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

easy chole recipe in pressure cooker with 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.

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 chole 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 chole, 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 recipe in pressure cooker below:

easy chole recipe
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easy chole masala recipe

punjabi chole 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 masala 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 chole masala:

  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 the chole curry is not soupy or broth like.

  7. mash a few chickpeas with the spoon to thicken the chana masala gravy or 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 chole masala, 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.


stepwise chana masala recipe in pressure cooker:

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

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 chole gravy or 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 chole masala, as cooking diminishes the flavor and taste of both.

making easy chana masala recipe

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

making easy chana masala recipe

21. serve chole masala 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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20 thoughts on “easy chole recipe | how to make chana masala recipe in pressure cooker”

  1. I’m excited to try this recipe but I have no ajwain. Will it still taste good without it? Thank you for posting such delicious recipes!

  2. Hi, This looks wonderful – but is it possible to make it with pre-cooked chickpeas from a can? Thank you.

    1. thanks jane. yes you can make this recipe with precooked chickpeas. but here, you will need to saute everything. add oil. add all the whole spices (1 inch cinnamon
      2 black cardamoms, 5-6 cloves, 1 tej patta/indian bay leaf, 1 tsp cumin/jeera, 1 tsp carom seeds/ajwain) and saute for a few seconds till they are fragrant. then add onions (1 large onion, finely chopped) and saute till the onions become a light golden. add chopped ginger-garlic and saute till their raw aroma goes away. then add tomatoes and saute till you see oil leaving the sides of the mixture. the tomatoes should become mushy. add the green chilies, spices powders, salt. add water and chickpeas. simmer for some minutes till the gravy looks thickens a bit. lastly add garam masala powder and amchur powder. stir and simmer for a minute. garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

      1. Thank you – will be trying this soon. Thank you also for always getting back to me so quickly and being so helpful.

  3. Nice and easy to make but chickpea should be soaked along with 1/2 tspn soda as it will soften chickpea very well when cooked

  4. Hi

    Thank you for the recipe. I don’t have garam masala, I was thinking to add some coriander and ginger in its place .. not sure if its good idea.

    Also, I don’t have mango powder .. would tamarind work a a substitute?

    Thank you

  5. Sounds delicious! What if I don’t have a pressure cooker? How is the best way to cook the chickpeas initially?

    Thank you!

    1. welcome amy. you have to cook chickpeas in a pan or pot with enough water. it will take more time to cook. the time also depends upon the quality of chickpeas. older the chickpeas, more time they will take to cook.

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