Aloo Chana Masala | Aloo Chole recipe

Gems Gems, July 17, 2016

Aloo Chana Masala is a Punjabi recipe made from white chickpea blended with Indian spices, cooked in spicy grevy and served with either hot Pooris or Bhature. A must try recipe to know the taste of Punjab.

Aloo Chana Masala | Aloo Chole
Aloo Chana Masala is a must try Punjabi cuisine
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas or white chana or chole
  • 3 to 4 potatoes
  • 3 to 4 water cups for pressure cooking
  • Salt as need
For chana masala powder:
  • 1 bay leaf patta
  • 3 to 4 cloves/lavang
  • 5 to 6 black pepper
  • 1 inch cinnamon/dal chini
  • 2 black cardamoms/big elaichi or normal elaichi
Other Ingredients:
  • 2 tsp dry sookha anardana or pomegranate seeds
  • 6 to 7 tsp water for grating the pomegranate seeds
  • 3_4 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 green chilies or as need slit or sliced
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee or 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ inch ginger/adrak julienned
  • 1 green chili, sliced
  • 1 to 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves / dhania patta
  • Salt as need
  1. Douse the dried chickpeas or chole in adequate water overnight or for 8 to 9 hours. Drain the water.
  2. Wash the potatoes well in a pressure cooker, add the chickpeas, potatoes and 3 to 4 cups water. Set Pressure cook on medium to high flame for 7 to 9 whistles.
  3. Remove the potatoes and pare and quarter or dice them.
  4. Stress the stock of the chickpeas and hold it aside.
  5. Make a well powder of the spices noted under the chana masala powder and list in a dry grinder.
  6. Make a paste of the dry pomegranate seeds. Hold aside. If you want you can strive the pomegranate seeds paste.
  7. In a kadai or pan, get the drained chickpeas and raise in the pomegranate seeds paste.
  8. Cook on a low to average flame stirring at times, till the liquids dry up.
  9. Now add potatoes, tomatoes, green chilies, turmeric powder, red chili powder, the ground chana masala powder, salt and 1 cup of the filtered chana stock.
  10. Shift good and let the groom cook for 8 to 10 minutes on low to average flame.
  11. Heat 1.5 tbsp oil or ghee in a small or medium pan.
  12. Add this hot ghee or oil to the chana mixture. Shake and cook for 2 to 3 mins.
  13. After this, add ¾ to 1 cup water and extend to cook for remaining 4 to 5 minutes or till the gravy heaviness.
  14. Check the taste of all the things and add more salt if need. Heat the remaining ½ tbsp ghee or oil in the same small or medium pan and add up the hot oil or ghee to the chana masala.
  15. Switch off the fire and touch in the ginger juliennes, coriander riffs and green chilies.
  16. Now, Aloo Chana Masala is ready. Serve Masala hot with friends.

Punjabi cuisine is the foods associated with Punjab region of both Pakistan and India. Due to spread of Punjabis all over the world Punjabi cuisine is well know in many parts of the world.

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