Chole (Chickpea Gravy)

Chole (Chickpea gravy ) is a signature dish served with Indian fried bread (bhature) in punjab, India. It is a popular vegetarian dish throughout Northern India.


  • 250 gms white chick peas (kabuli chana)
  • 1 tsp tamarind
  • ½ tsp Rock salt (kaala namak)
  • 1 pinch cooking soda
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1 bay leaf (large)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic (lehsun) finely chopped
  • 1 ” piece of ginger (adrak) finely chopped
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 cup washed and finely chopped coriander leaves (dhania)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice


  • Wash chickpeas till water runs clear. Soak them in enough water for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain the water. Cook in a pressure cooker with rock salt, cooking soda & tamarind for 25minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, chopped garlic-ginger and salt.
  • Add the chopped onions & sauté them till translucent or light brown.
  • Add the tomatoes. Sauté till the tomatoes soften and till the oil start to leave the sides.
  • Add green chilies, turmeric powder, red chili powder & coriander powder. mix well.
  • Add cooked chick peas to the masala (curry) prepared, Mix very well and simmer for 15-­20 minutes or till the curry becomes thicker.
  • Add garam masala powder, mango powder & lemon juice. Mix well. Cover with lid for 5 minutes.
  • Mash a few chickpeas with the spoon to thicken the gravy or curry.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander, lemon wedges and chopped onion.
  • Serve hot with bhatura (fried Indian bread) & jeera rice.

*Garam masala is available at stores or can be prepared at home.  

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