Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pindi Chole Recipe


Chole Masala used to be my  frequent restaurant order that I used to make many years back until I figured out how to make it at home. I normally make an onion-tomatao based chole and have wondered how hotels get that dark brownish and thick texture. I was browsing through one of Tarla Dalals' cookbooks and spotted this Rawilpindi Chole recipe. I immediately tried the recipe and was very glad about being able to reproduce the restaurant type "Chole Masala".

The anaradhana [Pomegranate seed] powder and Jeera powder are the two spices that give the dish a very dark brown shade, so dont skip them. They are available in all Indian grocery stores. Also cooking chole with a tea-bag to induce its flavor added a different kind of taste to this chole dish.

Ingredients

Serves - 4
Spice Level - Moderate
Prep Time - 30 min
Cook time - 15 min

Channa/Chole - 3/4 cup, washed and soaked overnight or for 8 hrs.
Onion - 1 Large, chopped finely
Tomatoes - 2, blanched and pureed
Green chilli - 4, slit in half
Ginger - 1 inch piece, cut into thin strips
Ginger-Garlic [GG] paste - 1 Tsp
Chole Masala - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 Tsp
Anaradhana [Pomegranate seed ] powder - 1.5 Tsp
Jeera [Cumin] powder - 1.5 Tsp
Tea leaves - 2 Tsp or 1 Tea bag
Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1 small piece
Baking soda - a pinch
Oil - 2 Tbsp
Salt - as per need

How do you do it

1. Use a small cloth and put the tea leaves/tea bag, cinnamon, cardamom into it and make it into a bundle. Add the soaked channa, 2 cups water, baking soda, little salt and the bundle into the cooker. Pressure cook the soaked channa for 2-3 whistles or until they are cooked well. Keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a kadai. Add onions and saute well. Add green chilli, ginger, GG paste and saute well. Add the tomato paste now and cook for another 5 minutes until the tomato puree is cooked well.

3. Add all the spices powders now - Chole masala, Garam Masala, Coriander powder, Cumin powder, Anaradhana powder, mix well and saute for a few minutes till the spices are cooked.

4. Keep aside 1/4 cup of channa and mash it well with a ladle. Add all the remaining channa with little cooked water and mix well. Add remaining salt and let the curry boil for a few minutes.

5. Now add the mashed channa too and mix well. This is done to thicken the curry and is up-to you if you want to do this.

6. Boil for few more minutes and switch off flame.

Before serving, squeeze in little fresh lime juice and pair this with Rotis or Jeera Rice.

3 Yummmm:

Rajesh Kumar May 15, 2015 at 7:53 AM  


Wow looks really delicious. I would like to try this soon :-
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Dhiraj Kumar September 12, 2015 at 1:56 AM  

Lovely post! Full of information about your flavourful recipes :)
Thanks very much for sharing!
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Tanisha Singh June 22, 2016 at 5:08 AM  

This was good but need some more information about your recipe like details of recipe, how you can prepare it,restaurant in satya nketan delhi

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