Punjabi Chole

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Channa Masala


Punjabi Chole or Channa Masala is a common subzi or side dish in Indian restaurant menus. They pair well as a side dish for Rotis or can be had with plain rice. This recipe is made from fresh ground chole masala which makes the flavor more vibrant.

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Recipe Facts:


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Total Time

1 h 20 minutes

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– chickpeas/Garbanzo beans – Onion grated  – Tomatoes chopped – piece Ginger grated – Chili powder Kashmir chili powder –  Amchur powder/dry mango powder – Tea bag optional – Oil – Salt – Cilantro ... Tap for more

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– Soak the channa in enough water overnight. Do soak it in plenty of water since the channa puffs up and becomes more than twice its original size. – The next day, drain the water and then add fresh water, grated ginger, tea bag and salt to the channa and cook it in a pressure cooker until is soft.

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Steps 1-2

– Dry roast in low flame, all the ingredients mentioned under masala. Once the spices become aromatic, turn off the flame and let it cool down. Then grind the spices. – In a pan, heat the oil. Once the oil becomes hot, add the chopped/grated onions and sauté until it is pink. Then add the tomatoes and fry it.

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Steps 3-4

– Once the onion tomato mixture is cooked well, add the channa masala that we made and the red chili powder and mix well. – Now add the cooked channa with it water to the pan and mix well. If the water is too much, drain some out and keep aside and add it if needed. Let it come to a boil and then simmer.

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Steps 5-6

– Finally add the amchur powder and cilantro and mix. – Serve the Punjabi Chole hot with puri, roti or rice. I had served it with some Caramel Parsi rice!

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Steps 7-8


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