Methi Chole - Easy Chick Pea Curry

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Apr. 17, 2018

Methi Chole is an easy but vibrant chick pea curry, which is sure to thrill your taste buds! The combination of pleasantly bitter fenugreek leaves with nutty chick peas, flavoured awesomely with an onion paste, tomato paste and spice powders, this recipe is a wonderful match for both rice as well as rotis or puris. The nice blend of textures, the traditional flavour and appetizing aroma of this dish make it truly irresistible. It will be enjoyed by the whole family, and can be served with rice and dal, or any Indian bread.


For onion paste:
Roughly chopped onions 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Chopped garlic 1/2 Tablespoon (lehsun)
Chopped ginger 1 Teaspoon (adrak)
For tomato paste:
Roughly chopped tomatoes 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Chopped green chillies 1 Teaspoon
Whole dry kashmiri red chilles 1 , broken
For other ingredients:
Finely chopped fenugreek leaves 2 Cup (32 tbs) (methi)
Soaked chick peas 2 Cup (32 tbs) (kabuli chana or white chick peas)
Chana dal 2 Tablespoon (split Bengal gram)
Baking soda 1 Pinch
Salt To Taste
Oil 3 Tablespoon
Cloves 2 (laung / lavang)
Cardamoms 2 (elaichi)
Bay leaves 2 (tejpatta)
Cinnamon sticks 2 Small (dalchini)
Tumeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon (haldi)
Chilli powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon (dhania)
Asafoetida 1 Pinch (hing)
Dried mango powder 1/2 Teaspoon (amchur)
Garam masala 1/2 Teaspoon
Sugar 2 Teaspoon
Fresh cream 2 Tablespoon



1.Combine the kabuli chana, chana dal, soda, little salt and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 4 whistles.

2.Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.

3.Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the cloves, cardamom, bayleaves and cinnamon and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.

4.Add the prepared onion paste and sauté on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes.

5.Add the prepared tomato paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, asafoetida, dried mango powder and garam masala, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

6.Add the fenugreek leaves, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

7.Add the cooked kabuli chana along with the water, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

8.Add the fresh cream and mix gently.


9.Serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 5