Pindi Chole (Write For Us Contest Entry - 50)

Pindi Chole is very common street food or snacks in Northern India. Chole is a virtual treat when se...

Pindi Chole is very common street food or snacks in Northern India. Chole is a virtual treat when served along with Bhaturas(fried bread made up of all purpose flour) or pooris(fried bread made up of whole wheat flour). Chickpea is highly rich in proteins and recent studies have shown that chickpea helps in reducing the cholesterol. It can be served any time of the day in breakfast, brunch or high tea snacks. Hope you all will like it.

  • White Chana - 500 grams
  • Green Chillies - 3
  • Ginger - 1 inch(grated)
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch
  • Whole Black Cardamom - 1
  • Cloves - 3
  • Onions - 2(large, finely sliced)
  • Tomatoes - 2(finely chopped)
  • Red Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - As per taste
  • Coriander powder - One and half tablespoon
  • Garam masala - 1 tablespoon
  • Chana masala - 2 tablespoons
  • Dried tea leaves - 2 teaspoons
  • Dry Mango powder - 2 tablespoons
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons


Wash and soak chana overnight along with dry tea leaves, cloves, cinnamon stick and black cardamom with enough water.
Next day cook them in the pressure cooker along with the spices. Keep it on high flame till 2 whistles then on low flame for 30 mins. Remove from fire and keep them aside.

For Tadka / Tempering:

Grind green chillies, dry mango powder and ginger together in a grinder and keep it aside. Heat oil in a kadai, add sliced onion and cook till they become dark brown in colour. Now add green chilly paste and cook again for 2 mins. Add tomatoes and saute them till oil separates.

Now add coriander powder, chana masala, garam masala, salt and red chilly powder. Mix well and keep sauteing for 4-5 mins. Add the masala into boiled chanas. Mix well. Place the chanas back on the fire. Cook it on low flame till they become semi dry. Once you receive the desired amount of gravy, remove the chanas from the fire.
Serve them hot.

Serving Options:

Serve the Pindi Chole with bhatura or puris along with green chutney and chopped vegetable salad.

Contributed By: Shruti


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