amritsari chole recipe | how to make amritsari chole

how to make amritsari chole at home

amritsari chole recipe with step by step pictures – authentic and traditional punjabi chole recipe that brings the taste of Amritsar right into your home. This chickpea curry is made with a mix of traditional Indian spices that lends it heat, aroma, and earthiness.

Sundays are usually reserved for family favorites like chicken curries, chole, rajma, dal makhani and alike. So why am I sharing this recipe in the middle of the week, you ask? So that you have enough time to gather the ingredients  for amritsari chole recipe (अमृतसरी छोले रेसिपी) so that you can treat your family with this yummy amritsari chole the coming weekend.

what to serve with amritsari chole

Amritsari chole is traditionally served with kulcha, naan or bhatura. I make bhatura whenever I make Amritsari chole at home. This time I made Amritsari chole and served it with jeera rice and it tastes fantastic! So do try this combination if you haven’t already.

how to cook chole

Also known as kabuli chana and safed chana, it is essential that chole be cooked to perfection. I wanted my chole to be absolutely melt in mouth. Besides, the color of chole in this recipe is supposed to be dark. So I have used baking soda while pressure cooking the chole to make them soft. To balance the alkaline nature of the baking soda, I have used black tea. Black tea lends a beautiful brown color to the chole and the stock. It also eliminates the bitterness of the baking soda.

Adding baking soda cuts down the cooking time for chole drastically. My chole got cooked in just 3 whistles. However, the cook time varies slightly because everyone’s pressure cooker is different. So use your best judgement.

The ginger juliennes and whole spices go in while pressure cooking the chole. This recipe has no garlic in it. So the ginger has a slightly dominant flavour and biting into the soft juliennes every now and then gives a burst of flavors.

how to cook amritsari chole

The gravy of amritsari chole is very easy to make. It starts off by heating the mustard oil until it smokes. The you saute the onions and tomatoes. The ground spices go in when the oil begins to separate. And next, you add in the chole along with the stock and let it simmer until the gravy is thick.

You can keep the gravy slightly runny or thick, as per your liking. I like it moderately thick. Finally, amritsari chole are garnished with chilies and fresh coriander. This amritsari chole recipe will surely remind you of the chole you get in dhabas in Amritsar.

If you are looking for more Punjabi style curries, do check out these recieps – punjabi chole masalapaneer masalapunjabi lobia, dhaba style matar paneermalai kofta, palak paneer, dhaba style chicken curry, chicken tikka masala. Also, here is recipe for melt-in-mouth, fluffy bhaturas – how to make bhatura

Now let’s see how to make this lip-smacking amritsari chole recipe at home.

how to make amritsari chole recipe

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amritsari chole recipe | how to make amritsari chole
 
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amritsari chole recipe is a quick and easy authentic punjabi recipe of kabuli chana. it has the characteristic dark color because of the tea used to cook chole until they are soft and melt in mouth. the chole gravy is prepared in a traditional way in a handi and tastes exceptional with bhature, kulcha, and jeera rice.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
For Preparing the Chole
  • Chole / kabuli chana - 1 cup, soaked for 8 hours
  • Cinnamon - 1-inch stick
  • Black cardamom - 1
  • Cloves - 2
  • Black tea - ¾ tsp or 2 teabags
  • Ginger - 1-inch piece, julienned
  • Salt - to taste
  • Baking soda - ¼ tsp
  • Water - 2 cups
For Making the Amritsari Chole Gravy
  • Mustard oil - 2 tbsp
  • Onions - ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Fresh tomatoes pureed - ¾ cup
  • Chole masala - 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder - 1 tbsp
  • Sweet tamarind chutney - 1 to 1 & ½ tbsp or to taste
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Green chilies - 2, slit
Instructions
  1. If you have tea bags, use them. If not, then pack some loose black tea in a mesh infuser.
  2. To make amritsari chole recipe, start off my draining the soaked chole. Transfer it to a pressure cooker and add water, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, black cardamom, cloves, ginger, and tea.
  3. Pressure cook the chole for 2-3 whistles until soft. Turn the heat off. Let the pressure subside on it's own.
  4. To make the amritsari chole gravy, heat mustard oil in a handi until it smokes. Turn the heat off and let it cool a bit.
  5. Turn the heat back on and toss in the onions. Saute until the onions are golden.
  6. Pour in the freshly pureed tomatoes and saute until the oil begins to separate.
  7. Add the ground spices; turmeric, Kashmiri chili, and chole masala.
  8. Saute the masala on low heat for a minute stirring constantly until fragrant.
  9. Add water and bring the curry to a boil.
  10. Next, add in the boiled chole and the stock. Adjust the salt. Mash some chole to thicken the gravy with the back of the spoon.
  11. Add the sweet tamarind chutney as per your taste to balance the heat from the spices. If you do not have sweet tamarind chutney, add tamarind pulp and jaggery to taste.
  12. Finally, add the coriander leaves and green chilies. Give it a stir.
  13. Amritsari chole recipe is ready.
  14. Serve amritsari chole with kulcha, bhatura, or jeera rice.

