Monday, June 22, 2009

Pindi Chole [Garbanzo beans desi style]

Pindi Chole [Garbanzo beans desi style]
Chole or Kabuli chana is the signature Punjabi dish. But everyone has a different way of cooking it. It is full of protein and packed with flavors. Great for parties and potlucks. This is my mom’s chole recipe, which comes out perfect every single time.


For Pindi Chole: [ 6 servings]
Kabuli Chana or Chole [Garbanzo beans]dry – 1.5 cup
Tea bags- 2

Dry Ingredients for gravy:
Whole garam masala – 1 tbsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
Chana Masala -1.5 tbsp

Wet Ingredients for gravy:
Onion -3/4 (pureed or finely chopped)
Tomato puree -1 cups
Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Green chili -1 tsp (finely chopped) [Optional]
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Salt as per taste

  • Wash dry Kabuli Chana or Chole a couple of times and soak them overnight in water.
  • Add soaked chole, turmeric powder, salt and 4 cups of water and tea bags in the pressure cooker. Pressure cook it for 30 minutes on medium heat.
  • For gravy, heat olive oil in a pan. Add whole garam masala. Let it crackle. Then add pureed onions and sauté it, till turns light golden. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped green chilies (optional). Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree, red chili powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder in the gravy and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Discard the tea bags from the boiled chole. Add the gravy to the boiled chole and add a cup of water and simmer it on low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, add chana masala and let it simmer for 2 more minutes.
Garnish the Pindi chole with freshly chopped cilantro and serve with halved lemons.
Enjoy with fresh naan, paratha or steamed basmati rice.

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