I Can't Wait for Choley (Chole)

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"This is a quick and dirty version of a chickpea masala. Ordinarily, a masala would cook the tomatoes down into a puree. If having tomato pieces in your curry bothers you, give the tomatoes a little whirl in the food processor before adding them to the pan. Sometimes I use canned diced, tomato puree or crushed tomatoes. I don't think that canned tomato sauce has the right character though. Serve with rice, flat bread such as nan, or fried bread, such as bhatura."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (194.5 g)
  • Calories 81.7
  • Total Fat - 0.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 15.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 18 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.9 g
  • Sugars - 6.5 g
  • Protein - 3.8 g
  • Calcium - 71.2 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In large saucepan over medium heat, heat cumin seeds, bay leaf and cinnamon until very fragrant; add ginger and garlic, then add onions.

Step 2

Saute onions until they are translucent. Add oil or water if you need to.

Step 3

Add the tomatoes, coriander, turmeric, salt, and cayenne.

Step 4

Check for seasoning, adding more as you prefer.

Step 5

Bring to a boil; add garbanzo beans (chickpeas), cover, and reduce heat.

Step 6

Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.

Step 7

Stir in garam masala and lemon juice just before serving.

Step 8

Garnish with chopped cilantro.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


This is a quick and easy recipe I really enjoyed. You do have to watch this closely or it will stick. I added vegetable stock a few times to stop it from sticking. It is quite tasty and will see many repeats here.


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(27 Mar 2014)

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