Monday, August 15, 2011

Easiest Chhole Ever

'Easy' is a relative word, and so I should start off by qualifying that this is the easiest of all the chhole recipes that I have tried.

After having tried several chhole recipes, it also happens to be my most favorite in terms of taste, so with a very high taste to effort ratio, it is also the 'Best Chhole Ever' in my world. There is absolutely no chopping involved. Dried garbanzo beans are soaked and cooked, and then mixed with some flavorful dried spices. Simple and delicious. If anyone remembers the old 'bawarchi' site, that is where I got this recipe. The accompanying description by the contributor said that his mother learned to make it from a street vendor near their house in Delhi. Street, vendor, chhole, delhi, conjured up an image of something truly delicious and authentic in my mind, and the recipe did not disappoint.

The link has changed twice since, but this is where the original resides now. I use a lot less oil than specified, and it still seems fine to me.

Even if you like the usual chhole with onions and tomatoes, I recommend you give this a try, if only to compare and decide.




1 cup dried garbanzo beans
1 tea-bag
1 bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon red chili powder (cayenne)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon amchoor (dried mango powder)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon chhole masala (or chana masala)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 Tablespoon (or less) oil
pinch of cumin seeds (optional)


Soak the garbanzo beans in a large bowl with plenty of water for 8-10 hours. Rinse and drain them when you are ready to cook. You can cook them in a pressure cooker with the standard three-whistle regulation that you might be using for dal, or you can cook them over a stove-top, which could take 45 minutes to an hour.

I use a pressure cooker, with a small pot inside with the beans. To the garbanzo beans, add one tea-bag (remove label if it has one), one bay leaf, and enough water to cover the beans completely. A little extra water doesn't hurt. Let the pressure drop on its own, and then drain the beans in a large sieve or colander, making sure you save the cooking water.

Measure out all the dry spices in a small bowl, and mix them all with the warm beans to distribute them completely.

Heat the oil in large pan or wok. Add the cumin seeds (if using) and when they start to sizzle, add the beans and stir together. Add the cooking water a little at a time, and keep stirring gently until you have enough to form the gravy (sauce).


Archana said...

that's it? You are not kidding are you? I must try this one. Love the idea absolutely fantastic.

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Prachi said...

Why the tea bag? This sounds very simple and delicious, will try it.
Hope you are well!

evolvingtastes said...

Archana, no kidding at all! Use fresh ground robust spices, and you will notice a difference.

DK! Nice to see you here after a long time. The tea bag definitely helps to add a rich brown color to the 'gravy'/'sauce', and I think it adds to the flavor too. I have tried the same recipe without the tea bag (probably forgotten :)) and the chhole did not taste as it usually does.

Mints! said...

easy as 1-2-3 :) I will try for sure. I am not a big fan of tomato-gravied chhole.

Another addition - when chhole are done, dry roast cumin seeds and crush using rolling pin and add at the very end!

Anjali Koli said...

ET I tried this chole and I did a shorter thing mixed all masalas and chole and oil and pressure cooked. After opening the cooker added the amchur else it would have slowed down the cooking of chole. It turned out nice. Really quick without the bhunoying of the masala. Thanks.

evolvingtastes said...

Anjali, thanks for trying out and letting me know!

Poornima said...

I tried this out yesterday and turned out great. As good as all the other laborious recipes. Thanks.

evolvingtastes said...

Poornima, thanks for letting me know. I am glad you liked it!

fargopatt said...

i´ve just found your place.. and I love it!!!
i´m trying this evening the rava mango cake.. i can´t wait!!! and of course i´ll try a lot more of your easy recipes... and this one will be soon on our table!!!

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Kalyan Panja said...

Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare & delicious!

Shammi said...

I'm a huge fan of chickpeas in general, and made into chole. There's no chole recipe that I havent loved - am sure this will work out exactly the same. Even more, probably, as it's such a simple recipe!

evolvingtastes said...

Shammi, give it a try. I have heard many people tell me that they have enjoyed this version. said...

This looks really very healthy and delicious too....thanx dear 4 sharing this...nice space nice recipes n nice clicks too.happy to visit here...

evolvingtastes said...

Thanks maha, and welcome to my blog

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