Monday, December 5, 2011

Chole Recipe without Onions and Tomatoes/ White Chickpeas Curry

Searching for that elusive taste in recipes and dishes is always a challenge. Chole or Kabuli Chana recipes are  one of those recipes, where we try to replicate 'that' particular flavour: a favourite chaatwala, or a restaurant famous for its 'chole', or that Dhaba on your trip, or then the special recipe from family or friends. Widely used in the street foods of India, variations abound.
 Sangeeta's recipe , without onions, garlic or tomatoes is a keeper. Perfect for the cold weather with deep fried breads like puris or bhaturas.

The puris were made  in lieu of rice for the Ekadashi fast today; this was made yesterday. Will post the traditional Puzhukku recipe later this week. This recipe goes to Priya's Bookmarked Recipes Every Tuesday event. These were taken in the fading light; will update tomorrow! :-)

Variation from Original Recipe:
  1. Original recipe calls for 250 gms of Dried Chickpeas. Here 2 Cups/approximately half pound.
  2. Original uses 2 inch piece of ginger. Here half of the amount is substituted with Mango Ginger.
  3. Mustard Oil is substituted with Vegetable Oil


2 Cups Dried Chickpeas/ Vella Kadala/ Garbanzo Beans/ Kabuli Chana [ soak overnight]
Split chickpeas/ channa daal 2 tbsp
Ginger root 1 inch piece
Mango Ginger 1 inch piece
Dry red chillies 3 or to taste
Coriander seeds 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds 2 tsp
Black pepper corns 2 tsp
Bay leaves 2-3 nos.
Cloves 3 nos.
Black cardamom 2 nos.
Amchoor powder/ Dry Mango Powder 2 tsp or more if needed
2 tbsps of vegetable oil
  • Pressure Cook the Split Channa Dal with the soaked chickpeas for 20-25 minutes. [ Optional: Add a pinch of soda-bicarb to soften the channa.]
  • Grind all the spices-except the Amchoor/Dried Mango Powder- alongwith the bay leaves and the dried red chillies with a little water into a smooth paste.
  • Heat 2 tbsps of oil and fry the ground paste until the oil separates.
  • Add the cooked chickpeas to this mixture
  • Add water if needed, the Dried Mango Powder, Salt 
  • Cook on low heat for 30 minutes for the flavours to meld together.


  1. nice variation to the regular chole... looks delicious..

  2. Hi shri,been so so very busy with a baby.Sorry for not visiting more often. My mom makes a similar recipe but adds tamarind instead of the for ekadashi and other fasting days.Happy holidays dear!

  3. Nice clicks dear..Chole looks yummy.

  4. Nice and tempting recipe.. thanks for sharing :)
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  5. Kadala curry without onions looks delicious.

  6. wow yummy very good breakfast, always my family fav tiffin

  7. craving for some baturas n chole now..yummm

  8. Chole and puri is a classic combination..which I love to have..and this one without onions and garlic is great to be taken during puja days.

  9. Great pictures Shri !!!

    I love mango ginger in chutneys and some stir fries, never have tried it in spicy curries. Has been ages since i saw any mango ginger in markets here.

  10. I absolutely love chole...Yumm!!!

  11. Yummy recipe...looks tempting...nice click.

  12. Thankyou! And thankyou Sangeeta! Good to hear from you Preeti. The Indian grocery store is carrying mango ginger/'white ginger' since a few weeks. we don't usually get them.

  13. Love chole..tempting clicks..

  14. Beautiful and exotic combination of ingredients!

  15. Nice clicks dear..Chole looks yummy.

  16. Hello Shri,
    Hopped on to your lovely blog from Priya's place:)Your Chole recipe is very very delectable and I absolutely loved the addition of mango ginger to the dish!I will be back to check out your other recipes and I'm your newest follower!Do drop in at my place sometime.

  17. That must be delicious! I love chickpeas.



  18. very tempting recipe......

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  19. They look mouthwatering...should try it soon..

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  20. First time at ur space,luved it,..

  21. With some many food intolerances (gluten, dairy, tomato, pork, egg, etc, etc) it is always nice to find something new especially anything so different from what I can usually eat. Can't wait to try this!

  22. By the way, you can't eat poori on Ekadashi if you're fasting. Ekadashi fast means no grain in any form through the whole day until it is time to break the fast next morning (check paran time in your country). Haribol!

    1. As with any religious observance, it varies from region to region.
      In Kerala, for the Ekadashi fasts, people avoid rice and partake of gothambu/wheat and chama-ari.
      You need not take my word for it- please do check with folks from Kerala.


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