Punjabi Chhole

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Aug. 26, 2013

A simple Punjabi style chickpea recipe cooked using choicest spices. This flavorful dish can be served with naan or roti.


To cook chickpeas
Chickpeas 250 Gram ((Kabuli channa))
Red kidney beans 50 Gram ((Rajma))
Water 2 Cup (32 tbs) ((more if needed))
Tea bag 1
For wet paste
Cinnamon 1 Inch
Cloves 3
Chopped ginger 1 Teaspoon
Green chilies 2 , chopped
Other ingredients for chole
Garam masala powder 1 Teaspoon
Dry mango powder 1 Teaspoon ((Aamchoor powder))
Anardana powder 1 1/2 Teaspoon ((Dry pomegranate powder))
Clarified butter 5 Teaspoon ((Ghee))
Salt To Taste
For granish
Cilantro sprig 2



1. In a bowl soak chickpeas and red kidney beans in water for 12 hours or overnight. If they soak up all the water in a few hours add a little more water.


2. In the same water drop a tea bag and let it boil. Cook the chickpeas, red kidney beans with the tea bag until they becomes soft.

3. When cooked, discard the tea bag and take out the chickpeas and red kidney beans, reserving the liquid for later use.

4. In the blender add cloves, cinnamon, chopped ginger, and chopped green chilies. Blend into a smooth paste.

5. In the residual water from cooked chickpeas, add garam masala powder, dry mango powder or aamchoor powder, anaardana powder, and spice paste. Mix everything together.

6. Once the liquid becomes a little thick add the chickpeas and red kidney beans .

7. Add salt to taste and let it simmer until the water evaporates.

8. Make a well in the centre of the pan. In a small pan add ghee and cook until it burns or starts smoking. When it becomes really hot, pour it in the well created in the other pan and quickly cover with the lid.

9. After a minute, mix everything together.


10. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot with a naan or a kulcha.


If you can’t soak chickpeas and kidney beans overnight then add hot water instead of normal water and soak for 2-3 hours.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 692Calories from Fat 179

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.3%

Saturated Fat 8 g40%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 318 mg13.25%

Total Carbohydrates 101 g33.7%

Dietary Fiber 26 g104%

Sugars 16 g

Protein 31 g62%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet