Thursday, September 4, 2008


Recently when my friends came home, I had made chole. Chole is one of my comfort foods after rajma chawal and sambhar. Every one enjoyed my chole. Here is my recipe.


100 gms kabuli chana
2 medium onions
4 medium tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 tablespoon coriander
2 teaspoon jeera or cumin
1 teaspoon anardana
1 tablespoon MDH chana masala
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 boiled potato (optional)
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch piece of ginger
2 green chilies
2 tablespoon oil
4 tablespoon coriander leaves
salt for taste


Soak Kabuli chana for 8- 12 hours. Boil the potato. Pressure cook kabuli chana with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder till soft. The kabuli chana should not be mushy. Don't drain the water after boiling. Chop the ginger and garlic and grind it into a fine paste. Heat oil in a pan and add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds and turmeric. Add ginger and garlic paste. Fry for 30 seconds and add finely chopped onion. Fry till the onion is golden brown. Coarsely grind the tomatoes and green chilies. Add the tomato and chili paste in the pan and fry till the tomatoes are soft. Grind the coriander, remaining cumin and anardana. Add the ground powder, turmeric powder, sugar and chana masala to the chole. Add chili powder as per taste. Fry for a minute. Add the boiled chole with the water in which it was boiled and chopped boiled potato. Add more water as per desired consistency. Cook the chole on a low flame for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Adjust the salt and chili powder. Garnish with coriander leaves and garam masala. Serve with thinly sliced onion and lemon.

Preparation time: 1 hr 15 min excluding the soaking time
Serves: 4-5

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