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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This chole masala is made by grinding together all onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, mint and coriander leaves along with green chillies. Has distinct flavour as it has mint and coriander leaves in it. Chole masala is one of my most favorite and Aj too is a big fan of chole bhature. He takes chole and puri for his lunch weekly once. I rarely make bhature coz of maida. But when my friend Sangeeta told about this chatpata chole her bhabi makes, I was really tempted to try. So tried making this for Aj’s Sunday brunch. We both loved it. I had it with phulkas and it was awesome. I tasted with bhatura too and obviously it tasted great. She sent me a picture in whatsapp and it was on greener side. But the ratio I added was bit different, so ended up with this coloured chole. So if you want on greener side, add more green chillies and reduce red chilli and chole masala. Instead of chole masala add little garam masala powder. It turns out really flavourful with mint and coriander leaves.

Check my chana masala and bhatura recipe
Check this chana masala with potato recipe and bhatura recipe
Check this pindi chole recipe

Chole recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep TimeOvernight soaking of channa    |  Cook time: 35 mins     Serves: 4


Chana (Chickpeas) - 3/4 cup

Onion - 2

Tomato - 3

Green chilli - 3

Garlic - 3 flakes

Ginger - 1 inch piece

Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup

Mint leaves - 1/4 cup

Coriander seeds powder - 1 tsp

Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

Chole masala/ Garam masala - 1 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Salt - as needed

To temper

Oil - 3 tbsp

Cinnamon - 1 small piece

Cardamom - 1

Clove – 1

Step by step method

  1. Soak chana overnight. Morning, drain water, add enough water to it and pressure cook for 4 whistles in medium flame. Chop onion, tomato roughly into cubes. Peel garlic and ginger, chop them roughly. I ground everything together and found ginger and garlic takes time to get ground, so I recommend you to grind ginger, garlic and green chilli first and then add other ingredients.
  2. Step1 - chole recipe
  3. Grind ginger, garlic, green chill, onion, tomato, mint and coriander leaves to smooth paste.
  4. Step 2 - chole recipe
  5. In a small pressure cooker, add oil, temper with cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Lower the flame and add the ground paste carefully.
  6. Step 3 - chole recipe
  7. Cook covered for sometime as it splutters a lot. For 3 minutes. Add garam masala or chole masala, red chilli powder, coriander seeds powder, turmeric, required salt and mix. Continue frying covered until aromatic.
  8. Step 4  chole recipe
  9. Once oil separates, add the cooked chana along with the chana cooked water.
  10. Step 5 chole recipe
  11. Add required water and pressure cook for a whistle. Give some standing time before serving.
  12. Step 6 chole recipe


    • If you want the gravy in greener side, increase green chilli and reduce red chilli powder and chole masala. As we add coriander and mint leaves, it will be flavourful, no need to rely on the masala powders.
    • Adjust water consistency as needed.

Goes well with bhatura the best or even with phulkas. Serve with chopped raw onions. The mint and coriander leaves we add makes it special and really flavourful.



  1. Tempting and flavorful Chole

  2. Now a days i make in this style only. Especially morning times. Kids too loving it. Nammakum vella micham.

  3. we r tempting...thank u so much......

  4. So tempting, must try.....
    Similarly we can try this with mutter instead of Chana

  5. Wow,looking delicious Raji..will try soon. God bless you and Sangeetha too!! : )

  6. Need to add green chilles and little tea decoction.You can put a disclaimer that this is your recipe and not the original recipe

    1. Yes obviously this is my chatpata version of chole 😊

    2. Yes obviously this is my chatpata version of chole 😊

  7. Raji,
    I tried it this way last week and it became bitter because of the onion. As I was making a larger quantity for potluck, I couldn't put it in the pressure cooker.
    Any ideas to avoid the bitterness?

    1. How come onion makes it bitter? Hope you added tomatoes as mentioned. Or could be more coriander seeds powder or the mint / coriander leaves?

  8. Tried it today.Easy to do and yummy raks .


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