Chhole with a hint of Tamarind

Everyone has their own recipe for chhole. I was watching a cookery show on Tatasky and the cook did not use tomatoes or onions in the chhole. He just added a variety of spices to boiled chickpeas and that was it. I have prepared chhole before but never with tamarind. Tamarind adds the subtle bite to the dish and enhances the flavor. It is tastes best with bhature.


1 cup chhole (chickpeas)

1 tbsp baking soda

1 onion

2 tomatoes

1 inch ginger

4-5 cloves of garlic

1 green chilli

2 tbsp oil

1 tsp zeera

A pinch of hing

1 tbsp haldi

2 tbsp dhaniya

1 tbsp garam masala

Salt, red chilli to taste

¼ cup tamarind

Chhole flavored with Tamarind

Chhole flavored with Tamarind

Soak chhole in 3 cups of water. Add baking soda to it. This will make the chickpeas soft. Leave overnight.

Soak tamarind in ½ cup water and leave overnight.

Boil the chickpeas in cooker for atleast 20 mins till they become soft. Mash the tamarind in the water itself to make a pulp. Drain through a sieve to get the paste.

Blend onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chilli to make a puree. Heat oil in a skillet. Add zeera and hing to it. When zeera starts to pop, add the puree and cook till it separates from oil. Add the boiled chickpeas along with the spices. Add 2 tbsp of tamarind paste. Add 2-3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for 7-8 minutes. Serve hot.


One Response

  1. Chole looks good..infact tasty 🙂

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