How to make Quinoa Chole -

Chole served over a bed of spiced quinoa – a complete meal in itself

Sanjeev Kapoor

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

Main Ingredients : Quinoa, Chickpeas (kabuli chane)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Quinoa Chole

Quinoa Chole Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 7-8 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Quinoa Chole Recipe

  • Quinoa , cooked 2 cups

  • Chickpeas (kabuli chane) , soaked overnight 1 cup

  • Oil 2 1/2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Onion , peeled 1/2 medium

  • Ginger , finely chopped 1/2 tablespoon

  • Garlic , finely chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Chole masala 2 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Tomatoes , pureed 3 large

  • Salt to taste

  • Onion , finely chopped 1 medium

  • Green chillies 2

  • Fresh coriander sprigs to garnish

  • Salad to serve


Step 1

Heat 1½ tbsps oil in a pressure cooker, add 1 tsp cumin seeds and saute till they change colour.

Step 2

Finely chop onion and add, mix and sauté well. Add ginger and garlic and mix well.

Step 3

Add chole masala and mix well. Add red chilli powder, mix well and cook for 1 minute.

Step 4

Add tomato puree and mix well. Drain and add chickpeas, salt and 2 cups water and mix well.

Step 5

Close the cooker with its lid and cook under pressure till 8-10 whistles are released. Take it off the heat and allow the pressure to settle completely.

Step 6

Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a non-stick pan, add remaining cumin seeds and saute till they change colour. Add finely chopped onion and mix well.

Step 7

Roughly chop green chillies and add to the onion mixture, add cooked quinoa and salt and toss till well combined.

Step 8

Drizzle a little water over the quinoa, cover and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.

Step 9

For serving, place a portion of quinoa on each serving plate, pour a portion of chole over it, garnish with a coriander sprig and serve hot with salad.

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