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Chana Masala (Chhole)





Chick peas (Kabuli chana) – 2 cup
Cumin seeds (Zeera)- ½ tsp
Bay leaves (Tejpatta) – 3-4, small
Onion- one big, finely chopped
Tomato- one medium, finely chopped
Ginger paste- 2 tbsps
Garlic paste- 2 tbsps
Green chillies – 2-3, chopped
Black cardamom powder (Badi elaichi)  – ¼  tsp
Green cardamom powder (Chhoti elaichi) – 2-3 pinch
Clove powder- a pinch
Cinnamon powder (Dalchini) – 2-3 pinch
Roast cumin seeds (Zeera) and grind into a fine powder – 1 tsp
Roast coriander seeds (Dhania) and grind into a fine powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder(Haldi)-  ½ tsp
Red chili powder as per taste
Chana masala – 5-6 tsp approx.
Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Lime juice
Salt as per taste
Cooking oil



  • Soak chana in water overnight.
  • Pressure cook  chana with salt and enough water until soft.
  • Heat oil in a pan, fry bay leaves and splutter zeera seeds.
  • Saute chopped onions till golden.
  • Add salt.
  • Add ginger- garlic paste till golden brown.
  • Add all  powdered dry masalas except chana masala.
  • Add tomatoes and cook them till they are soft.
  • Add green chillies.
  • Add  paste of chana masala made in water and fry well.
  • Add boiled chana  and water.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add lime juice.
  • Garnish the preparation with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with bhatura or paratha or naan.

Serves/Makes:  4-5


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