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Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 3/ Day 2

Theme: Recipes from Menu Card

Dish: Amritsari Chole

We are going to order some ‘Amritsari Chole’ from Puranmal restaurant. There are a ton of chickpea curry variations from the Punjab/ Haryana region and I’m sure each household has there own version of these curries. So when I saw Amritsari Chole on the menu, I wanted to see how different it was from the other chole recipes.

Amritsari chole is a very flavorful and delicious curry. I’ve never cooked chickpeas with tea leaves and this is one of the essential steps for this curry. The tea leaves make the chickpeas a deep dark color, but the taste of tea is not very prominent and doesn’t change the taste of the dish.

Recipe is from Veg Recipes of India and I followed Dassana’s recipe to the T. The curry turned out spicy and delicious. It goes really well with bhatura, naan or kulcha.

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Amritsari Chole (Spicy Chickpea Curry)
Course side dish
Cuisine punjabi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
To Cook Chickpeas:
  • 1 cup Chickpeas - (or use 1 15oz. can of drained and rinsed chickpeas)
  • 1 tsp Tea powder - (or use 1 tea bag)
  • 1 Ginger " - piece, finely grated
  • 2 Bay leaves - small
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick - piece
  • - 2 pods Cardamom
  • to taste Salt
For the Curry:
  • 1 Onion - medium, finely chopped
  • 2 chilies Green - slit
  • 1 Ginger " - piece, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Tomatoes Diced - (or use 2~3 ripe tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground
  • 1 tsp Cumin Ground
  • ½ tsp Chili powder Red
  • ½ tsp Amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • ½ tsp Chole Masala Garam Masala or Garam
  • to taste Salt
For Garnish:
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro - , chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger - , thinly sliced
  • Red Onion - thinly sliced
Course side dish
Cuisine punjabi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
To Cook Chickpeas:
  • 1 cup Chickpeas - (or use 1 15oz. can of drained and rinsed chickpeas)
  • 1 tsp Tea powder - (or use 1 tea bag)
  • 1 Ginger " - piece, finely grated
  • 2 Bay leaves - small
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick - piece
  • - 2 pods Cardamom
  • to taste Salt
For the Curry:
  • 1 Onion - medium, finely chopped
  • 2 chilies Green - slit
  • 1 Ginger " - piece, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Tomatoes Diced - (or use 2~3 ripe tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground
  • 1 tsp Cumin Ground
  • ½ tsp Chili powder Red
  • ½ tsp Amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • ½ tsp Chole Masala Garam Masala or Garam
  • to taste Salt
For Garnish:
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro - , chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger - , thinly sliced
  • Red Onion - thinly sliced
Amritsari Chole (Spicy Chickpea Curry)
Instructions
  1. Cook Chickpeas: Soak chickpeas for 6~8 hours or overnight. Take the chickpeas in a pressure cooker along with 3~4 cups of water. Make a small pouch with cheese cloth (bouquet garni) and add all the ingredients listed under chickpeas in it. Tie it up and add it to the chickpeas in the cooker. Cook till chickpeas are very tender, about 3~5 whistles.
  2. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the cooking water.
  3. For the Curry:Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan, add chopped onions and cook till they turn golden brown, about 5~6 minutes.
  4. Next add green chilies and cook for a minute. Add the chopped ginger and tomatoes; cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  5. Add the cooked chickpeas along with ground coriander, cumin, red chili powder, amchur powder, chole masala and salt; cook for 5~6 minutes for the flavors to mingle.
  6. Add the reserved cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Add more water if there is not enough cooking water.
  7. Lower the heat and simmer for 10~12 minutes or till the gravy thickens a little bit.
  8. When the gravy thickens, add some julienned ginger to the chickpeas.
  9. Serve hot wit the garnishes of choice.
Recipe Notes

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11 thoughts on “Amritsari Chole (Spicy Chickpea Curry)”

  1. My favorite curry. We always use tea for the color. Instead of cheese cloth we would just boil tea in water and use this water for cooking chickpeas. Yours looking so tempting.

  2. I am fan of your recipe and I like it very much and it’s too easy to make it .restaurant in satya niketan

  3. WOW…. This is a very nice recipe. Looks so good. Nice picture. So tempting…restaurant in satya niketan

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