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Cooking Time

Preparation Time :9 Min

Cook Time : 30 Min

Total Time : 39 Min


Serves : 3
  • 1 cups dried chickpea (chhole)

  • 2 cups water (for soaking)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 3 cups water (for pressure cooking)

  • 1-2 pinch baking soda (optional)

  • 2-3 tbsp oil

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder

  • red chilli powder 1 tsp

  • 1 pinch asafoetida

  • 1.5 cups water

  • 1 tsp salt or as required

  • 1 nos green chilli finely chopped

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 nos large tej patta

  • 2 inch cinnamon sticks

  • 2 nos green cardamom

  • 2-3 nos black peppercorns

  • 1 nos medium sized finely chopped onion

  • 2 nos medium sized finely chopped tomatoes

  • 1 tsp ginger paste

  • ginger paste 1 tsp

  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste


  • Rinse the chhole a couple of times in water. then soak in enough water for overnight or 7-8 Hours.
  • Next day drain all the water and cook chhole with water and salt in a pressure cooker. you can also add 1 or 2 pinch of baking soda while cooking the chhole. Drain the water and keep them aside.
  • In a grinder add onion, tomatoes, green chilli. Grind to a fine paste.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai. Add cumin seeds, tej patta, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and black peppercorns. Fry them for 2 minutes don't burn them.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and the ground paste. Saute till the oil starts to leave the side of paste. Keep stirring occasionally so that paste dont stick to the bottom and cook it for 7-8 minutes.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, coriander powder, asafoetida, dry mango powder. Mix well and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add cooked chhole and stir well. Add 1.5 cups of water or as required.Note:- If you want you can add 1 small potato in it.
  • Simmer chana masala gravy on a low or medium flame for 12 to 15 minutes or till the curry thickens. Don't cover the pan. Stir occasionally.
  • Mash a few chholas with the back of spoon. This helps in thickening the gravy.
  • Lastly add green chilli paste, tamarind oaste, garam masala and chana masala. stir well.
  • Add Lemon juice and finely chopped fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with sliced onion, lemon, hot bhaturas or pooris.Enjoy 😊