Chole Masala

Chole masala is a yummy Punjabi dish which is famous all over India. There are many ways to make chole masala. This recipe is closer to the Punjabi style chole masala. The beans used for this recipe are also known as kabuli/garbanzo beans. To get the dark color of the recipe, the beans are boiled along with the tea bag; which also gives a unique flavor. This delicious dish goes very well with bhatura, poori, roti, parathas or naan, as well as rice too. Chole masala is a easy recipe and loved by all.

Chole Masala
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Servings Prep Time
4 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Chole Masala
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
For Boiling
For Chole Masala
Instructions
  1. Soak chole chana( garbanzo beans) in water overnight. Next day, boil soaked chana in a pressure cooker along with tea bag, and all the spices listed in ingredients. For Boiling, take 2 cups of water. After first whistle reduce the heat to medium and let it whistle for at least 4 -5 times so that it is boiled well. Turn off the heat and let it cool down.
  2. Strain boiled chana into a bowl. Keep the residual water which will be used to make the gravy. Remove the whole spice pieces and tea bag from the boiled chana.
  3. While chana is boiling, prepare the masala. Heat oil in kadhai at medium to high heat. Once it's hot, reduce the heat to medium. Add cumin seeds as well as bay leaves and wait for the color to change. Add chopped onion, ginger & garlic paste, hing and a little salt. Saute the onion till golden color(for about 10-12 minutes). Add chopped tomatoes ( you can grind the tomato to make a puree), turmeric powder and saute it till tomato gets mushy.
  4. Add chole masala, coriander & cumin powder, red chili, amchoor powder to it. Saute it for 2 minutes till masala gets nicely fried. Add boiled chana in the masala and saute it for 1 minute.
  5. Add boiled chana water which we stored earlier. If you want more gravy then add more water to it. Stir and cover it, Let it boil for 2 minutes at medium heat. Add garam masala as well as kasoori methi and mix. Turn off the heat. Leave it covered for 10 minutes.
  6. Yummy chole masala is ready to served. Transfer it in a serving bowl.
  7. Serve it with bhatura, or any Indian bread or rice.
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