Aloo chole ki sabzi recipe with step by step photos – This is a delicious Punjabi dish made with potatoes and white chickpeas. It is usually had for breakfast and is served with hot pooris.
The combo of aloo chole masala with poori and mango pickle is simply delicious and thats how they are served in Punjab.
Although, at few places, it is served with pooris which are made in pure ghee. So that makes this a delicious combo and a very heavy breakfast meal for the start of the day. But I fry the pooris in oil and not ghee.
This aloo chole recipe is adapted from book “The dhabas of Amritsar” by Yashbir Sharma. The author Yashbir Sharma has mentioned that in the early 50’s this chana masala recipe was the signature dish of Kwality restaurant in Connaught place, Delhi.
Kwality ke chole is still famous in Delhi. I have never had chole from kwality so I cannot compare. But I can tell you the aloo chole was awesome.
There are many variations of making aloo chole from dry to semi gravy to a curry version. Chole are made in so many ways in north India. Each family has its own way of making them. This is a no onion no garlic version of aloo chana masala.
Few such delicious variations of Chole recipes posted on blog are:
This aloo chole sabzi goes best with roti, poori, bhature or naan. The aloo are soft and melt in the mouth and are not mashed.
You can have this dish for lunch or dinner also. The gravy consistency can be altered as per your requirement by adding more or less water.
How to make aloo chole sabzi
1. Soak the dried chickpeas or chole in enough water overnight or for 8-9 hours. Later drain the water.
2. Rinse the potatoes very well. In a pressure cooker, add the chickpeas, potatoes and 3-4 cups water.
3. Pressure cook on medium to high flame for 7-9 whistles. Remove the potatoes and peel and quarter or dice them. Strain the stock of the chickpeas and keep it aside.
4. Make a fine powder of the “Chana masala spices” (1 tej patta, 3 to 4 cloves, 5 to 6 whole black pepper, 1 inch cinnamon and 2 black cardamoms). Also make a paste of the dry pomegranate seeds or anardana. You can use 6 to 7 teaspoon water for grinding the pomegranate seeds.
5. In a pan take the cooked & drained chickpeas and add the pomegranate seeds paste.
6. Stir and cook on a low to medium flame stirring occasionally, till the liquids dry up. now add the tomatoes, green chilies, the ground chana masala powder, red chili powder, green chilies and 1 cup of the strained chana stock (the stock in which the chickpeas & potatoes were cooked).
7. Stir well and add the boiled potatoes, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt as required. Let the gravy cook for 8 to 10 minutes on low to medium flame.
8. Heat 1.5 tbsp oil or ghee in a small pan. Add this hot ghee or oil to the chana mixture.
9. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add ¾ to 1 cup water and continue to cook for further 4-5 minutes till the gravy thickens a bit. Check the taste and add more salt if required.
10. Lastly add ½ tbsp of hot oil or ghee. Switch off the fire and stir in the ginger juliennes, coriander leaves and green chilies (slit or sliced).
11. Stir and Serve aloo chole sabzi hot with roti, pooris or bhatura or naan or roomali roti. It will also taste great with plain paratha or lachha paratha. They can also be packed for lunch box with roti or plain paratha.
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- 1 cup chole (dried white chickpeas or white chana)
- 3 to 4 medium potatoes
- 3 to 4 cups water for pressure cooking
- salt as required
for making chana masala powder
- 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
- 3 to 4 cloves
- 5 to 6 whole black pepper
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 2 black cardamoms
for pomegranate seeds paste
- 2 teaspoon dry pomegranate seeds
- 6 to 7 teaspoon water for grinding the pomegranate seeds
- 3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
- 2 to 3 green chilies or as required – slit or sliced
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper or paprika
- 2 tablespoon oil or 2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
- ½ inch ginger, julienned
- 1 green chili, sliced (optional)
- 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
- salt as required
preparation for aloo chole ki sabzi
- Soak the dried chickpeas or chole in enough water overnight or for 8-9 hours. Drain the water.
- Rinse the potatoes very well. In a pressure cooker, add the chickpeas, potatoes and 3-4 cups water. Pressure cook on medium to high flame for 7-9 whistles.
- Remove the potatoes and peel and quarter or dice them.
- Strain the stock of the chickpeas and keep it aside.
- Make a fine powder of the spices mentioned under the “Chana masala powder” list in a dry grinder.
- Make a paste of the dry pomegranate seeds. Keep aside. If you want you can strain the pomegranate seeds paste.
making aloo chole ki sabzi
- In a kadai or pan, take the drained chickpeas and stir in the pomegranate seeds paste.
- Cook on a low to medium flame stirring occasionally, till the liquids dry up.
- Now add the potatoes, tomatoes, green chilies, the ground chana masala powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and 1 cup of the strained chana stock.
- Stir well and let the gravy cook for 8 to 10 minutes on low to medium flame.
- Heat 1.5 tbsp ghee or oil in a small pan.
- Add this hot oil or ghee to the chana mixture. Stir and cook for 2-3 mins.
- Then add ¾ to 1 cup water and continue to cook for further 4-5 minutes or till the gravy thickens. You can adjust the thickness of gravy as per your preference.
- Check the taste and add more salt if required. Heat the remaining 1/2 tbsp ghee or oil in the same small pan and add the hot oil or ghee to the aloo chana masala.
- Switch off the fire and stir in the ginger juliennes, coriander leaves and green chilies.
- Serve aloo chana sabzi hot with bhatura or roti or plain paratha or naan. It can also be packed for lunch box.
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