February 19, 2013

Spicy Chole Masala

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Who doesn't love the spicy tangy flavored channa/chole with hot hot Puris,bhatoora,naan or simple phulka rotis.. Ohh..just heavenly !!! I am no exception either.
There are ever so many variations used in the preparation of chole in different house holds.The below version is the recipe used in our household.Hope you enjoy!

Preparation Time : 10 hours
Cooking time : 45 mins
Serves : 3-4

Spicy Chole Masala


100 grams kabuli channa/chick peas/garbanzo beans
2-3 tomatoes
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
1 tbsp channa/chole masala (Everest,Badshah,MDH ..any brand)
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 cardamoms/elaichi
2 lavang / cloves
1 tsp saunf
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
2-3 green chillies
pinch of turmeric
corriander/cilantro - garnish


  • Soak the chick peas/kabuli channa overnight
  • Pressure cook the soaked beans with a pinch of salt until soft.
  • Make a puree of the tomatoes,green chillies and saunf.
  • Heat oil in a wok,add the jeera,cardamoms and elaichi.
  • Saute the onion until light pink.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is lost.
  • Pour in the tomato puree,turmeric,salt,chole masala and cook until oil separates from the gravy.
  • Add the cooked chole into the gravy,if the gravy feels too thick,you may add some water.
  • Allow it to boil ,till you get very good aroma.
  • Turn off the stove,garnish with cilantro,raw onions and serve with rotis,naan,puri,flavored rice or bhatoora.
  • If you like a little tangy flavor,you may squeeze a dash of lime juice.

Naan and Chole Masala

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