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Chhole Masala

Chhole Masala

Chhole Masala

Chhole Masala is a tangy and spicy chickpea curry that is sure to bring a flavour of Amritsari street food right into your home. This invigorating, rich, spicy dish will cause a flavours riot and tastes best with a variety of Indian bread like bhature, Puri, butter naan and even aloo tiki.

Recipe for Chhole Masala

Preparation time – 5 Minutes
Cook time – 40 minutes
Serves – 4-6 person


  • Cooked chickpeas (Chhole) – 2 cups
  • Finely chopped red onion – 2 No.
  • Tomato puree – ½ cup
  • Chhole masala powder – 2 tbsp
  • Dried pomegranate seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Slit and deseeded green chilies – 1 -2 No.
  • Tamarind Paste – ½ tsp
  • Cooking oil – 3 tsp
  • Bay leaf – 4 No.
  • Black cardamom – 3-4 No.
  • Cloves – 5-6 No.
  • Dried mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Crushed kasuri methi – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger julienne – 5-6 Pieces
  • Black tea bags soaked 3-4 minutes in ½ cup steaming hot water – 2 bags
  • Onion rings – 5-6


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Now add bay leaves, black cardamom, and cloves to the oil. Sauté the whole spices for a few seconds. Once, the spice start releasing its aroma, add onions and sauté it for 5 minutes or till they turn golden brown.
  2. Now add tomato puree, salt, green chilies and red chili powder. Mix it well and cover it to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add chana masala powder, dried mango powder, pomegranate seeds, sugar, tamarind paste and mix well. Remove the tea bags and add water to the sauce. Mix well, and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Now add cooked chickpeas, kasuri methi, sliced ginger and mix well. Add water if needed. Cover the pan and let the mixture cook for 20 minutes on medium-low heat. Add sliced onions, and mix well.
  5. Chhole Masala are ready.