Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pindi Chole Recipe (Pindi Chana Recipe)

Pindi Chole Recipe
I badly wanted to try pindi chana(punjabi chole) as I have tasted it in restaurants and also in ready to eat. I got the ingredients ready and totally forgot about it.Then a sudden urge last month and I finally made this, should I say about the taste...? It was a totally different from the usual chana masala we make, am sure this will add on to my fav sidedishes for roti or even poori.I referred the recipe from a cookbook by MenuRani Chellam.
Pindi Chole Recipe

Pindi Chana Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 8 hrs soaking time | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

White Chana - 3/4 cup
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1.5 tsp
Tomato puree - from 2 medium sized tomatoes
Green Chillies- 2 slitted
Tea Bag - 1
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Cardamom - 1
Red Chilli Powder - 3/4 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Amchur powder(Dry mango powder) - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Anardana seeds(Pomegranate Seeds) - 2 tsp


  1. Dry roast cumin and anardana seeds till nice aroma rises, and grind it to a coarse powder, Set aside. Soak chana overnight and pressure cook with enough water along with tea bag,cinnamon and cardamom for 6-7 whistles.Drain water and keep chana aside.Reserve drained water.Heat oil in a pan add onion, ginger garlic paste and green chillies saute till golden brown.
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  2. Add the tomato puree,roasted powder,red chilli powder,garam masala powder and required salt. Saute till raw smell leaves.Then add reserved boiled water.
    How to make pindi chana - Step1
  3. Allow it to boil for few mins.Once it becomes thick like a semi thick gravy add the cooked channa.
    How to make pindi chana - Step2
  4. Add amchur powder , give a quick stir and let chana absorb the gravy well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and switch off.Add lemon juice while serving along with onion rings.
    How to make pindi chana - Step3
Serve hot with phulkas / pooris.
Pindi Chole Recipe

My Notes:

  • Usually pindi channa is semi dry but if you want more gravy then add 1 more tomato for making the puree.
  • Dont skip amchur powder and anardhana seeds they give a great flavour to the curry.
  • If you have big cardamom use it, I dont have, so skipped and used green cardamom itself.The darker color is because of the teabag , it gives a great flavour to the gravy.
  • You will get Pomegranate seeds in Nuts and Spices.
Pindi Chole Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Delicious and super tempting!!!! very nicely done..

  2. These chole look super delicious. Adding the tea bag is new to me - I dint know - thanks for sharing that tip. Nice bright and clear pictures- very beautiful :)
    Shema | LifeScoops

  3. A fav & popular way of relishing chole..Looks too yummm!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. Delicious looking chole! Great clicks!

  5. This looks super delicious!


  6. Who can resist to this wonderful and delicious pindi Chole.

  7. Very tasty looking dish! Tea bag concept is new for me too! Interesting!

  8. looks absolutely delicious and tempting..

  9. i prefer mine with more gravy the husband absolutely loves this!

  10. yummy can eat it just like that!

  11. Super perfect and real soft roti too...

  12. I prepare it with little more gravy.. Looks very perfect...

  13. Very yummy and delicious one, perfect side for rotis

  14. Yummy it looks. I recently bought this pindi channa from the ready food by ashirvad and loved it. Happy to see the recipe here.


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