This is again my friend’s recipe whose family hails from the Rawalpindi region of Pakistan.
Simple Pindi Chole with a delicious blend of spices – my 2nd entry for Richa’s RCI-Punjabi Cuisine.
Pindi Chole recipe
~ 3 cups Chole (Kabuli Chana/Chickpeas) –the large grain variety
5-6 tomatoes, chopped1 tsp ginger paste
4-5 Cloves1 Bay Leaf
1 small stick Cinnamon broken into small pieces
2 tsp Chole Masala
1-2 tsp Red chili powder
1 tsp cumene seeds
3-4 tsp Ghee
1 tsp oil
2 tsp Tea leaves (or 1 Tea bag)
Soak the Chole/Chana overnight.
In a pressure pan/cooker add Chole, about 4-5 cups of water, 1 tsp Ghee, salt and tea leaves tied in a muslin cloth.You can also use a tea bag. The tea leaves give a nice dark brown colour to the Chole.
It takes about 35-40 minutes after one whistle for the Chole to cook nicely.
Heat 2 tsp Ghee +1 tsp oil (oil is my addition to the original recipe) in a wok/Kadai.
Add the cumene seeds – cloves-bay leaf and cinnamon and fry for 1-2 seconds.
Add the ginger paste- Chole masala-chilipowder and immediately add the tomatoes.
Cook the tomatoes nicely till they become mushy~ 5 minutes.
Remove the Tea bag from the Chole and add the Chole along with the water to the tomatoes. Add salt, Adjust the water consistency to your liking and cook covered for 10-15 minutes on low flame.
Serve hot with Paratha, Naan, Roti,Rice.
Cook Chole 1-2 hours before serving, so that they soak in all the spices.
Pindi Chole with Ajwain(Carom seeds) Paratha
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