Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pindi chana recipe (Pindi chole recipe)

I wanted to try chana masala recipe with tea as ingredient,as I heard it from few friends. So found this recipe and this is the 3rd or 4th time I am making this. This has become my kiddo’s favourite now,who hated chana before. The only person now I have to convince is my hubby…Still he is ok with this for once in a while. This is perfect side dish for chapati, bhatura or poori.
The chole picture in the cookbook was very dark and had less masala coated,thats coz I reduced the channa but not the other things. The reason for a lighter shade must be the tea bags,I used only one while its was mentioned for 2. Thats coz I was afraid using tea as my kid is allergic to caffeine. This is not gravy kind, its comes out a bit dry . But soft and yummy chole goes well with poori or bhatura!

Pindi chana recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast - Sides
Prep Time: 12 hours soaking time    |  Cook time: 35 mins    Serves: 4


Chana /chick peas - 1 cup

Chana dal - 2 tblsp

Onion - 2, finely chopped

Tomato - 3, chopped

Green chilli - 1

Tea bag - 1 or 2

Moti elachi(Big cardamom) - 1

Cinnamon - 1 inch piece

Ginger - 1 inch piece(chopped)

Anar daana seeds(pomegranate seeds) Powder - 2 tsp

Dhania powder - 1 tsp

Red chilli powder - 1/2 – 3/4 tsp

channa masala powder - 1 tsp

Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp

Cooking soda - 1 pinch

Oil - 2 tblsp

Lemon - as needed

Coriander leaves - 2 tblsp

Salt - as needed


  1. Soak channa overnight. Add channa dal, cooking soda,tea bag,cinnamon and ealchi. Pressure cook up to 1 whistle and simmer the flame to lowest and cook for 20 minutes.Make sure to add water enough to immerse channa.
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  3. Heat oil in pan and add onions and fry till transparent.Add anar daana powder and give it a quick stir. Add chopped tomatoes,ginger,salt and green chilli. Fry for 3-4 minutes.
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  5. Add dhania powder,red chilli powder, garam masala. Fry until oil separates.
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  7. Strain channa from the cooker and reserve the water. Remove tea bag,elachi and cinnamon.Add channa to onion tomato masala and mix well.
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  9. Cook for 5-7 minutes in medium flame. Lastly add channa masala and the reserved water. Cook again for 15 minutes. This masala has to be little dry.
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  • Tea bags sure adds a wonderful fragrance to the masala…I added only one, if you add 2 I think you can get a darker colour.
  • Cooking time is very high,but that only makes the channa blend well with the masala and makes it softest.
  • I dint add anardana powder,but sure its a star ingredient in this masala, I will sure add next time after I buy that…I added a tsp of chaat masala instead..
  • Serve with the toppings,its best way of serving.
  • It gets more thick/dry when cooled.

To serve, add chopped onion,lemon juice and coriander leaves on top and enjoy with bhatura or poori or chapati.


66 Stars(comments):

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  2. Wow!! Wonderful recipe!!! Love the way u prepared it.....

  3. Wow..Tempting Channa masala with the hint of tea flavour..luv it

  4. I love this absolutely..looks delicious

  5. Love the presentation and the pictures look so inviting.

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  6. Absolutely very new to me and surely will taste yummy.Tempting a lot.

  7. This is my fav anytime...but havent tried it at home...looks so flavourful n yummy

  8. hi raks kitchen. i dont think i can try this out cods we dont have the fundamental ingredients like daana seeds and dhana plus channa powder.
    the delicious dish will not taste great without these missing ingredients.

