till oil leaves the sides. Now add the cooked chhole/chickpeas along with the water and simmer for 15-20 minutes till the right consistency is achieved and the chhole soaks in the spice from the gravy. Alternatively you can pressure cook the gravy for two whistles. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with puris or parathas with sliced onions, tomatoes and pickles on the side.


Priti said...

Looks so yummy....I just love chole....nice presentation

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow spicy, yummy and tempting.. If u are intrested you can send this to MLLA and JFI.

Asha said...


Yeah, once we went to dinner with a punjabi family home and they served Chole like chaat for appetizer, sprinkled with sev and onions. I had never thought of chole that way before, it was so good!:))

Superchef said...

my all time favourite...chhole and batura!!

sra said...

That looks classically handsome, Jyothsna! Now I want it for dinner!

Mallika said...

Yummy! This and bhatura are the perfect combo.

Mallugirl said...

oh yum.. chole is so good with anything..here at a chaat lace, they serve all kinds of stuff with chole...tikki, kachori, chaat, samosa....but bature chole is the way to go for me.

Seena said...

I love it in any form.. :)
howz there dear, has been long since meet you.. :)

Sandeepa said...

Yum, yum...looks terrific

Trupti said...

chole looks yummy

Susan said...

Well, you know me now - I would love this! The amchur and anardhana must give it that gorgeous, complex tang of flavors just hinted at in the background.

(J - Please check your email. Just sent you a message re: MLLA hosting op.)

Anonymous said...

Chole is my favorite dish. It is looking so delicious and yummy. Thanks for posting the recipe.


Anukampa said...

wow chole looks amazing..nice presentation..they look so tempting.