September 21, 2011

Punjabi Choley - Chickpeas cooked in a Fiery Onion & Tomato Gravy

I love using chickpeas in my dishes .. I think its my favorite legume, because its always stocked up in my pantry & I end up using this more often than any other legume. And, Choley is another easy Punjabi dish that is very simple, hearty & nutritious.

If you have soaked chickpeas on hand, this takes really very few minutes, which is why I end up making this very often on weekdays.

Punjabi choley

There are numerous ways in which this is made .. Sometimes, chopped tomatoes are used instead of puree & sometimes, cooked onions & a handful of chickpeas is ground into a paste, to add more body to the gravy. While, I don't grind the onions, I mostly like using tomato puree instead of chopped tomatoes. Tomato puree adds more base to the gravy & gives a nice red color, which I love

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup chickpeas - cleaned & soaked overnight or for 6 hrs
  • 2 red onions - chopped
  • 150 ml - Tomato puree ( I Used store bought )
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tso chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp Chana Masala powder ( I used Everest Brand )
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • 3 tsp oil
  • Coriander -  for Garnish
How To:
  • Pressure cook chickpeas with a tsp of salt. once done, drain & reserve stock & set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add ginger & garlic. Saute for about 30 secs. Add chopped onions & a pinch of turmeric. Saute until they turn pink.
  • Now, add red chilli powder, chana masala powder, & mix well. Pour tomato puree & give it a gentle mix. Let it simmer for about 3 mins.
  • Add cooked chickpeas, salt & garam masala & mix well. Add about 3/4 th cup of water & simmer for about 10 mins.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander & transfer to a serving bowl

Serve with onion rings & lemon wedges, alomg with HOT Phulkas .. Enjoi !!!

NOTE: The longer the gravy sits, it tends to thicken a bit .. If you find the gravy thick, just add a little water & reheat before serving.

For Dilli Style Choley - Boil chickpeas with 1 tea bad & discard the tea bag later. And, add about 1/2 a tsp of Anardana Powder along with Everest Chole Masala. This lends a deep brown color to the dish & add a slight tart taste.

30 comments:

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Love the colour and the recipe is not very complex,loved it!

DEESHA said...

Thanks Raks ..

Priti said...

One of my fav too ..I have keep chickpeas stock ....looks so gud ...lovely colour

Prathibha said...

Simple n delicious...nice red color...chicpeas is my fav too..:)

DEESHA said...

The color is because of tomato puree .. if you add chopped tomatoes, you don't get this color

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwww.. looks so awesome and tempting.. Beautiful picture as usual :)
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Krithi's Kitchen said...

Super vibrant color.. I am hungry now after cing ur pic.. http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com
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Nitha said...

Love channa masala any time.. Love the colour of yours..

jeyashrisuresh said...

very simple and delicious version of choley and great click too

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Looks perfect side dish to go with anything. I even like eating chhole for a snack, weiord, huh !!!

DEESHA said...

Priya, Even I eat it as a mid afternoon snack sometimes .. You are not alone :)

Sayantani said...

lovely recipe Deesha and gorgeous click as always.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Already drooling over the choley. Excellent preparation.

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Sobha Shyam said...

simple and delicious chole..great recipe..if u r interested, plz send to my event..


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Priya said...

I can have this bowl of incredible choley rite now, dont even need anything to enjoy with..

Priya said...

I can have this bowl of incredible choley rite now, dont even need anything to enjoy with..

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks so yumm..just some pooris or steamed rice to go with..

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

wow..this looks absolutely delicious... tempting pics.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Easy n yummy recipe, luv the color of ur gravy

Archy said...

One of my fav too!! looks so yum!!

Paaka Shaale said...

The chole looks so beautiful. Great post Deesha :)

Apu said...

Looks delicious!! I make a similar recipe too!!

Akila said...

Looks delicious. Going to try this tomorrow for DD's lunch box
Tried your mango lassi. It was reaaalllly yumm. Thanks for sharing :d

DEESHA said...

@Akila - Thanks

Now Serving said...

perfect color and wonderful looking cholay! YUM!

Nithu said...

Tempting picture. So comforting. I would like to invite you to our "Quick and easy recipe mela" and enter

your recipe. We would be glad to see your participation. Thanks.

Smita Srivastava said...

Beautiful... the gorgeous colors n the wonderful click truly do justice to the yummy cholay !!

Madhavi said...

Oh lovely punjabi choley..yummm!!

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meeso said...

This is one of those dishes I never get tired of seeing... Looks delicious!

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