Traditional Chole Recipe (chickpea curry)


  • Chickpeas(kabuli chana)-250 gm
  • Onion chopped-3 large
  • Tomato chopped-2
  • Kasuri methi-1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1 tsp
  • Bay leaf-2
  • Dry red chilli-2
  • Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder-2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder-2 tsp
  • Chole masala/channa masala-1 tbsp
  • Chicken masala-1 tbsp
  • Garam masala-1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil-4 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish 


  • Soak the chickpeas in the water overnight.
  • Boil the chickpeas in the pressure cooker with 3 cups of water,1tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp salt(3-4 whistle).
  • Heat oil in a pan ,add bay leaf,cumin seeds,kasuri methi and dry red chilli. Saute for few seconds.
  • Add chopped onions and fry them till they become transparent.Add ginger garlic paste and fry it for a minute.
  • Add turmeric powder,red chill powder,chole masala,chicken masala and mix well with onions.Once the raw smell of spices disappear,add chopped tomatoes and cook it for another 4-5 mins.Add little water if need.
  • Turn off the flame and keep the mixture aside for few minutes.When they become cool,blend them into paste.
  • Turn on the flame and boil the paste in the same pan,add boiled chickpeas along with stock.
  • Add little water if you want more gravy,mash some chickpeas in the pan with the help of cooking spoon.
  • Add salt and cook it for another 5 mins and turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with bhature, puri or rice.
chole masala cooking process
chole masala cooking process


Note-The video recipe is slightly different from the recipe written above.

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