Masala Chhole Recipe


Preparation time: 30 mins


  • 2 cups of Kabuli chana / Garbanzo Beans (soak overnight and pressure cooked till done)
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 large tomato/ tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp of garam masala
  • 1 tsp Jeera powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp of chopped ginger
  • 1 small bunch of coriander leaves or cilantro (according to preference)
  • 1 tsp of red chilli powder
  • 2-3 Bayleaves
  • ½ tsp Jeera seeds
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • ½ tbsp of tumeric
  • 1 tsp of salt (adjust to taste)

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat some oil in a pan and add the jeera and bayleaves till it sputters.
  2. Add onions and fry till they turn golden brown, add the chopped ginger and fry for a few seconds
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook until it soften. Add the turmeric poweder.
  4. Add the pre cooked chole, add to it the jeera, coriander and garam masala powder. Fry for another 5 mins.
  5. Finally add chilli powder and salt to taste
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves or cilantro
Garbanzo Beans

Organic Garbanzo Beans

You can either prepare chhole using this recipe or use a tin of Jyoti Chhole for preparing the following recipes. Jyoti Chhole is made with 100% organic and healthy Garbanzo Beans.

Rice and Beans:

Cook 1 cup of JYOTI Basmati Supreme or any long grain rice with 2 cups water on low heat partly covered. When the rice is done, add 1 can of JYOTI Chhole, mix well, cover and put back on low heat for 5 min.

Serve as a rice dish.

Spicy Chickpea Soup: 

Puree one can of JYOTI Chhole with one can water and an 8 oz can of tomato sauce in a blender. Heat the blend in a sauce pan and serve sprinkled with finely chopped parsley or coriander.

Variations: 1 cup grated cheddar cheese and ½ cup water, blend in while heating. Also, try Plain yogurt or buttermilk in place of tomato sauce.

Chicken Chhole:

Remove skin and excess fat from 1 lb chicken pieces. Add to a skillet, 2 tbsp oil, one coarsely chopped onion and garlic to your taste and the chicken pieces and cook covered on med heat for about 20 min. Add one can JYOTIChhole and a cup of peas, cover and continue cooking on low heat for another 30 min.

Variation: Puree 1 can Chhole with 1 can water in a blender. Add this puree to browned chicken, and a cup of green peas, cook on low heat.

Chhole with vegetables: 

Boil 1 cup of mixed vegetables (green peas, diced carrots, green beans) till just tender. Drain, add 1 can JYOTI Chhole, mix and microwave, or cook on low about 10 min. Variation: Add 1 cup sliced mushrooms  to the Chhole.

Saag-Chhole: Mix and heat 1 can JYOTI Chhole with 1 can of JYOTI Saag.

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