How to make Chole Chicken -

A rather unusual fusion with delicious results

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Chickpeas (kabuli chane), Chicken drumsticks (चिकन टंगड़ी (ड्रमस्टिक्स) )

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Chicken

Chole Chicken

Chole Chicken 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 : 7-8 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chole Chicken Recipe

  • Chickpeas (kabuli chane) soaked overnight, drained and boiled 1 cup

  • Chicken drumsticks 4

  • Oil 2-3 tablespoons

  • Medium onions finely chopped 3 teaspoon

  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Green chili paste 1/2 teaspoon

  • Large tomato chopped 1

  • Tomato puree 1/2 cup

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon

  • Yogurt 1/2 cup

  • Chole masala 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Garam masala powder 1 large pi

  • Lemon 1/2

  • Fresh coriander sprigs to garnish


Step 1

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add onions and sauté till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste, and green chilli paste, mix and saute for 1 minute.

Step 2

Make a few slits on the chicken drumsticks and add to the pan, mix well and cook on high heat for 1-2 minutes.

Step 3

Push the drumsticks to the side, add tomato and tomato puree in the centre, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.

Step 4

Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder, mix and cook till the oil separates. Add 1 cup water, mix and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 5

Add yogurt, mix and cook for 2 minutes. Add chole masala and mix well. Add salt, mix and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 6

Add boiled chickpeas and mix well. Add 1 cup water, mix, cover and cook till the chicken is fully done.

Step 7

Add garam masala powder and squeeze the juice of ½ lemon and mix well. Take the pan off the heat.

Step 8

Transfer into serving bowls, garnish with coriander sprigs and serve hot.

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