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Aloo Chole

 

Aloo chole is a traditional savoury dish popular in Pakistan and India. It is chick peas cooked in spices along with potatoes. It is a favourite street food snack. The color varies from yellow to brown depending on personal choice. It can either be a dry or a gravy curry.

 

 

Ingredients and Preparation

 

Chick peas also called as garbanzo beans and potatoes are the main ingredients of aloo chole. Soaked and cooked beans are used. The dish is flavoured with spices like turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander powder, garam masala, pomegranate seeds and chilli powder. Onion, garlic and tomato are also used to make the gravy.

Onion, garlic, ginger and tomato are cooked in oil. Chick peas and potatoes are added along with the spices and cooked together on a slow flame.

 

 

Serving

 

  • Aloo chole is served with leavened or unleavened bread like naan and kulcha.
  • It is also served with rice or pulao along with raita and papad.
  • It is topped on potato cutlets called tikki along with chopped onions and chutneys.
  • It is also served as a salad topped with lime juice and chopped onion tomato.

 

 

Popular variations

  • Chana masala, pindi choley are similar dishes.
  • Usal masala in Maharashtra is similar to aloo choley using lentils.

 

 

Health and Nutrition facts

 

Serving size – 1 bowl

Calories – 220 cal, Fat – 6 g, Protein – 8 g, Carbohydrates – 30 g, Dietary fiber – 8 g

  • Aloo chole is high in protein and provides a lot of energy to the body. They add satiety to the diet. It is a good alternative to fried snacks and foods.
  • Potato is rich in vitamin A and helps to keeps eyes healthy. They are rich in starch and provide energy to the body. They are also beneficial in weight gain.
  • Researches done on chickpeas prove that chickpeas reduce the appetite and are beneficial for weight watchers and dieters. They are also a rich source of magnesium, zinc and iron.
  • This dish provides high proteins and is good for muscle building.
  • It also has side effects as chickpeas are rich in purines which lead to accumulation of uric acid in the body. This results in problems like stone and gout. Over consumption should be avoided.
  • Chickpeas are also considered heavy for the stomach as they take long to digest. They cause flatulence.
  • Aloo chole can be served with brown rice instead of white polished rice and whole wheat naan and kulcha.

 

 

Miscellaneous facts

 

  • Chandni chowk in New Delhi is famous for aloo chole.
  • MDH spices has a popular chole masala.