Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chole Masala

Chole chawal wid lime juice and chopped onions over it. One of the most relishing and sought after dishes on the streets of delhi. The Chole Bhatura counters in Karol Bagh serve this sumptuous dish which tastes great. Today I am posting this recipe of chole masala which is perfect when served with hot bhaturas and Jeera or Onion Rice.


  • 2 cup Safed Chole
  • 2 Tea Bags
  • Salt to taste

For the Gravy:

3+1 medium sized onion (3 in paste and 1 julienned)
3 medium sized tomatoes (pureed)
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
2 green chillies
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 whole red chillies
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp chole masala
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp mango powder (amchur)
Coriander to Garnish


  • Soak the Chole overnight.
  • In the morning pressure cook the cholas wid 2 tea bags and 1 tbsp salt. Let it boil for 20-25 min.
  • Now, make a paste of onions+ green chillies.
  • Heat oil in a kadahi, add in the cumin seeds + whole red chillies in it.
  • When it stops to clutter, add in the onion paste+ ginger paste+ garlic paste. Mix it well.
  • Let it cook for 20 minutes until the onion is well cooked.
  • Add in the julienned onions.
  • When it turns red, add in the tomato paste also.
  • Add all the masalas (chole masala+ cumin powder + coriander powder + red chilly powder + garam masala + amchur)
  • Mix all the ingredients well.
  • Let the masala to cook for another 20-25 minutes. Till the tomatoes are well cooked and it turns brown in colour.
  • Add in come coriander leaves.
  • When the masala is cooked, add in the water from the chola. After one boil add in the chole also.
  • Let it simmer on low flame for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with bathura, naan or jeera ice.

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