Monday, July 18, 2011

Punjabi Chole

Punjabi chole cooked with tea leaves, gives a dark color to the chole. Usually it's served along with poori or batura or roti. I have used mustard oil to cook chole, but if one doesn't prefer mustard oil, then use ghee or any other vegetable oil.


To cook Chana

500 gram - Kabuli chana, soaked overnight
2 tsp - Tea leaves
Salt to taste

Other ingredients

1/2 tsp - red chili powder
1 tsp - Coriander powder
1/2 tsp - Black salt
2 - Bay leaves
1/2 tsp - Jeera/ cumin seeds

Masala -1 { grind to a paste }

2 big - Onion, chopped
2 big - Tomato, chopped
6 to 8 flakes - Garlic
1.5'' - Ginger
2 to 3 - Green chili
4 to 5 sprigs - Coriander leaves

Garam masala - Roast & powder

1.5 tsp - Jeera /cumin seeds
4 - Cloves
2 to 3 sticks - Cinnamon
2 - Black cardamom
1/2 tsp - Black peppercorns

Masala -2 { to powder }

1 tbsp to 1.5 tbsp -Powdered pomegranate seeds
1 big pinch - Kasoori methi leaves


1 ) Soak chana over night in enough water. Wash and drain well. Then transfer the chana to a pressure cooker. Pour enough water to cover the chana, tea leaves wrapped and tied in muslin cloth and salt to taste. Pressure cook for 20 minutes or till the chana is soft. Open the cooker, once cool and discard the muslin cloth.

2 ) Prepare the masala's - First prepare the dry masala's. In a pan dry roast the ingredients listed for garam masala on low heat till the spices release a good aroma and the jeera is well roasted. Powder the spices in a blender and set aside. Then powder the second masala mix and set aside. Then grind to a smooth paste all the ingredients listed for masala -1 and set as side.

3 ) In a big kadai, heat 2 to 3 tbsp mustard oil to a smoking greenish color. Once the mustard oil is smoking hot, turn off the stove and cool the oil a bit. Once cool add jeera, bay leaves and fry for a second. Keep the heat low, then add masala -1 mixture to the oil, stir and cook the masala till oil separates. To prevent splashing of the masala all over when frying, cover with a lid and cook. Stir in between.

4 ) Once the oil separates, add, red chili powder, coriander powder, black salt, and the prepared garam masala powder. Stir and fry for a few seconds. Then add the cooked chana and water. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes on low heat. Adjust salt to taste.

5 ) Now open the lid and add powdered masala -2 mix, stir and cook for few more minutes. Turn off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves and serve with onion rings, green chili, lemon wedges.

Serve hot with batura/ poori or roti.


Nitha said...

Love to have this with battoora..

Hari Chandana said...

Looks spicy and delicious.. Simply inviting.. Love it :)
Indian Cuisine

Prathima Rao said...

Yummy, tempting punjabi chole...!!!
Prathima Rao
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Subi said...

chole is one dish which I absolutely love and cannot make. I will try this recipe and hope i will not mess it up:-)

Rinku Naveen said...

Chole looks spicy and delicious!

mom22boys said...

hey post recipe for batura sometime. the choley looks yum.
shall try out for sure!