I’ve been an ardent lover of Chana Masala since… I honestly don’t remember! But I can recall those school days when I know mom made Chole and I would literally countdown to lunch break to finish it up clean (when I was popularly known to take back half my lunch box home!). You don’t need an occasion to prepare this dish cause it’s easy to cook, healthy and believe me- it is ALWAYS a HIT!
Chole Masala otherwise a.k.a Chana (or Channa) Masala is a popular vegetarian North Indian gravy prepared using juicy ripe tomatoes, and Chickpeas together with its own unique combination of spices (they call it Chana Masala Powder- available in stores). Also, since Chickpeas are so delicious and versatile, the practically blend in well with a multitude of ingredients and help prepare multiple recipes. Some of the popular ones being Amritsari Chole, Methi Chole, Aaloo Chole, Saag Chana, Spicy Chana Masala, etc. Chickpeas are also used in some popular South Indian recipes like Sundal. In this post, I’ve covered some popular recipes for Chole + tips!
The prep time on this dish is about 6-12 hours and a total cook time of 45 minutes.
PS: The word Chole is mostly used with the word Bhature, cause they’re MFEO. Chole tastes best with Poori variations and also with Chapathi/Phulka. It pairs well with Jeera Rice, plain Basmati Rice and Pulao variations also.
Chana Masala Recipes
Punjabi Chole Recipes
Dry Variation of Chole to go with Bhature
The below recipes are both 4.3/5.0 – totally reminded me of galli ka khana, slurrrp!
Finally, the Dhaba style variation!
I am a fan of all the above recipes and improvise based on the variation that I’d like to taste on a certain day. Here are some generic take-aways before you start cooking!