Punjabi Chola

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  • Aug 07, 2020

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Kabuli Chana in Hindustani, Chole is the name for the larger and lighter coloured chickpea. Punjabi Chola masala is one of the most popular curry dishes from India.

It is a delicious and protein pack Chola curry recipe. In north India, no wedding or party is complete without chole masala on the menu.

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Punjabi Chola [Recipe]

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Punjabi Chola masala is one of the most popular curry dishes from India. Chole is the name for the larger and lighter coloured chickpea.
(Rating: 5 from 11 reviews)

Prep time ⏲ Cook time ⏲ Total time ⏲
40 mins
Category πŸ“š Cuisine 🍴 Serves πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³
Curry Indian 3-5
Nutrition Info πŸ“œ Serving size πŸ•
244 calories 1 serving


For Pressure Cooking:
  • 2 cups raw chickpeas
  • 1 Big Cardamom
  • 5-6 green cardamom
  • 4-5 black peppercorn
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Tea 1Tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 cups water
For the Chole Curry:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon mustered
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 3/4 cup pureed onion
  • 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cups pureed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Chole Masala
  • 1 Spoon Dry Mango Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel powder
  • 1 Chola Masala
  • Salt to taste
For garnishing:
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Coriander


How to make Punjabi Chola:
  1. Wash dry chola under running cold water till water runs clear.
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  3. Soak them in water for overnight. After soaking they will double up in size. drain the water.
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  5. In a pressure cooker add the soaked and drained chickpeas, 1 spoon tea , bay leaves, cardamom Big and Green, cinnamon stick, black pepper, cloves, salt and 4 to 5 cups water.
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  7. Pressure cook at flame till you get 7-8 whistles.
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  9. In a wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil.once hot add a little bit of ghee for taste and Aroma.
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  11. Add Mustered, Cumin Seeds, Onion Paste, Fry the onions till the raw smell goes away and they are light golden brown in color.
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  13. Add green Chili ginger-garlic paste and cook for 3-4 minutes.
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  15. Add Chopped green Chili and ginger.
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  17. Now add the tomato puree , stir and let it cook for few minutes.
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  19. Add bay leaf, Coriander Powder, Turmeric, Kashmiri Red Chili powder (for Colour), Fennel Powder, Salt to taste.
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  21. Add Chola Masala, Dry Mango Powder(Amchur Powder).
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  23. Add 1/2 cup water and stir well so that it not get stick in bottom, add Kasuri Methi and Lid for few minute.
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  25. Add the chickpeas next and stir will all the chickpeas are coated with the spices, around 2 minutes.
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  27. Garnish with some ghee and Coriander leaf.
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  1. Add tea bags while cooking chickpeas in the pressure cooker, that’s because the tea bags help in giving chole a dark brown/black color.
  2. You can use canned chickpeas to Reduce the pressure cooking time. I do not prefer to use canned products and processed food. But the choice is yours.

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