Chole masala or Chickpeas gravy

Chickpea curry!

It’s an all-time favourite North Indian dish, traditionally served with puffed deep fried round bread. Most populary known as Chole-Bhatura: Chole is Chickpeas and Bhatura is the flat bread made out of plain flour.

But I have found a simplified version that tastes good and has less oil.

Best served with steamed rice also makes it easy to bring it to work.

Ingredients: Serves 2

 1 Can of chick peas 
 2 Medium sized Tomatoes roughly chopped
 1tsp. Ginger paste & 1 ½ tsp. Garlic paste
 1-2 Large chopped Onion
  ½ tsp. Cumin powder
 ¾ tsp. Coriander powder  
 ¾ tsp. Garam masala or Chole/Channa masala (found in Indian store)
 1tsp. Cumin seeds
 ½  tsp. Turmeric powder
 ½ tsp. Chili powder- adjust if you like food more hot
 2-3 tsps. Cooking oil
 Salt to taste
 Chopped Coriander to garnish (optional)

  1. Drain & wash the chickpeas
  2. In a blender or food processor add the chopped tomatoes and onion. Mix to form a paste.
  3. Heat oil in a medium sized pan.  Add the ginger garlic paste right away. Stir.
  4. When hot add the cumin seeds. They should crackle right away.
  5. Give everything a quick mix around, the aroma of the ginger garlic paste and cumin should hit you now.
  6. Now add the blended tomoato & onion paste.  Mix well. Cover with a lid and let the paste reduce to half.
  7. Once the tomato and onion paste has released oil, add turmeric, chilli, coriander and cumin powder.
  8. Mix well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on low to medium heat or until all spices have given out the flavours.
  9. Now add the chickpeas. Coat them well with the spice mixture. Add some water to help everything simmer together.
  10. Add salt and Garam masala (or Chole masala). Mix well. Check for seasoning and add any of the spices that need adjustment.  You may add some lime juice at this stage to add some more flavour.
  11. Cover the pan. Let it cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  12. If you want more curry, add some more water. When everything comes to a slight boil turn the heat off and let it sit for some time before serving.
  13. Garnish with chopped coriander.
  14. Serve with rice or flat bread and ring shaped onions & cubes of lime.