One pot pindi chole

Pindi chole is a north Indian dish made with chana/ chick peas. Here is a one pot recipe for a delicious pindi chole. I have used the regular spice powders available in Indian kitchen. Usually this recipe calls for Dry mango powder / amchur powder for sourness. But i have used chat masala instead. Also adding a tea bag while cooking chana gives a nice brown color to the pindi chole.

Pindi chole is best served with Batoora / Bhatura , poori, chapati. Chole with chawal ( Rice) is also a popular north Indian combo.

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Preparation time : 8 hours of soaking chickpeas

Cooking time : 20 minutes

Ingredients :

  1. Chick peas – 1 cup
  2. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  3. Bay leaf – 1
  4. Cloves – 3
  5. Cinnamon stick – 1
  6. Onion – 1 large. finely chopped
  7. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  8. Green chilly – 2, slitted
  9. Tomato – 1 large, finely chopped
  10. Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  11. Red chilly powder – 1 teaspoon
  12. Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  13. Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  14. Jeera powder/ Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  15. Chat masala/ dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon
  16. Kasuri methi/ dry fenugreek leaves – 1 teaspoon
  17. Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  18. Tea bag – 1
  19. Salt – to taste
  20. Coriander leaves – few, finely chopped

Method :

  • Wash and soak the chick peas for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Heat oil in a cooker, add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon stick and saute for few seconds.
  • Then add finely chopped onion, saute till light brown.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste and green chilly, saute for a minute.
  • Next add all powders mentioned above from no. 10 to 17. Saute well for a minute.
  • Next add tomatoes and saute till they turn soft and mushy.
  • Then add drained chickpeas/ chana, add salt and mix well.
  • Add a 1.5 cups of water and mix well.
  • Then place the tea bag on the chick peas, close the lid and cook till done.
  • Usually chick peas takes 4 to 5 whistles to cook. Switch off the flame.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid, remove the tea bag and discard.
  • Switch on the flame, mash the cooked chana little bit, using ladel, to get thick gravy.
  • Add water and adjust the consistency.
  • Add coriander leaves and mix.
  • Pindi choley is ready to serve.

Keep onion slices, green chilly and serve it hot with rice or poori.

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Check out our Chana masala recipe too.

You may also like our other one pot recipes such as

One pot chicken pasta soup

One pot Aaloo bhaji (Potato bhaji)

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