Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It is a very authentic recipe of Punjabi Cuisine. Punjabi Chole, a North Indian Delicacy, which includes masalas which are very specific. I have heard people saying "yaar waisa nahi bana... jaisa Punjab me banta hai". Its because people of Punjab are known to put their endless love in all the dishes they cook. This is the reason I always say, if, you want to cook, then cook with all your heart and love. 

Punjabi Chole Recipe
Punjabi Chole Recipe

And yes, there are also some special ingredients which makes this Punjabi Chole different from the other chole dishes. Firstly, the tea leaves, which gives the Punjabi Chole dish the perfect color. One can either use tea bags or put some tea leaves in a muslin cloth and tie it like a potli. Add it while boiling chole. 

Also I have added some ajwain (carom seeds) to avoid digestion issues. So now, even if u have gas problems, you can still enjoy these Punjabi Chole.

So let us look at the ingredients I have used for making these Punjabi Chole. 


1/2 Kg Kabuli Chana (soaked overnight)

1 Cup Onion paste

2 tsp Garlic paste

2 tsp Ginger paste

2 to 3 Green Chillies

2 to 4 Tejpatta (Bay Leaf)

1 tbsp Jeera (Cumin Seeds)

1 tbsp Tea Leaves

2 tsp Punjabi Garam Masala

2 tbsp Amchur powder (Dry Mango Powder)

2 tbsp Dhania powder

2 tbsp Red Chilli powder

1/2 tsp Ajwain (Carom Seeds)

1/4 cup Oil

Salt to taste


Firstly soak the Kabuli chole/ Chana overnight.

Punjabi Chole Recipe
Soak Chole overnight

Then take it in a cooker and add water to the level above the chole/chana. Also add some salt to it. Now take tea leaves and put them in a muslin cloth and tie it like a potli. Put it in the cooker along with chole/chana, salt and water.

Punjabi Chole Recipe
Presure Cook Chole 

Then let it cook on high flame till one whistle and then on medium flame for 10 minutes. Keep it aside. Look how beautifully the chole has absorbed the tea color.

Chole after pressure cook

Now let us start with the masala preparation. For that, heat oil in a pan. Then add Jeera and bay leaves to it.

Punjabi Chole Recipe
Heat oil and add jeera and bay leaves

When Jeera and bay leaves starts releasing their aroma add in onion, ginger and garlic paste. Mix it  well. Then add Ajwain to it and mix well. Cook it till the paste turns into beautiful golden brown color. 

Punjabi Chole Recipe
Add onion, ginger, garlic paste and ajwain

This is the time when you will add all the powder ingredients salt, red chilli powder, amchur powder, dhania powder, punjabi garam masala powder and mix well. 

Punjabi Chole Recipe
Add all the powdered ingredients

Let it cook. Also add some water to it as the masala would now be very dry. Add water from the boiled chole/chana. Mix the water into the masala very well and then add the chole/chana. Do no add the water now, only add the chole/chana. Mix well.

Punjabi Chole Masala
Add chole to masala

Then add green chillies to it.

Punjabi Chole Masala
Add green chillies

Now add water as per the required consistency and let it simmer for about five more minutes on medium flame.

Punjabi Chole Masala
Punjabi Chole Masala

And now to add some more aroma and flavor to the dish, dry roast some cumin seeds and powder them. Add it to the Punjabi chole just before serving and mix it well. 
Add freshly prepared jeera powder

Then add chopped coriander to it.

Punjabi Chole Masala
Add chopped coriander

So here your Authentic mouth watering Punjabi Chole are ready. You can have it any Indian bread of your choice. But we all know Punjabi Chole are best teamed with Bhature. 

Punjabi Chole Masala
Punjabi Chole Recipe


If you have not soaked the chole overnight, then while boiling add a pinch of soda. Cook on high flame till one whistle and then for 20 mins on medium flame.

Do not add turmeric. As we will not get the desired color.

That all Foodies...Go food-a-licious with these Punjabi Chole with your family and loved ones.

And do not forget to share your experiences and suggestions via comments... 

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