How to make Chana Pindi -

Pindi chana or chole is a spicy preparation made by cooking chickpeas with an onion tomato masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Chickpeas (kabuli chana) (काबुली चना), Dried pomegrante seeds

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Chana Pindi checkout Kale Chholay, Jain Punjabi Chole, Chole Chana Dal, Sindhi Chana . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Sai Bhaji. Khatte Baingan Paneer Capsicum Kaddu aur Aloo ki Sabzi - SK Khazana

Chana Pindi

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Along with rotis, rice or bhature – pindi chana is always a great dish to eat. In this Punjabi recipe, boiled chickpeas are cooked in an onion tomato masala and whole spices into a delicious vegetarian curry. If you cook the chickpeas in advance this recipe can be made in minutes.

Prep Time : 8-10 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chana Pindi Recipe

  • Chickpeas (kabuli chana) soaked overnight 1 1/2 cups

  • Dried pomegrante seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Tea bags 2

  • Salt to taste

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Dry mango powder (amchur) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ghee 4 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onions chopped 2 medium

  • Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

  • Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin powder 2 tablespoons

  • Coriander powder 2 tablespoons

  • Tomatoes quartered 2 medium

  • Green chillies slit 4-6

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Take soaked chana in a deep pan. Add tea bags and salt and cook till soft. Once cooked remove the tea bags.

Step 2

Dry roast anardana, coriander seeds, half the turmeric powder, half the red chilli powder, amchur and powder. This is the chana masala. Heat three tablespoons ghee in a iron kadai.

Step 3

Add one teaspoon cumin seeds and sauté till it changes colour. Add onions and sauté till golden.

Step 4

Add ginger paste, garlic paste, red chilli powder, remaining turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and continue to sauté.

Step 5

Add boiled chana, salt and some cooking liquour and mix. Meanwhile heat one tablespoon ghee in a pan, add the remaining cumin seeds and tomatoes. Add slit green chillies and a little salt and toss.

Step 6

Stir and press the tomatoes lightly. Add a little water and cook for two minutes. Add to the chana along with chole masala and garam masala.

Step 7

Stir to mix well and cook for fifteen to twenty minutes on low heat. Serve hot.

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