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Chole Bhature Or Chana Masala

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Chole also known as chana masala is a white chickpeas flavoured with a wide range of spice powders, notably a special Chole Masala, along with onions, ginger and garlic. Another special aspect of this famous street food is the cooking of the chana with tea, to give a rich flavour and color to it.This is best enjoyed with bhatura; a puffed and deep fried flat Indian bread. There are many variations while making chole, here I am sharing Punjabi Chole recipe along with the bhatura recipe in the same post.Simple and easy-to-make it makes for a great recipe for get togethers. Note – (Soak the chickpeas overnight or for minimum 7-8 hours)
Prep Time 7 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 500 grams – chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 2 tea bags
  • 1/2 teaspoon – turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 4 tbsp – oil
  • 4 tbsp – ginger chili paste
  • 2 tbsp – gram flour
  • 2 tbsp – tamarind paste
  • 3 medium size – onions grated
  • 3 medium size – potato boiled , peeled and cubed
  • 4 to matoes chopped
  • For Making Powder: 2 teaspoon – chili powder
  • 3 teaspoon – nigella seed
  • 3 teaspoon – pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoon- cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp – garam masala
  • 2 tbsp – coriander seeds
  • 1 no. – black cardamom
  • 3-4 no. – bay leaves
  • 7-8 no. – black peppercorns
  • To Garnish : Sliced Onions


  • Pressure cook the chickpeas in which they were soaked in with half a teaspoon of turmeric and half teaspoon of salt.
  • Make a strong tea with these 2 tea bags and 1 cup of water. Add this to the chickpeas and pressure cook until soft.
  • While the chickpea is cooked, In a iron pan, add little oil and roast all the ingredients to be powdered until brown.Cool the spices and powder it finely.
  • In a heavy saucepan , heat oil, when the oil is sufficiently hot, add al the powdered spices, gram flour and roast until dark brown. Add onions, ginger-ccilli paste and tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the cooked chickpeas along with little water, tamarind paste and potatoes. Mix well. Add little extra water if required. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. Mix well until the spices chickpeas and water are incorporated well. Do the salt test & mix.
  • Garnish with sliced onions and serve hot with bhatura, naan or you can also serve it as chaat with tikki.


How to soak and cook chole-
  • Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight or 7-8 hours in sufficient quantity of water as the chana will double in size after soaking it.
  • In a pressure cooker, add soaked chickpeas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, tea and water. Pressure cook for 9-10 whistles or until the chole is soft.
  • Use fresh spices to achieve rich flavors.
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Hi! I am Paarul.I am a food enthusiast and passionate about cooking delicious Indian food as a part of everyday busy life.

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