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Chole Masala | Chickpea Curry

Aug 25, 2012         6 comments.

I often find comfort in foods. What am I saying? I ALWAYS find comfort in food. 😀 Chole Masala (read: Choh-lé Muh-saa-laa) happens to be one of those spicy curries that make my face light up every time I know I’m gonna have the good fortune of eating it! 😛 Too dramatic? Well, that’s who I am, okay? I’m in love with food and I don’t hesitate to express it. 😛
If there’s one curry I can eat all the time, it has to be this Chole Masala. Garbanzo Beans or Chickpea are excellent sources of protein. This Chole Masala is simple, aromatic and delicious. I’ve used lesser spices than a normal curry. This curry is a famous accompaniment to an Indian fried bread known as Bhatura. The sinfully delicious combo of Chole & Bhatura often features in our monthly ‘freak-out’ eating day! 😉

CHOLE MASALA RECIPE | Garbanzo Beans Curry
(Print this Recipe)
Prep Time: 6-7 hours
Cook Time: 30 min
Serves: 6-8

200 grams Chickpea / Kaabuli Chana (garbanzo beans)
3 onions Onions finely chopped
4 tomatoes finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2  tsp Ginger, grated
2 TBsp Salt (To taste)
1 tsp Sugar (to balance the flavors)
1 TBsp Red Chili Powder (adjust)
2 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 tsp Coriander Seeds (Dhania) Powder
2 TBsp Chole Masala / Garam Masala Powder (make at home or buy from an Indian store)

Soak the chickpeas overnight. (at least for 6 hours)

Drain the water. Add ample amounts of salt (1 TBSP) & water to the chickpea & boil / pressure cook it for at least 10-12 whistles. You have to boil until it is soft & mash-able! Do not throw away the excess water.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a wok / pan

Add the onions, garlic & ginger & mix. Fry for 2-3 min until onions turn golden brown

Add tomatoes & mix well

When the mixture reduces, add all the dry spices (Garam Masala or Chole Masala, Turmeric powder, coriander seeds powder, red chili powder, salt)

Cook until oil starts to leave the sides.

Take like 5-6 big spoons of the boiled chickpeas. Using a spoon, roughly mash them to a coarse paste. This gives the curry a thicker consistency.

Finally, add the whole chickpeas to the now reduced onion-tomatoes mix

Mix thoroughly. Make sure you don’t mash the chickpeas. You can eat it like that now. Or you could proceed to have a more gravy-based curry.

Add the mashed chickpeas & mix well

Add enough water to cover the chickpeas. Use the water from boiling chickpeas. Or you could use plain water too.

Check for seasonings and adjust accordingly.

Let it boil for 5-6 minutes. Once the water is reduced a bit & you can see a semi-thick gravy, your curry is done!
Garnish it with some coriander leaves & serve!

1. This is my way of making chole. There are many ways of making the same curry. Some people might add tomato puree while some prefer blending the onion-tomato mix. SOme people add potatoes & other veggies to the gravy. It really depends upon you. How you want your curry to be.
2. You can use canned garbanzo beans too. But we always buy dry beans & soak it the previous night.
3. We buy Chole Masala and Garam Masala from the stores nearby. You can get it at any Indian store. Or else, it is really simple to make at home too. Check out the recipes for Garam Masala and Chole Masala

6 Comments on “Chole Masala | Chickpea Curry

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe! will be making it next week for the first time.

    And yes… soaked dried chickpeas taste so much better than anything you can get in a can. same for all beans really. It would be nice if the canned stuff were better, but it is not. And soaking is quite easy imo, not a big thing.

  2. kavi i had made one chana masala without onion garlic and tomato.. u can check that out in my blog. i like ur presentations here. and as u said many ways to make chana masala

    i also used dried ones which i soak over nite

  3. I believe avoiding ready-made foods would be the first step in order to lose weight. They might taste very good, but ready-made foods have got very little nutritional value, making you try to eat more only to have enough electricity to get over the day. When you are constantly taking in these foods, changing to whole grain products and other complex carbohydrates will help you to have more electricity while taking in less. Interesting blog post.

  4. Every time one sees a Chole recipe, one is tempted to try it out.
    The chickpeas looks soft an cooked! Perfect for the dark rainy weather we have today.

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