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Chhole (ଚଣା ମସଲା)


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup chick peas (କାବୁଲି ଚଣା)
  • 2-3black cardamoms (ଗୁଜୁରାତି)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (ଡାଲଚିନି)
  • 5-6 peppercorns (ଗୋଲ୍ ମରିଚ)
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf (ତେଜ ପତ୍ର)
  • 1 and half tsp cumin seeds (ଜିରା)
  • 1 and half tsp coriander seeds (ଧନିଆ)
  • 2 red chillies
  • 3 tbsp oil (ତେଲ)
  • 2 small onions (finely chopped) (ପିଆଜ)
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste (ଅଦା ରସୁଣ ବଟା)
  • 1 green finger chilli (chopped)
  • 3 medium tamato(chopped) (ଟମାଟର)
  • ½ tsp turmeric (ହଳଦୀ ଗୁଣ୍ଡ)
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • salt (ଲୁଣ)
  • ½ tsp garam masala (ଗରମ ମସଲା)
  • chopped fresh coriander (ଧନିଆ ପତ୍ର)
Method:            
  • Wash and soak the chole (chickpeas) in enough water overnight.
  • Add enough amount of water as the chole increase in size after soaking it.
  • In a pressure cooker add the chole, enough water, salt and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles. The chole should be soft when you mash it with a spoon.
  • Now in the same pan, add oil. Once the oil becomes hot, add the chopped onions. Fry till they become transparent.
  • Now add the ginger paste.
  • Once the raw smell of the ginger disappears, then add the chopped tomatoes. Add a little salt so that the tomatoes gets cooked fast.
  • Add the powdered spices, red chili powder and green chilies to the onion-ginger-tomato mixture. Saute for a minute.
  • Now add the boiled chole with a little quantity of its broth. You can add more broth if you want more gravy.
  • Check the salt first as the while boiling the chickpeas we added salt and we are using the same broth.
  • Simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped onions and cilantro leaves.
  • Serve the chole with kulchas, bhaturas, pooris, rotis, along with sliced onions and lime. Its tastes good with rice too.

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