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chole masala

Chole Masala Recipe

A delicious curry made with chickpeas and blends of spices which can be served with rice or roti.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword curry
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Priya Shiva


  • Chickpeas - 1 cup
  • 3 Tomatoes (Finely chopped)
  • 1 big onion (finely chopped)
  • grated ginger - 1 tbsp
  • Finely chopped Garlic - 2 tbsp
  • Carom seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala or Chole masala - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Idhayam Mantra Groundnut oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Soak chickpeas in water for minimum 6 hours or overnight.

  2. Drain the water and cook chickpeas with 2 cups water in a pressure cooker and cook till its soft. You should be able to mash chickpea between your fingers.

  3. Heat oil in a pan and when it's warm, add cumin seeds, carom seeds.

  4. When cumin seeds crackle , add garlic, ginger and onion.

  5. When the onions are translucent, add chopped tomatoes to it. Stir-Fry it for few minutes till the tomatoes are nicely cooked, mashed and oil starts leaving on the sides.

  6. Now add cooked chickpeas, garam masala, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix it well.

  7. If you feel the gravy is too dry add more water. Close the pan and let the chickpeas cook in the spices for few minutes. Keep stirring in between.

  8. Now transfer it into a bowl and garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with jeera rice or poori.