Amritsari Chole Recipe

INGREDIENTS For Chole 2 cups dried white chickpeas (chole) soaked overnight in enough water 2 cinnamon sticks 4-5 black cardamom 1 large bay leaf 1 tsp ginger paste 4 tsp black tea leaves or 3 tea bags ¼ tsp baking soda, optional salt as required For the Chole gravy 1 large onion, chopped 3-4 medium sized tomatoes, chopped 1 tsp chopped ginger 4-5 green chilies, slit 2 tsp Catch jeera powder 2 tsp coriander powder 2 tsp fennel powder (optional) 2 tsp dry mango powder 1 tsp Catch red chili powder 2 tsp Catch garam masala powder 3-4 tbsp oil few coriander leaves Accompaniments with Amritsari Chole:

  • Garlic Naan
  • Kulcha
  • Bhatura
  • Steamed rice
  • Sliced onions and lime

Cooking Chole

  • Soak the dry chickpeas in water overnight for 8-9 hours.
  • Next day, pressure cook the soaked chickpeas adding the whole spices, mentioned above with salt and tea leaves wrapped tightly in a muslin cloth.
  • Pressure cook for 8-10 minutes or till the chickpeas are totally cooked.
  • Strain the chickpeas and preserve the stock along with the whole spices. Discard the tea leaves.
Making the gravy
  • In a large pan, heat oil. Add the chopped onions, fry till golden brown.
  • Add slit green chilies and fry for a minute.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and ginger, and sauté till tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
  • Add the cooked chole and sauté for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the Catch cumin powder, Catch red chili powder, Catch garam masala powder, coriander powder, dry mango powder and the rest of the spices. Stir and sauté for a minute.
  • Now add the strained stock about 2.5-3 cups to the chole. If the stock is less, then you can add some water.
  • Cook the whole mixture and let it simmer till the gravy thickens.
  • Check the salt and seasonings and add more if required.
  • When the gravy thickens, turn off the heat and serve it hot with garnishing of coriander leaves.
Recipe Notes/Suggestions:
  • You can use canned chickpeas instead of dry chickpeas
  • The baking soda is optional and is only used to make the chole soft
  • Pressure cooker will help to cook the chole faster
Other than the Amritsari Chole recipe, here are some other Indian dinner recipes and vegetarian lunch recipes that you can try making at home too, like:


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