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what is chole



Chole, also known as Chana Masala, is a popular vegetarian dish from the Indian subcontinent. It is made from chickpeas cooked in a spicy tomato and onion gravy with various spices. Chole is typically served with bhature (a type of fried bread), rice, or roti. This dish is a staple in North Indian cuisine and is also popular in neighboring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. Chole is rich in protein, fiber, and iron, making it a nutritious meal choice.

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2 cups

large onion (finely chopped)


large tomatoes (finely chopped)


green chillies (finely chopped)


cumin seeds

1/2 tablespoon


1 tablespoon

garlic paste

red chilli powder

1 tablespoon

coriander powder

1 tablespoon

turmeric powder

1/2 tablespoon

chana masala

1 tablespoon

Salt to taste


2 tablespoons



Step 1:

Soak the chickpeas overnight in enough water.

Step 2:

Drain the water and pressure cook the chickpeas till they are cooked.

Step 3:

In a pan, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds.

Step 4:

Once the cumin seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onions and green chillies and fry till onions turn golden brown.

Step 5:

Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a few more minutes.

Step 6:

Next, add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they turn soft.

Step 7:

Add all the dry spices and salt and mix well.

Step 8:

Add the cooked chickpeas and mix well so that all the spices are coated on the chickpeas.

Step 9:

Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

Step 10:

Serve the chole hot with bhature, rice, or roti.

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