  9. Love the dark hue,definitely a must-try.

  10. I love this with Bhaturas. Made it last week and it is waiting to be published. Clicks are good.

  11. Sure it take delicious,very tempting clicks as ever...

  12. wow lovely recipe and adding tea bags to chhole is a new thing 4 me...thnx for the recipe...:)

  13. Very tempting clicks....Perfect with some bhature

  14. Perfect for poori and bhatura..loved it..the last picture is so cute..

  15. Channa is something we love here and I try tomake it in different ways and this one looks so so super delicious.

  16. My sons fav too,..;) looks delicious ,..

  17. The pindi cahna looks so mouth watering. Loved the presentation :)

  18. Nice recipe. Love the way you decorated the bowl with onion and lime.


  19. Looks delicious. never tried this.. Bookmarked.

  20. Chole is a good combo with Batura. Nice presentation!

  21. Looks so yum!!! Have never tried or tasted before!!

  22. Cool side dish recipe.Nice clicks as usual.

  23. Just need some arma garam bhaturas n I am all set ~ inviting n delicious pindi chole Raji ~ my all time fav :)

  24. This is kind of how my neighbour's version of chole looks like - it's amazing! :)

  25. I never knew to add a tea bag into Chole for a different version. That is a neat idea. Love Nita Mehta's recipes.

  26. This looks wonderful..drool worthy chole

  27. A real tempting chole and beautiful clicks. The new layout of posts looks superb.

  28. I exactly do the same way Raji.. and make it very very often. wish i can have bhatura and chole now :)

  29. But one thing is I add more water in the masala and cook the channa in low flame for long time , in that way the channa absorbs spices and tastes sooo good.

  30. Pavi, I too add the reserved water in which we cook the channa and simmer it for 15 minutes after that as I have mentioned in the last step. After that only the masala gets thick and dry...

  31. Wow.. love the look of your chole. i have to try yours :)

  32. Mouthwatering dish. I recently tried cooking Chana with tea bags. Nice presentation

  33. wow to good dish.. am yet to try with the tea bag..hv heard abt this option ..good n yummyy

  34. Mouthwatering chana!! Now i all i need are some hot bhaturas to go with it ;)
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  35. i love channa in anyform...YUM YUm...great combo with roti

  36. One of my fav. ...have in draft to post too :D

  37. yummy..looks fabulous..

  38. Great presentation and looks so yum!

  39. last picture is good. I too make my own channa masala. Tastes great!

  40. Looks very tempting.

  41. wow, lovely chana recipe, looks absolutely delicious..

  42. Looks delicious, just like in restuarants. Give me two bhaturas and a bowl of your yummy channa, I think I will disappear to a lonely place to enjoy them.

  43. The Bowl of pindi chana is absolutely tempting, Raks...the pics are as usual wonderful, u r very creative...I also posted kadai chole recep yesterday, what a coincidence..

  44. Anonymous9/9/11 14:36

    The first picture looks very tempting..and the addition of tea bag is very interesting.This is a surely a recipe which I am going to try :)

  45. I simply adore pindi chole Raji ...looks awesome:)...perfect with batura:)

  46. I can grab that bowl and finish it like a snack,simply inviting..

  47. mouth watering dear...hope I was thr to eat it!...

    bookmarked it will surely try this!

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  48. I do use the tea bags for making channa..and love the presentation and the clicks, Raji!
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  49. hi!!....ur blog looks simply awesome!!...have bcum fan of ur cooking!...thnx for all the nice recipes!...:)

  50. Yummy dish and yummy click!

  51. Adding tea bag to channa.. looks quite interesting.. want to try but wondering if there is any alternate option for pomegranate seeds powder..

  52. I also make pindi chole with tea leaves. It gives a beautiful color. I have tagged you in a game so please come and visit my blog

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  53. chole looks amazing - the only ingredient that I wonder about is the cooking soda - sometimes makes it too soft? or not really?

  54. i cant have enough chole recipes!! and we never tire of pindi chana at my home for sure!
    Yours looks amazing! btw, you can use dry mango powder or rock salt instead of pomegranate seeds powder.. though they are really the best for chole! love your step by step pictures!

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  55. very gud pics.
    i tried it n ur potato curry,bth came out well,,thnks 4 sharing...

  56. I tried this today and adding the tea bag made the water sweeter. Did it happen to you too?

  57. I tried this today and adding tea bag turned the channa water sweet. Did this happen to you too?

    1. Does your tea bag has sweetener in it. I didn't had that problem


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