Vegetarian Recipe

Chikar Chole/ Chole Masala / Indian Chickpea Curry

July 24, 2017 Unknown 0 Comments

Chikar Chole/ Chole Masala
Chikar Chole/Chole Masala/ Chana Masala is a popular dish from Indian subcontinent. It is prepared with Chana/ Garbanzo Beans/ Chickpeas in ginger, garlic, tomato, onion gravy with some particular spices. It is very famous in Lahore & Punjab region in India. It is different than regular Chole Masala. Chikar Chole perfectly balance sweet and sour flavor in it due to use of amchur/ dried mango powder. Sometimes dried pomegranate seeds are used here.

1 full cup Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans
1 large onion finely chopped
1 large tomato finely chopped
2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
½ cup yogurt
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 ½ tsp. red chili powder (Kashmiri/Mild)
1 tsp. roasted coriander powder
1 tsp. roasted cumin powder
½ tsp. black pepper powder
1 tbsp. kasuri methi/ dried fenugreek leaves powder
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. amchur/ dried mango powder
½ tsp. garam masala powder
Green chilies
1 tsp. cumin seed
½ tsp. black peppercorns
3 dry red chilies
1.    First soak the chickpeas in normal water with pinch of baking soda for overnight (12-24hours).
2.  Then discard the water and wash them thoroughly.
3.  Boil them in a pressure cooker with 1 bay leave, 1 dry red chili, 1 cinnamon stick for 5 whistles.
4.  Take a pan add white oil/ghee. Add tempering cumin seed, black peppercorns and dry red chilies. Saute them for few seconds.
5.  Then add finely chopped onion. Fry them until caramelized.
6.  Add ginger garlic paste fry them for 1 minute.
7.  Then add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and yogurt. Mix them properly cover and cook those 2 mins.
8.  Add chopped tomato pieces and mix it. If you feel masala is dry then add water and cover and cook for 3-4 mins until oil floats on the top.
9.  Then add coriander powder, cumin powder and black pepper powder mix everything and our masala is ready.
10.               Add the masala into the boiled chickpeas. Add sugar and mix it and boil it for 10-15mins or 1 whistle.
11. Add kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves, garam masala powder, amchur/dried mango powder mix it and boil it for 4-5 mins.
12.               Add green chilies and that’s it.
13.               Our Chikar Chole is ready. Serve it with some Naan Roti or Paratha. Enjoy J