Sunday, May 25, 2008

Pindi Chole

I have this book called, Taste of Punjab by Nita Mehta. I use this recipe for making this chole, and every time I have made it, I have received rave reviews! My friend Priya, who grew up in Delhi, has told me that it has the same exact taste of the chole available on the street side shops of Delhi!

Here goes,

Items you need ( 6 to 8 servings)
To Pressure Cook
Channa Dal (Chick peas or Garbanzo Peas) Soaked 6 to 8 hrs - 2 Cups
Split Channa Dal - 4 tablespoons
Big Cardamom - 4
Cinnamon - 2 inch Stick
Tea water - made with 2 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of tea
Oil - 4 Tablespoons
Onions- 2 (chopped Finely)
Pomegranate Seed Powder - 3 teaspoons
Big Tomato - 2 (Chopped finely)
Ginger - 2 inch piece (Chopped finely)
Garam Masala - 1 Teaspoon
Dhania (Coriander Seed, or Cilantro Seed) Powder - 2 Teaspoons
Channa Masala - 1 Teaspoon
Salt and Red Chili powder to taste
Fresh coriander or Cilantro for Garnish
-->Soak Channa and Channa Dal overnight or 6 to 8 hours.
--> Wash Channas with fresh water and add the tea water, Big Cardoamoms, Cinnamon Sticks and enough water to make sure channas are covered fully.
--->Pressure Cook to give one whistle and after the first whistle and keep on low flame for about 20 to 25 minutes. (The first two pictures are the before and after pressure cooking.)
---> Heat the oil in a big kadai, add the onions and saute till transparent
--->Add the Anardana powder, cook till onions turn dark brown.
--->Add the chopped tomatoes, Ginger and Green Chili. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
--->Add Dhania powder, Chili Powder and Garam Masala. Mash and Stir Fry tomatoes occaionally till they turn brownish in color and oil seperates.
--->Now add the pressure cooked channa along with the all the water in the pressure cooker. Mix well, add salt and Channa Masala powder.
--->Cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat till the liquid dries up a little.
--->Serve garnished with onion rings, green chillies and Tomato wedges

** I added Javantri to the onions and the flavor was extraordinary!

I made Bhature with this recipe. It came out pretty good.....


bee said...

we haven't yet found the perfect chana recipe. this looks delicious.

Sangeeth said...

lovely recipe.....

notyet100 said...

even i prepared pindi chole fewdays back,..but ur recipe is different,.. will sure try version..too

Vandana said...

Thanks bee, Sangeeth and notyet100! Let me know how yours turned out after trying this recipe..

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

I'm looking for the perfect chana recipe too...& yours looks pretty good! Must try this one!! YUM!!

Kamya sharma parashar said...

hi...dear thanks for giving me the perfect chole recipe ....thats of punjabi taste ....i m surely going to try it out !!!!

Pratibimb said...

Tried this recepie, full marks for this one!! :) Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi just came acros your blog ,looks like a wonderful recipe , i do have one question though, whats chana masala? do i buy itt ready made , or is it available as a mix? would love a reply , Thanks

Vandana said...

You can buy Channa Masala readymade.
It is available in most Indian Stores. The Brand I use is MDH.

smita singh said...

Hey just landed on ur blog while searching for choley bhature recipe. Following u knw.

U can cho my blog also...will be happy if u also join me