How to make Chole without Oil -

These choles have been prepared without any oil - just the thing for dieters.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is contributed by Member Sheetal Bijoor.

Main Ingredients : Chickpeas (kabuli chana) (काबुली चना), Green chilli (हरी मिर्च )

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Chole without Oil

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The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chole without Oil Recipe

  • Chickpeas (kabuli chana) soaked 1 cup

  • Green chilli 3-4

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Garlic 4-5 cloves

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoons

  • Tomato puree 1 cup

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Drain the chickpeas, add three cups of fresh water and pressure-cook till done. Drain and refresh.

Step 2

Grind the green chillies, ginger and garlic to a coarse paste using a little water.

Step 3

Heat a non stick pan add cumin seed and sauté till it changes colour.

Step 4

Add green chilli-ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute.

Step 5

Add tomato puree, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt and fry for a few minutes or till the ghee leaves the masala.

Step 6

Add chickpeas and stir gently. Cover and allow simmering on low heat for five to six minutes.

Step 7

Serve hot.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.