Food Advertising by

Punjabi Chhole Recipe

by Sonia on March 3, 2010

Post image for Punjabi Chhole Recipe

For Chhole, I must say I have had tried at least dozen different methods and recipes. Every version and recipe has its own unique taste. I usually make 2 types Chhole with different methods. It depends what dish I am going to make. If I am making Aloo Tikki with Chhole Chaat or Samosa Chat, we will need a gravy chhole. But, when we crave for something comfort Punjabi Chhole with bhatura, naan or paratha, I always follow Anita’s recipe.

You will only know about this wonderful recipe when you have tried it by yourself. Sometime in last year I came across to Anita’s Punjabi Chhole and I gave a shot. It’s big hit and my guests loved it. Actually I was tired with typical common methods and suddenly I found this fantastic version of Chhole. I don’t remember when I used my readymade Chhole Masala powder last time. Because this recipe has its own masala powder and this powder hits an extra taste and makes your Chhole very very tasty and authentic!

I halved this recipe and adjusted to our taste. I didn’t use the Anardana powder and green chillies. This chhole is best I have had  tasted in my life so far…

Print recipe!

Punjabi Chhole Recipe

{serves 2-3}

Adapted from one of the my favourite blogs: Mad Tea Party


  • 1.5 C Dry Chickpeas, washed couple of times and soaked overnight or 3-4 hours in hot water. (I soaked about 4-5 hours in lukewarm water)
  • A pinch of Soda-Bi-Carb (I didn’t use it)
  • 1 tsp grated Ginger
  • 2-3 big pod of Garlic – minced
  • 2 medium Onion – finely chopped
  • 2 medium Tomato – finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 1.5 tsp Red Chilli powder – or to taste
  • Salt to taste

For Masala Powder (yields about 1/3 cup)

  • 2 tbsp (heaped) Coriander seeds
  • 1″ Cassia Bark
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper corns
  • 3-4 Black Cardamom (I used 2 black and 2 green)
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf/Tejpatta
  • 1 or 2 whole Dry red chillies

How to:

1. Pressure cook drained Chhole and soda bi-carb (if using) adding 2 cups of water for 4-5 whistles or your chhole become soft to eat but it should not be mushy. Keep it aside.

2. Meanwhile heat a pan to roast the spices (I used cast iron pan) on medium heat dry roast all the spices except Cumin seeds. The Cumin seeds tend to burn quickly, so add it in the end and be careful not to burn. Your house will be filled with the nice aroma. Roast till they have almost brown but not black. Cool and grind in Coffee grinder. Store it in air-tight small jar. Following this measurement, you can use this powder 2-3 times. It depends on your taste and how much you uses each time.

3. Heat oil in a  heavy pan. Add grated ginger-garlic and stir till just fragrant. Add chopped onion and cook till pink, when they are translucent.

4. Now add the tomatoes and fry, stirring all the time, till the oil separates. To this, add the fresh ground spice powder (I added about 2 tbsp), garam masala pwd and red chili pwd.

5. To this, add the boiled chhole, 1/2 cup water and salt to taste. Mix it. Cover with lid and let it cook on low heat for 15-20 mins stirring occasionally. You can adjust the gravy consistency with adding less or more water. Taste and adjust.

Serve with Bhatura, Puri, Naan or Paratha.

We had it with Jeera Paratha, Onion salad and buttermilk. Perfect dinner! :)

  • Yum! Yum! Yum! If the photo is mouth-watering, what will it do to me when I eat it!!! Looking forward to that day.

    • Sonia

      Thank you mama! I am so glad you loved my all the recipes. Even we both are looking forward that day. Hope we will see you soon. Big thanks for encouragement. :)

  • Sounds like pindi channa Is is similar to it? I luv pindi channa….will go great with hot pulkas….
    .-= Sharmilee´s last blog ..Masala Bread Upma =-.

    • Sonia

      Sharmilee, this is different from pindi chana. For Pindi channa, the dark brown colored channa (chickpea) is used and they are smaller in size.

