Pindi Chole Masala

 

 

Ingredients(for 3-4 servings)

 

  • 1 cup chole  (Soaked overnight with water and ½ tsp baking soda)

  • 1 black tea bag

  • ½ tsp salt

 

For masala gravy

  • 2 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tomato, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste

  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder

  • ½ tsp red chili powder

  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder

  • ¾ to 1 tsp amchur powder

  • 2 to 3 green chilies, slit

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • salt as required

 

Dry Spices for the pindi chole masala

  • 2 black cardamoms

  • 1 inch cinnamon

  • 5-6 peppercorns

  • 2 cloves

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¼ tsp carom seeds

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

  • ½ tsp dry anardana

  • 2 dry red chilies

 

For Garnishing

  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

  • ½ inch ginger julienne

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 1 medium tomato, sliced

  • 1 lemon, sliced

 

 

Method (How to make pindi chole at home)

  • In a pressure cooker add the chole along with salt,  tea bag and 3 cup water. Cook for 2 whistles and after that cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes.

  • Dry roast all whole spices (Dry spices) for the dry masala on a low flame, heat for 2-3 minutes.

  • Let theses roasted spices cool down completely and grind them to make chole masala powder.

  • Heat oil in a pan or kadai, add ginger garlic paste and saute for few seconds.

  • Add chopped onions and saute till the onions turn light brown.

  • Add tomatoes and  saute them till they become soft and mashy.

  • Add the powdered chole masala grinded earlier and sauté till oil starts to leave the sides of the masala.

  • Add red chili powder, turmeric powder & garam masala powder (optional).

  • Add slit green chillies and boiled chole stir well.

  • Add salt and to 11/2 cups of the stock in which the chana was boiled. Or you can also water instead.

  • Mix well and cover the lid cook on low flame till the gravy will thicken and reduce.

  • Mash a few chole it is will help thicken the gravy. Cook on sim flame till you get desire consistency .

  • Add amchur powder and mix well .

  • Garnish pindi chole  with coriander leaves & ginger julienne.

  • Serve pindi chole with kulchas, bhaturas,  along with sliced onions, tomatoes and slice lemon.