 

amritsari chole recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

If you have tea bags, use 2 of them. If not, then pack 3/4 tsp loose black tea in a mesh infuser.

cooking chole with black tea


Step 2

To make amritsari chole recipe, soak 1 cup chole in sufficient water for 8 hours. Drain the chole and transfer it to a pressure cooker and add 2 cups water, salt to taste, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1-inch cinnamon, 1 black cardamom, 2 cloves, 1-inch julienned ginger, and tea.

how to cook chole


Step 3

Pressure cook the chole for 2-3 whistles until soft. Turn the heat off. Let the pressure subside on it’s own.

boiled chole for amritsari chole recipe


Step 4

To make the amritsari chole gravy, heat mustard oil in a handi until it smokes. Turn the heat off and let it cool a bit.

making amritsari chole with mustard oil


Step 5

Turn the heat back on and toss in 1/2 cup finely chopped onions. Saute until the onions are golden.

dhaba style amritsari chole recipe


Step 6

Pour in 3/4 cup freshly pureed tomatoes and saute until the oil begins to separate.

how to make making amritsari chole


Step 7

Add the ground spices; 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp Kashmiri chili, and 2 tbsp chole masala.

amritsari chole masala powder


Step 8

Saute the masala on low heat for a minute stirring constantly until fragrant.

amritsari chole in onion tomato gravy


Step 9

Add 1 cup water and bring the curry to a boil.

amritsari chole gravy


Step 10

Next, add in the boiled chole and the stock.

amritsari chole masala


Step 11

Bring it to a boil. Adjust the salt. Mash some chole to thicken the gravy with the back of the spoon.

making amritsari chole recipe


Step 12

Add 1 to 1 & 1/2 tbsp sweet tamarind chutney as per your taste to balance the heat from the spices. If you do not have tamarind chutney, add tamarind pulp and jaggery to taste.

amritsari chole with imli and gur , amritsari chole with tamarind and jaggery


Step 13

Finally, add 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves and 2 slit green chilies. Give it a stir.

amritsari chole dhaba style


Step 14

Amritsari chole recipe is ready.

amritsari chole masala recipe


Step 15

Garnish amrtisari chole with some chopped onions and julienned green chilies for an amazing texture. Serve amritsari chole with kulcha, bhatura, or jeera rice.

amritsari chole recipe easy

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Yosh
    April 24, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Sound delicious..
    I think it easy to try at home..
    Thanks for sharing recipe

    • Reply
      Monica
      April 29, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Hello Yosh. Yes, it is a very easy recipe and gets ready in no time. Do try it. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Reply
    jacqueline arora
    May 1, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    wow..too good

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 5, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    avantika m
    May 5, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    stunning pictures..step by step explanation makes it really easy to cook your dishes 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 6, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Avantika

  • Reply
    medha
    May 10, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    i love that Sunday Special writing in the background. your amritsari chle looks fab.

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 12, 2018 at 3:45 am

      Thanks Medha

  • Reply
    hanisha solanki
    May 16, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    lovely chole rice. looks delicious.

  • Reply
    khushi batham
    May 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    mindblowing

  • Reply
    salil h
    May 26, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    very nice

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