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Indian with Joyita – Punjabi Chole

serves 5

INGREDIENTS: Tbsp : Tablespoon Ts : Teaspoon

Chickpeas 2 cups (200ml cup ) 330 gm soak overnight and will become nearly 5 cups
2 Tea Bag
3 Onions medium
1 ts pomegranate seed ( anar dana)
(Blend the onion and the then add the pomegranate seed and blend again)
5 Green cardamom
4 cloves
2 cinnamon stick ( 1 inch pieces)
4 tbsp Sunflower oil
1 tbsp Garlic paste
1 tbsp Ginger paste
5 tomatoes (puree)
1 ts Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 tsp ( adjust as per your preference for hot food)
1 tsp Roasted cumin powder
1 ts Mango powder
1.5 tbsp Chole Masala
Salt to taste ( start with 1 tsp)

For tempering:

2 tbsp Ghee clarified butter
1 ts Ajwain ( carom seeds)
1.5 inch Ginger, cut into nice thin juliennes
1 Green chilli slit remove seeds and cut into juliennes


How to boil the chick peas ( chole)

  • In a big bowl soak the chickpeas overnight.
  • Then in a pressure cooker boil water with tea bag and 1 tsp salt
  • Add the soaked chickpeas and cook the chickpeas
  • Reduce the heat to medium and keep for 10 minutes it should boil
  • In class we will use boiled chickpeas from the can
  • Boil 5 cup water with the two tea bags
  • Strain the chickpeas from the can and wash with the cold water
  • Then add the chickpeas into the boiled water with tea bag.

    Direction for the gravy:

  • Add the 4 tbsp oil in deep frying pan.
  • Add the whole cardamoms , cinnamon sticks and the cloves when the oil is hot.
  • Add the onion blended with the anar dana ( pomegranate seeds). Cook the onion till oil leaves from the onion. ( onion will golden brown)
  • Add the ginger and the garlic paste. Cook it.
  • Add the tomato puree . Cook the tomato, till oil leaves
  • Add the roasted cumin powder, mango powder, Kashmiri chilli powder and the chole masala
  • Cook till oil leaves.
  • Add the chole and mix well.
    add the water . Bring it to boil. Reduce to medium heat and cook for 15-20 min


  • In a separate frying pan add the ghee ( clarified butter). When hot add the carom seed ( ajwain), ginger juliennes and the green chilli juliennes.
  • Add the tempering into the cooked chickpeas (chole) and cook for 5-10 minutes.

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