easy chole recipe | easy home style chana masala | easy chickpea curry

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home style chana masala recipe - an easy and lightly spiced version of chana or chole or chickpea curry.

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easy chole recipe fwith step by step photos – this one is an easy chole recipe and does not require chana masala spice blend or powder. you also don’t need to make this spice blend at home, as is done in the popular chole recipe already shared on the blog.

easy chole recipe, easy chole masala, punjabi chana masala recipe

again my mom in law’s homely chole recipe that is fab when served with rice or had with rotis or pooris. since this recipe also happens to be our favorite chole recipe, i often end up making this one at home. this recipe is very different than all the chana recipes you will find on the internet or anywhere.

this chana masala recipe is simple in the sense that the chickpeas are cooked first with some spices and onions. then a sauteed masala of onions-tomatoes is made and added to the cooked chickpeas. then everything is simmered till you get a medium consistency in the gravy. so easy to prepare. this is a home style chana masala and the taste of this chana gravy is like the chana masala you can get to taste in indian homes.

one special spice which is added to this chole makes it different and gives an aromatic flavor to the chole. no, its not black cardamoms or cloves or cinnamon. they are carom seeds or ajwain/omam. the carom seeds also help in digestion of the chickpeas. the recipe is also not spicy.

while making any chickpea curry or rajma, its always suggested to soak them overnight or at least for 8-9 hours as then its easier to cook them. usually, i cook them in pressure cooker. you can make it in covered pan also but it will take more time to cook.

i also make sure that chole or chickpeas are cooked till soft. this not only give good texture but the chana/chole also become easy to digest.

serve the chickpea curry, with very finely chopped onions, green chilli and lemon wedges. as thats how many people like to have chole. adding chopped onions or lemon juice to the punjabi chole really adds a lot of taste to the chole.

you can serve the punjabi chole with roti, rice, poori, naan or bhatura. you can also check this easy bhatura recipe which will go well with this chole dish.

if you are looking for more chole recipes then do check:

easy chole masala recipe
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easy chole recipe | home style chana masala | easy chickpea curry

home style chana masala recipe - an easy and lightly spiced version of chana or chole or chickpea curry.

course main course
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 8 hours
cook time 45 minutes
total time 8 hours 45 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for pressure cooking chole (chickpeas)

  • 1 cup chole (dry chickpeas or white chana) - soaked overnight
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly OR ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions OR 50 to 60 grams onions
  • 2 teaspoon chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 2 teaspoon chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 black cardamoms (badi elaichi)
  • 5 to 6 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 3.5 cups water
  • salt as required

for sauteing

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped OR ⅓ cup finely chopped onion OR 50 to 60 grams onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped OR ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 green chilies, slit (hari mirch)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon kashmir red chilli powder or deghi mirch or red chili powder

other ingredients for chole recipe

  • 1 teaspoon punjabi garam masala powder or garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • a few chopped coriander leaves (optional)

serving suggestions

  • sliced onions
  • lemon wedges
  • green chilies

how to make recipe

cooking chickpeas

  1. rinse the chickpeas well. soak in enough water overnight or for 8-9 hours. drain the soaked chickpeas.
  2. in a pressure cooker, take the chickpeas, sliced onions, black cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon tej patta, chopped garlic + ginger, cumin, carom seeds and salt.
  3. pressure cook the chickpeas/chole for 20-25 minutes on a medium to high flame.
  4. keep the chickpeas aside. no need to drain them.

making home style easy chole recipe

  1. in another pan heat oil. add the chopped onions & saute them till translucent or light brown.

  2. then add the tomatoes. saute till the tomatoes soften and till the oil start to leave the sides.

  3. next add green chilies, turmeric powder, red chilli powder. mix very well.
  4. add this sauted onion-tomatoes-green chili mixture to the cooked chole/chickpeas.
  5. mix very well and simmer for 15-20 minutes or more till the gravy or curry becomes smooth and slightly thickens.
  6. the consistency of this home style chole curry is not soupy or broth like.

  7. mash a few chickpeas with the spoon to thicken the chickpea curry.

  8. lastly add garam masala powder and dry mango powder (amchur powder).

