How to make Chholay -

Popular Punjabi dish that goes so well with bhature.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Chickpeas, Chana Masala Powder

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Chholay checkout Kale Chholay, Palak Chole, Jain Punjabi Chole, Chana Pindi . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Achari Kumbh Achar ke Masalewale Karele Methi Paneer Bhurjee Ultimate Potato Puree


Chholay Recipe Card


Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chholay Recipe

  • Chickpeas soaked, drained and cooked with tea leaves and aml 1 cup

  • Chana Masala Powder 1 large

  • Ghee 3 tablespoons + 1/2 cup

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon + 1/4 cup

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Chana masala 2 tablespoons

  • Dried pomegranate seeds powder 2 teaspoons

  • Fried green chillies 4


Step 1

Chop onion. Heat 3 tbsps ghee in a non-stick pan. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds and let change colour. Add onion and saute till light brown.

Step 2

Add ginger-garlic paste and mix and saute till fragrant. Add 1 tbsp chana masala and mix.

Step 3

Add cooked chickpeas and 1½ cups water in which the chickpeas were cooked. Add dried pomegranate seeds powder and mix. Simmer for 10 minutes and switch off heat.

Step 4

Dry roast ¼ cup cumin seeds till brown.

Step 5

Heat ½ cup ghee in a small pan.

Step 6

Cool and grind roasted cumin seeds to a powder. Mix 1 tbsp roasted cumin powder with 1 tbsp chana masala and add to the chholay. Pour the hot ghee over and mix.

Step 7

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot garnished with fried green chillies.

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