Amritsari Chole

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Amritsari Chole

By May 5, 2013

I have been a great fan of this particular channa masala for quite a long time. I remember tasting this delicious masala in a party. The guy who made this was a punjabi chef and I instantly loved that dark look. I have always made brown color and was very eager to know why it was black and what he must have added. I met him and gave compliment for his food and inquired him why it was black he said its AMRITSARI STYLE Chole and they add tea leaves to it. I was shocked and amazed at the same time. Some how nicely I asked him for the recipe and he was happy to share it with me. Then came out and made it immediately. This goes so well with bhatura and poori.(Will load the bhatura recipe very soon)I also took notes from Dassana(My new fav fellow blogger) from vegrecipesofindia she and chef def had  the same taste and measurement...Wonder if they were cousins or its a family recipe hmm......

  • Prep Time : 10 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15-20 minutes
  • Yield : 5


1. Soak 2 cups of Channa in a bowl overnight and wash it well in the morning. To this add 1 and half cup of water. Then add cinnamon sticks,cloves,bay leaf,cardamom,tea packet(don't be shocked they always use tea bag in Amritsar chole and gives an excellent color to the Channa,make sure u use tea bag if you put in tsp the chole will get messy later) and ginger-garlic paste. Add little salt too and let it cook for 7-8 min in a cooker.

2. Now make sure you filter the water separate and keep it safe.
3. In a pan add oil then add jeera,onion, ginger pieces(chopped julienne)tomatoes and saute till they become soft. Now add the cooked water to this and add the spice powder mentioned above like red chilly powder,turmeric powder,jeera powder,garam masala,dhania powder and salt.

4. Now to this add channa/konda kadalai and add salt and let it cook for few more mins till the water thickens. To this finely garnish coriander leaves and serve it hot with bhatura or poori.

5. While serving this always keep chopped onions and lemon wedges on side. After tasting this delicious channa you will never go back to the regular channa.


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5 Responses to Amritsari Chole

  1. Dhanish

    Looks really yummy. Now i know the secret of the black chickpea masala. ;)

  2. dassana

    thanks janani for all your positive comments. chef and i are not related :-)

    the black color in the chole can also be achieved by adding dried amla. since everyone does not have access to amla, hence the use of tea leaves. tea leaves help in digesting the beans also.

    • Janani

      wow really that was excellent tip hmm…amla wow sounds really good will def try it out next time.Thanks you so much Dassana.

  3. maha

    wow..this is really spicy luking chana gravy..adding tea bags quite new.vl try next time

  4. meena

    delicious chole,never tried using tea bags.shld try your version some time.

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