  9. chole should not be cooked too much after the addition of garam masala and dry mango powder. so add them at the very last once you get the smooth consistency in the chickpea curry, as cooking diminishes the flavor and taste of both.

  10. check the taste of chana masala and add more salt, garam masala or dry mango powder if required.

  11. serve chole masala hot with roti, rice, poori, naan or bhatura.
  12. to spice the chole more, serve them with finely chopped onions, green chilli and lemon wedges.

preparation to make easy chole recipe

1. rinse and then soak 1 cup chickpeas/chole/chana overnight or for 8 to 9 hours in enough water.

chole for chana masala recipe

2. drain them well. then add to the pressure cooker. also add ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions, 2 tsp chopped ginger and 2 tsp chopped garlic.

making chana masala recipe

3. next add all the whole spices – 1 inch cinnamon, 2 black cardamons, 5 to 6 cloves, 1 tej patta, 1 tsp cumin/jeera, 1 tsp carom seeds/ajwain. also add salt.

making chana masala recipe

4. add 3.5 cups water. stir very well.

making chana masala recipe

5. pressure cook for 20 to 22 minutes on a medium to high flame till the chickpeas are cooked well. the chickpeas should not even have a slight bite in them and should have a melt in the mouth consistency.

making chana masala recipe

making home style easy chole recipe

6. in a small to medium shallow frying pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. when the oil becomes hot, add ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions.

making chana masala recipe

7. stir and saute them on a low to medium flame till translucent or light brown.

making chana masala recipe

8. then add ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes.

making chana masala recipe

9. mix very well and saute the tomatoes on a low to medium flame.

making chana masala recipe

10. saute them till they turn mushy, soft and the oil starts to release from the sides.

making chana masala recipe

11. add 2 to 3 green chilies (slit or sliced). you can add more green chilies too.

making chole masala recipe

12. next add ½ tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch.

making chole masala recipe

13. stir and mix very well. switch off the flame.

making chole masala recipe

14. now add this sauteed onion-tomato masala to the cooked chana.

making chole masala recipe

15. mix very well.

making chole masala recipe

16. keep the cooker on the stove top on a medium to high flame and simmer the chana masala gravy for 15 to 20 minutes. the gravy should become smooth and thicken slightly.

making easy chole masala recipe

17. mash a few chickpeas with the back of the spoon to thicken the chickpea curry.

making easy chole masala recipe

18. when the chana masala gravy reaches to a medium consistency, add 1 tsp dry mango powder (amchur).

making easy chana masala recipe

19. then add 1 tsp garam masala powder. chole should not be cooked too much after the addition of garam masala and dry mango powder. so add them at the very last once you get the smooth consistency in the chickpea curry, as cooking diminishes the flavor and taste of both.

making easy chana masala recipe

20. mix very well. check the taste of chana gravy and add more salt, garam masala or dry mango powder if required. the consistency of this home style chickpea curry is not soupy or broth like.

making easy chana masala recipe

21. serve chole gravy hot with roti, rice, poori, naan or bhatura. to spice the chole more, serve them with finely chopped onions, green chillies and lemon wedges.

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dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi Dassana
    Thanks for much for your helpful reply and that’s a great tip about adding a bit of mashed potato! I am definitely going to try this recipe again at the weekend.
    Ruby

    • welcome ruby. thanks and i hope this time chole masala turns out delicious.

  2. Hi Dassana
    I made this dish this evening. I followed the instructions you gave to another reader below because I only had canned chickpeas and so I fried up everything first like a tarka then added the chickpeas and water and cooked it for a while on the hob. It turned out fairly nice but I think it would have been far better to use dried chickpeas which are soaked overnight. Also, I used 4 tomatoes which was probably too much. I followed everything else exactly though. Next time I will follow the recipe with dried chickpeas. It is probably far healthier that way 🙂

    • thanks ruby for the comment. even i feel 4 tomatoes must have been too much. when the tomatoes are more in a chole recipe, a tip is to boil some potatoes. mash them roughly and add to the gravy. this will reduce the tang of the tomatoes and also thicken the curry. i agree the chole tastes better with dried chickpeas and canned chickpeas. next time you can definitely reduce the tomatoes and use dried chickpeas. happy cooking.