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Amritsari chole recipe with step by step photos – this amritsari chole masala tastes similar to the chole one gets in the Punjabi joints on the streets of Delhi.

amritsari chole, amritsari chana

This recipe had been requested my many of you when I had posted the garlic naan recipe. So finally posting the amritsari chole recipe. They taste great with bhatura, butter naan and even with aloo tikki. The first day I just served the chole with garlic naan. The next day, I made aloo tikki to go with the chole. The combo of aloo tiki – chole is very famous in north India.

This is an Awesome recipe of Amritsari chole and you must give it a try. I have used organic chole/chickpeas for making the chole and they do taste better than the regular ones. If you love chole then you would like to check a few more chickpea recipes from the blog like:

While boiling the chole/chickpeas, if you add some baking soda, it makes the chole melt in the mouth when they get cooked. If possible use a pressure cooker for cooking the chole/chickpeas, as in a pan they take a longer time.

How to make amritsari chole

Cooking chole/chickpeas

1: first pressure cook the soaked chole (chole have to be soaked overnight or for 8-9 hours) with the whole spices and tea bags or black tea leaves tied tightly in a muslin like a Bouquet garni, along with some black salt. The chole will get a nice dark color of the tea leaves. They should be completely cooked. Strain the chole/chickpeas and reserve the stock.

making amritsari chole recipe

Making onion tomato masala

2: in a pan, heat oil and add chopped onions.

making amritsari chole recipe

3: fry the onions till they become golden brown.

onions to make amritsari chole recipe

4: now add slit green chilies and fry for a minute. Yes the chole is spicy.

making amritsari chole recipe

5: add chopped tomatoes and ginger.

preparing amritsari chole recipe

6: saute the tomatoes till they become soft and mushy.

making amritsari chole recipe

Making amritsari chole

7: add the chole and saute for 5-6 minutes.

making amritsari chole recipe

8: add all the dry masala/spice powders.

making amritsari chole recipe

9: stir the spice powders and saute for a minute.

making amritsari chole recipe

10: now add the strained stock to the chole/chickpeas or add the chole to the strained stock. I just removed the chole with a slotted spoon and kept the strained stock in the pressure cooker itself, so added the chole to it.

cooked chole for amritsari chole recipe

11: keep the whole mixture on fire and simmer till the gravy thickens a bit. You don’t want a watery chole. Adjust the spices and seasonings as per your taste preferences.

making amritsari chole recipe

12: when the gravy thickens, add some julienned ginger to the chole.

amritsari chole recipe, how to make amritsari chole

13: stir and serve hot.

amritsari chole recipe, how to make amritsari chole

14: Amritsari chole goes well with pooris, bhatura or naan with some raw chopped onion and lime wedges by the side.

amritsari chole recipe, how to make amritsari chole

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amritsari chole recipe

Amritsari Chole

Amritsari chole masala is white chickpeas curry made in Punjabi style.
4.91 from 41 votes
Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course
Servings 5 to 6


for cooking chickpeas

  • 2 cups dried white chickpeas (kabuli chana or chole) soaked overnight in enough water
  • 2 inch cinnamon sticks
  • 4 to 5 black cardamom
  • 1 large tej patta or 2 medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 4 teaspoon black tea leaves or 3 tea bags
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda, optional
  • salt or black salt as required

for gravy

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 4 to 5 green chillies, slit or julienned
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (ground coriander)
  • 2 teaspoon fennel powder , optional
  • 2 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) or 2 teaspoon dried pomegranate powder (anardana powder)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder or chana masala powder
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon oil
  • some julienned ginger
  • few coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)


cooking chickpeas

  • Firstly soak the dried chickpeas overnight in water or for 8-9 hours.
  • Next day pressure cook the soaked chickpeas adding the whole spices mentioned above with black salt or salt and tea bags or tea leaves wrapped tightly in a muslin cloth.
  • Pressure cook for 8-10 minutes or till the chickpeas are completely cooked.
  • Strain the chickpeas and reserve the stock along with the whole spices. Discard the tea leaves or the tea bags.

making onion tomato masala

  • In a large pan or a large kadai, heat oil. Add the chopped onions. Fry till golden brown.
  • Add slit green chilies and fry for a minute.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and chopped ginger and saute the tomatoes till they become soft and mushy.

making amritsari chole

  • Add the cooked chickpeas (chole) and saute for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add all the spice powders, stir and saute for a minute.
  • Now add the strained stock about 2.5 to 3 cups to the chole. If the stock is less you can add some water.
  • Keep the whole mixture on fire and simmer till the curry thickens a bit.
  • When the gravy thickens, add some julienned ginger to the gravy.
  • Check the salt and seasonings and add more if required.
  • Stir and serve amritsari chole hot garnished with coriander leaves along with some bhatura, naan, pooris or even steamed basmati rice.


  1. The spices can be adjusted as per your preferences.
  2. This recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  3. You can also use canned chickpeas instead of dried chickpeas.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Amritsari Chole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 960mg27%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 6.3mg35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. The recipe turnout just fine but my chole colour was normal inspire of using tea powder. Though the gravy was nice.Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. thanks ekta. depending on the quality and strength of tea leaves, the color will vary. most welcome.

  2. Came out awesome. I am really fan of ur recipes and presentation of the whole act5 stars

    1. thank you natasha for this lovely feedback. thanks for the rating too. happy cooking

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