Chole, Indian Chickpea Curry


In my opinion, chole is simply mouthwatering. Chole (chana) is a curry made from chickpeas (garbanzo beans). We love to eat this with bhatura, but it is also good with rice or roti. Here is how I usually make our chole, which is nice and spicy.


  • Garbanzo beans, 1 can, liquid reserved or 1 cup dry, cooked, liquid saved
  • red chilis, 2
  • green chilis, 2 diced
  • onion, 1 diced
  • tomato, 1 medium chopped
  • cumin seeds, 1 tsp
  • coriander seeds, 1 tsp
  • black cardamom, 1
  • cloves, 3
  • green cardamom, 3
  • cinnamon, 1 inch piece
  • garlic ginger paste, 2 tsp
  • turmeric, 1/2 tsp
  • coriander powder, 1 heaping tsp
  • cumin powder, 1 tsp
  • kasoori methi, 1 tbsp
  • chana masala, 2 tbsp
  • salt, to taste
  • coriander leaves, 1 tbsp chopped
  • oil, 2-3 tbsp

To Make:

Add oil to a pan and heat in between medium and medium high. Add red chilis, black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom, and coriander seeds. Once they splutter, add cumin seeds. Once those splutter add onions and cook till golden. Add ginger garlic paste and stir. Add turmeric and stir. Add tomatoes and green chilis. Stir and cook till tomatoes are cooked down. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, and chana masala and give it a stir. It will turn into a tomato type paste. Add the reserved chickpea liquid and stir. Add kasoori methi by putting it in your hands and rubbing them together like you are trying to start a fire with a stick. Add a little water to your desired consistency. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add chickpeas and salt. Cover and let simmer for ten minutes. Adjust spices accordingly and stir in coriander leaves.

Chole with rice


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