Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Chole Naan and The Mela

Ole ~~~ Ole ~~~ Chole ~~~ Chole~~~

We would sing as kids but that time Chole bhature was our favorite now it is Chole Naan. I am yet to find a self respecting Indian who does not like Chole.

Many claim the Chole they make is the best. Just try my version of fingerlicking Chole and let me know.

I invite anyone and every one with their chole with anything viz, pulao, roti, puri, Bhakri etc to link up here. I read Anita was served idli with chole.

Come one come all, Punjabi, Marathi, Madrasi, Bongali~~ Anne Gujjuben tame kyan che~~~ welcome to the Chole Mela !!

Leave a link in the comments till 9th Dec 07. Later I'll compile the list and update the post.

And here is my recipe:

1 cup Kabuli Chana / Chickpeas soaked overnight
1/2 cup chana dal/ split chickpeas soaked for 2 hour
2 large onions
2 large tomatoes
6-7 pods of garlic
1/2 inch piece of ginger
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon Koli Masala or Garam masala
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 big handfuls chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon oil (I'm generous :)
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida

Pressure cook Kabuli chana and chana dal together. Meanwhile in a saucepan fry the rough chopped onions till pink in 1Tb. sp. oil. Add tomatoes cook till soft. Add garlic, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, Koli Masala or Garam masala, red chili powder, turmeric powder, chopped cilantro and fry for 2 mins. Let the it cool a bit and then grind the masala t smooth.

In the same pan add 2 teaspoon oil and make tadka of asafoetida and mustard. Then mix in the masala and the boiled Kabuli chana and chana dal. Bring it to a rolling boil. Serve hot or cold it tastes divine actually stale is better after the microflora has blossomed ;).
Updated: 11th Dec 07
Wow 9 recipes for chole! Thank you ladies :) !
  • Asha travels 16yrs back in time and chole make her home sick.
  • Arundhati shares the secret of a deep brown chole.
  • Easycrafts makes a saatvic chole that look nice and creamy and the secret in chickpea flour.
  • Aparna's chole with cabbage reminds me of cabbage stir fry with chana dal that is loved in most Koli homes.
  • K's Chole for a pressure cooked no masala frying business cooked for 35 mins yet leaving you free no sweat type recipe.
  • Punjabi Chhole! by Anita and some therapeutic masala frying.
  • Read about Meera's experiments with chole and the American Desi accompaniments will make you smile.
Hummm now chole every alternate week. Dad shouldn't crib because it is different ;) Lol.


  1. so are you gonna test all the recipes? i really am looking for a great chole recipe.

  2. Bee sure may be but not in a row. You know the after effects of chana right LOL. As it is Diwali is just over and we don't need more firecrackers ;).

  3. Here is mine Anjali. I am a pure Kannadiga cooking Punjabi way, not Madrasi style!!;p
    Your chole looks yum, I will try.Looking forward all the Chole recipe, love the dish.


  4. He he Asha...Thanks for the Kannadiga made Punjabi chole link. Yours is the first and sound good too.

  5. This is a great one, I too love channa, Infact I once had a channa dish served with rice by my punjabi friend. Yet to taste something similar. This will be a great collection of Channa recipes.

    By the way, I am pure Madrasi albeit being a pure Telugu but cooked these in Punju style.


    If you are game for channa in Puloa, then check out my

    Channa Puloa,


    Looking forward for the round up!

  6. hi anjali, here is my latest version...i think it is punjabi cos the source is a punjabi.....


  7. Here's my version served with peas pulav


  8. Where can I get Koli Masala from? I am really curious. It sounds so delicious!!

  9. Hi, Here's one of my chole(or kadalai as we call it in Tamil) recipes. I guess Icould be called a "madrasi" but this is one of my inventions.
    The link is http://mydiversekitchen.blogspot.com/2007/11/chickpea-garbanzo-bean-and-cabbage.html

  10. Hi Anjali, came to this post from Meera'a -- I have never tried chana dal in chole before. And what a wonderful idea to collect recipes! I will try to send my link -- and look forward to seeing the updated post when you have them all in :)

  11. Hi Anjali,
    I could not resist contributing to this event chhole-bature being one of my favs. thanks for organising it.
    Here is my entry for 'Chhole'


  12. Anjali, Finally I made the chhole for your chhole mela. Here's my link -

  13. Hi Anjali,,
    Chole looks amazing,,Thanks for the spicy recipe for this chill weather..

    Hopw had nice time with all your family members...How is your aunt?I remember those fish,,,,her kitchen...blouse everything tillnow...

  14. You have even got Scotland going... after reading the blog of chole ...yummm I landed up making chole aloo and puri last night!!!

  15. Reva good to hear that and does your family enjoy Indian food?

  16. Great collection...hope you will try them all and give us your verdict!

    btw was looking for your email, couldnt' find one. Can you pls drop me a word to my email.


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