Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Chole Masala

Chole is one dish which has a special place in every Indians heart. When you ask your mom causally...."Mom whats there for dinner" ? and in reply when your mom say " its Chole", a smile starts spreading on your lips and all of a sudden you feel hungry and all ready for dinner. That's the effect of Chole on Indian hearts.

Lets check out the recipe of Chole that I tried last weekend.

Ingredients  - Serving -  2-3 people
Chick peas / Chole - 1-1/2 cup
Onion - 1 - 2 finely chopped
Tomatoes - 2nos
Ginger - Garlic Paste - 1.1/2 tsp
Bay Leaves - 2 nos
Red Chilli Powder - 1tsp
Tumeric powder -  1/2 tsp
Corriander powder - 1tsp
Pinch or two - Asafoetida
Roasted Cumin Powder - 1tsp
Dry Mango Powder  - 1tsp
Garam Masala - 1tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1tsp
Lemon Juice 


Soak the  chick peas overnight and boil it. You can either boil the chole first and then prepare the masala or you can prepare the masala first then add chole and pressure cook till  6-7 whistles.

Cut tomatoes into half and puree them by adding little water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, put Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaves and asafoetida. Let it splutter, add finely chopped onions and saute till slight brown .

Then comes ginger garlic paste, saute well till the raw smells disappears. Add tomato puree and let it cook till the moisture evaporates. Keep stirring it.

Add cumin powder, red chilli powder, tumeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, dry mango powder and salt as per taste. Saute it well till the whole masala is cooked properly and oil starts leaving sides.

Now comes the time where you have to put the boiled Chickpeas to the masala, add 2-3 cups of water or as per the desired thickness of the gravy and pressure cook it,  as good as 6-7 whistles.

Once done, open the lid add little lemon juice to the gravy and stir it well before removing it in a bowl and serving hot. Have it with chapati, paratha, rice or bhatura.

Enjoy !!!

If you like this recipe, then do try it out at home and let me know how it turned out to be. There are many more recipes on the way so stay tuned.


  1. That looks so delicious! I have most of the ingredients, too, except for mango powder, which I will have to order off of the internet. Can't wait to try this recipe!


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    1. Chole can be made in so many versions... I tried making Amritsari Chole yesterday and it turned out pretty good. Did not capture pics so maybe next time when I make it, will post on the blog.