Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2-3
  • 1 Cup White Chick peas/Kabuli Chana soaked overnight or minimum for 5-6 hours
  • 1 large sized Onion finely cut
  • 2 large sized tomatoes grinded into puree
  • 1 Green chili cut lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 8-10 black pepper
  • 1-1.5 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 6-7 dried red chilies(medium spicy)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Tea leaf
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Cooking Oil and Salt
  • Fresh Coriander leaves for garnishing
  1. We must Pressure cook white chick peas in a pressure cooker. We will use 2½ cup of water for 1 cup of White chick peas. Add 1 tspoon salt.
  2. Make a small Tea bag using 1 tspoon of tea-leaf. Add this tea-bag to the chick peas. Tea-leaves are used to enhance the color and flavor of chick peas.
  3. Pressure cook the chick peas on medium flame for 5 whistles.
  4. When pressure releases completely, open the lid. Remove the tea bag and discard it. Remove the chick peas in a bowl and reserve the excess water.
  5. Dry Roast cumin seeds,whole coriander seeds, black pepper, cinnamon stick, black cardamom, cloves, dried red chilies, bay leaf for at least 1-2 mins.
  6. After 2 mins when you start getting nutty aroma from the spices, turn off the flame and let them cool down. Grind these spices into a fine powder.
  7. Take 2 tbspoon cooked chick peas and grind it into a coarse paste. This paste will be used to thicken the gravy
  8. Heat 3 tbspoon oil in a pan. Add Onion and roast it until it becomes tender.
  9. When Onions become slightly tender, add green chilly and ginger-garlic paste. Roast it for 2-3 mins to get rid of the raw smell.
  10. Now add tomato puree and salt as per taste and roast for 2 minutes.
  11. Note: We already added some salt when we pressure cooked chick peas.
  12. When Tomato puree is cooked, add turmeric powder, Kashmiri chilly powder, sugar and finely grounded dry spices powder. Roast this mixture for couple of minutes
  13. When Masala get nicely roasted, add cooked chick peas, coarse paste of chick peas and the excess water.
  14. Cook the gravy for 4-5 mins on medium flame, thereafter turn off the flame.
  15. Treat yourself with this delicious Chole Masala.You can Enjoy this with Roti, Naan, steamed rice or Bhatura.
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