pindi chole recipe | pindi chana masala | how to make chole pindi masala

pindi chole recipe | pindi chana masala | how to make chole pindi masala with detailed photo and video recipe. a classic punjabi delicacy curry recipe made with soaked chickpeas and blend of spices. the recipe is unique and flavourful as it made with freshly grounded spices and ginger julienne. it tastes amazing as a side dish to roti, naan bread or bhature, but also tastes great with jeera rice.
pindi chana masalapindi chole recipe | pindi chana masala | how to make chole pindi masala with step by step photo and video recipe. punjabi cuisine is known for its rich and spicy curries offered as a side dish for flatbreads. more often it is either a paneer based or meat based curries with a cream toppings. but this recipe is a traditional kabuli chana based curry popularly known as pindi chole recipe.

i guess by now, you must be wondering what is the difference between the regular chole masala and pindi chole masala. well, certainly there are some notable differences which make pindi chana unique and flavoured. the former recipe is made with a regular tomato and onion curry base with not so much spices. also, it is generally red in colour as red chilli powder takes precedence. whereas the main difference is the usage of tea leaves in the chole pindi masala which gives a dark brown colour to the curry. in addition, it also makes the curry acidic and hence turns the chickpeas tender. further, in some variations, even chana dal is added to make the curry thicker, but i have skipped in this.

pindi chole recipe

furthermore, i would like to add some tips and suggestions for a perfect flavoured pindi chole recipe. firstly, i have soaked the kabuli chaana overnight which makes it tender and edible. but to hasten the process you can use canned chickpeas which do not require soaking. secondly, i have shown how to make chana masala spice mix which is added while preparing the curry. this spice mix can be made well ahead in advance and can be stored in airtight container. lastly, the recipe tastes great when served next day as the spice would be infused properly. hence plan it well ahead in advance and possibly in large quantity.

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pindi chana masala
pindi chole recipe | pindi chana masala | how to make pindi chole masala
Prep Time
8 hrs
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
8 hrs 30 mins
 

easy pindi chole recipe | pindi chana masala | how to make pindi chole masala

Course: curry
Cuisine: north indian
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Hebbars Kitchen
Ingredients (1 cup = 255 ML)
for pressure cooking:
  • 1 cup chana / chickpea
  • 2 tea bags
  • 1 inch cinnamon / dalchini
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 3 pods cardamom / elachi
  • 4 cloves / lavang
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cup water
for chana masala spice powder:
  • ½ tsp cumin / jeera
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp shahi jeera
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp fennel / saunf
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 pods cardamom / elachi
  • 3 dried red chilli
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp aamchur / dry mango powder
  • ¼ tsp pomegranate powder
  • pinch hing / asafoetida
for curry:
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 chilli slit
  • 2 tomato finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coriander finely chopped
for tempering:
Instructions
  1. firstly, in a large kadai heat 3 tsp oil and saute 1 bay leaf.
  2. further add 1 onion followed by 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and 1 chilli.
  3. saute well until the onions turn golden brown.
  4. now add prepared spice powder.
  5. saute on low flame until the spice powder turn aromatic.
  6. further add 2 tomato and saute well.
  7. cook until the tomatoes turn mushy and oil is separated.
  8. now add cooked chana and ½ tsp salt.
  9. furthermore, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  10. also add 2 tbsp coriander and mix well.
  11. finally, enjoy pindi chole with roti or bhatura.

how to make pindi chole with step by step photo:

pressure cooking chana:

  1. firstly, soak 1 cup chana in enough water for atleast 8 hours.
    pindi chole recipe
  2. drain off the water and transfer to the cooker.
    pindi chole recipe
  3. also add 2 tea bags, 1 inch cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, 3 pods cardamom, 4 cloves, ¼ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt.
    pindi chole recipe
  4. pressure cook for 5 whistles adding 3 cup water.
    pindi chole recipe
  5. once the pressure settles down, remove tea bags and make sure the chana has cooked completely.
    pindi chole recipe

chana masala powder preparation:

  1. firstly, dry roast ½ tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander seeds, ¼ tsp shahi jeera, ¼ tsp pepper, ¼ tsp fennel, 1 tsp kasuri methi, 3 cloves, 2 pods cardamom and 3 dried red chilli.
    pindi chole recipe
  2. dry roast on low flame until the spices turn aromatic.
    pindi chole recipe
  3. cool the spices completely and blend to a fine powder.
    pindi chole recipe
  4. further add ¼ tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp aamchur, ¼ tsp pomegranate powder and pinch hing.
    pindi chana masala
  5. mix well making sure the spices are combined well.
    pindi chana masala
  6. finally, chana masala powder is ready.
    pindi chana masala

pindi chole preparation:

  1. firstly, in a large kadai heat 3 tsp oil and saute 1 bay leaf.
    pindi chana masala
  2. further, add 1 onion followed by 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and 1 chilli.
    pindi chana masala
  3. saute well until the onions turn golden brown.
    pindi chana masala
  4. now add prepared spice powder. you can alternatively use 3 tsp of store brought chana masala.
    how to make pindi chole masala
  5. saute on low flame until the spice powder turns aromatic.
    how to make pindi chole masala
  6. further, add 2 tomatoes and saute well.
    how to make pindi chole masala
  7. cook until the tomatoes turn mushy and oil is separated.
    how to make pindi chole masala
  8. now add cooked chana and mix well.
    how to make pindi chole masala
  9. add ½ tsp salt and adjust consistency as required.
    how to make pindi chole masala
  10. furthermore, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the flavours are absorbed well.
    how to make pindi chole masala
  11. now slightly mash few chana to adjust the consistency.
    how to make pindi chole masala
  12. in a small pan heat 1 tbsp ghee and add 1 chilli, 1 inch ginger and ¼ tsp chilli powder.
    pindi chole recipe
  13. turn off the flame and saute slightly without burning the spices.
    pindi chole recipe
  14. pour the prepared tempering over cooked chana.
    pindi chole recipe
  15. also, add 2 tbsp coriander and mix well.
    pindi chole recipe
  16. finally, enjoy pindi chole with roti or bhatura.
    pindi chole recipe

notes:

  • firstly, adding tea bags while pressure cooking chana gives a dark colour to curry.
  • also, adding a pinch of baking soda helps to cook chana really soft.
  • additionally, use store brought chana masala to shorten the cooking steps.
  • finally, pindi chole recipe thickens once cooled, so adjust the consistency by adding water as required.
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