  • So glad that it has become a family favourite at your place as well!
    .-= Anita´s last blog ..In a pickle =-.

    • Sonia

      Oh yes Anita, your method is now become my family’s fav too and i always remember it as calling ‘Anita’s Punjabi Chhole’. :) I must say i have been following ur method since (almost) 2 yrs. Thanks for wonderful recipe! :)

  • Hi. The Chana looks awesome. Like u it’s been ages I used Chana Masala. Nothing to beat fresh ground spice.
    .-= Pari´s last blog ..Egg Plant-Zucchini Lasagne in Tomato-Ricotta Cheese Sauce =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Pari. you are right…nothing can beat fresh ground spice powder. :)

  • mmmm..yummmmyy..thats what I can say looking at this yummilicious clicks..loved this recipe..too good.
    .-= Deepa G Joshi´s last blog ..Siddhi from Cooked Dil Se!! =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Deepa. :)

  • very tasty looking chole…is that lassi onn the side
    .-= Trendsetters´s last blog ..Vayakaai Podimaas =-.

    • Sonia

      Welcome Trendsetters! Yes, it’s really tasty Chhole and awesome with lassi. :)

  • Looks nice..Like your pics

    • Sonia

      Thanks Mala. :)

  • Love the chana!! Looks delicious and great click!
    .-= Vaishali Sharma´s last blog ..Holi Special– Mawa filled Gujiya! =-.

    • Sonia

      Thank you Vaishali.

  • sharanya

    Wow, I too feel whenever i eat Chole, at a friends place or restaurant or even homemade, each time it is different. Want to try this recipe as soon as possible. Thanks for posting.

  • nice!! i ve tried close to a dozen recipes myself for chhole… and i have a version i stick to now. but sadly that version is dependent on MDH punjabi chhole masala – but its never let me down.
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..The veggies bite back ~some recipes for a successful vegetarian bbq~ =-.

    • Sonia

      Rajani, i m looking forward your version too! :)

  • One of my fav, looks very inviting! yumm!
    .-= Parita´s last blog ..Vanilla Beans and Chocolate Chip Muffins =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Parita.

  • Hi first time here…Punjabi chhole looks yummy and nice..Beautiful clicks too…

    • Sonia

      Welcome Tina! Thanks so much for your lovely words. Hope you had a good time here. :)

  • wat a beautiful click!!! looks really tempting!!
    .-= Shahana´s last blog ..Thumbprint cookies =-.

    • Sonia

      Thank you Shahana. :)

  • Sonia, I would love this dish. It looks fabulous. Is it similar to Chana Masala?

    • Sonia

      Hey Marla, i am so impressed with your interest in Indian cooking. Yeah…it’s similar to Chana Masala but Chana masala is somewhat dry curry.

  • Cham

    Looks like heaven in bowl :)

    • Sonia

      Thanks Cham. :)

  • My kinda food. Fantasticooo!!!

    • Sonia

      Thank you Priya. :)

  • PJ

    punjabi chhole look so delicious and yummy, Sonia! wonderful photos as always. sorry, i have been so late here..
    .-= PJ´s last blog ..Red chard daal and an interesting grocery smackdown article! =-.

  • jagruti


    chole looks delicious..our family favourite..come and check my first event..

  • de jolies photos ton plat a l’air succulent je t’en félicite et bravo
    bonne journée

  • Looks spicy and inviting, mouthwatering dish, no one could say no to this dish:):)

  • This looks soooo good…words fail me….great recipe..im bookmarking it..

  • The masala powder sounds fiery, delicious and intriguing!

    • Sonia

      Yes Mona, this powder will add a special taste to your chhole! :)

  • The Chole’s picture was veryyyyyyyyyyy mouthwatering to see .Also the pictures below it was very appealing.

  • Remya

    The recipe is simply superb; it just comes out as intended of a Chhole. I have been making it quite a few times now and my family really adores it. Thank you so much for the recipe.

    • 7Spice

      Thank you Remya for letting me know. Glad your family love it :-)

Previous post:

Next post: