Friday, February 6, 2015

Chole Masala Recipe | Easy Chole Recipe | Channa Masala For Batura

Chole Masala
Easy Chole Masala Recipe/Chole Recipe for Batura with Step by Step photos. I have already shared Chole Batura and Restaurant style Channa Masala recipes, this chole version is a quick and easy pressure cooker method. I always prefer one pot meal or one pot cooking method and this is one such recipe using store bought chole masala powder. Actually, I wanted to share the authentic Punjabi Chole recipe. Being a friend and neighbor to Punjabi family, I wanted to learn  authentic Punjabi recipes. I have tasted Punjbai Samosa, Aloo Parantha, chaats, Kadhi Pakora, Punjabi Chole, Batura & few more recipes prepared by Auntie. She makes the best samosa, kadhi and all her dishes are yummy.

When I asked Auntie for the Chole recipe, She said that they use an unique Chole Masala Powder for Chole. And she added that the Chole Masala Powder is from Delhi, India from their well know spice store. Auntie & myself tried to identify the ingredients from that powder but in vain. We able to judge 1 or 2 ingredients but not the whole and the proportions. She said that she have tried couple of time to make homemade channa masala powder but wasn't successful. But she suggested to try the it the same way with any store bought Chole Masala Powder. Then one fine day as per her suggestion I tried this recipe and it turned out good.

Chole For Batura
Chole Masala Recipe
Prep Time : 5 minutes | Cook Time : 20-25 minutes
Recipe Category : Side Dish
Serves   4-5
Chole Masala
  1. Dried Chickpeas/Kabuli Channa   1 cup(soaked overnight)
  2. Onion   1 medium or 1/2 cup(finely chopped)
  3. Tomato  1 no.or 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
  4. Chilli Powder   1 tsp
  5. Chole Masala Powder    2 tsp(i used badshah bread)
  6. Garam Masala Powder   1/2 tsp
  7. Turmeric Powder   1/4 tsp
  8. Salt  to taste
  9. Cilantro    few finely chopped
  10. Oil   1/2 tbsp
  11. Cumin seeds   1/4 tsp
  12. Hing   a generous pinch
  13. Garlic   2 fat clove(crushed)
  14. Ginger  1" piece(crushed)
  • Wash and soak kabuli channa/Chickpeas for 6-7 hours or overnight.
  • Chop onion and tomato finely and keep ready(I used my Food Processor to chop finely)
  • Heat oil in a pressure pan or cooker, add hing and cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Then add crused ginger and garlic and fry well.
  • And then add finely chopped onion and saute in medium heat until it turns golden brown and translucent.
  • After that add chole masala powder, chilli powder and stir fry for a minute, then add finely chopped tomato and saute until mushy.
  • Now add soaked and drained chickpeas, turmeric powder and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add garam masala powder, enough salt and stir well.
  • And now add enough water(2.5 or 2 cups of water)mix everything well and check for salt and spice. If needed add accordingly.
  • Then close the pan with lid and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • Once done allow the pressure to cool down, and open the lid.
  • If desired, slight mash a portion of chickpeas using vegetable masher. 
  • And lastly add some finely chopped cilantro. That's it Easy Chole Masala ready. Serve with Hot Batura or Pooris Or Phulka.
The consistency of the chole depends on individual taste, if you want it liquidy then add water and cook accordingly.
I don't want to make it liquidy because my kids will not eat channa and dip only the gravy. So i slightly mashed it.
Add Less salt since some of the chole masala powder has salt in it.
You can also use canned chickpeas, if so drain, rinse and then use it.
I mostly prefer the dried chickpeas soaked overnight.
I used Badshah Chole Masala & Nirav Garam Masala Powder.
Chole & Batura


  1. I'm going to steal that plate, batura with chole looks awesome!

  2. perfect one pot chole masala.. saves time.. no happiness like tis

  3. chole batura is ultimate combo.. looks super delicious..

  4. That's absolutely fabulous. Mouthwatering!!!!

  5. Omg. Can I have it right away... such great pictures. Btw, hi from instagram ( madras_gurl )

    1. Hey Hi :)
      Thank You Ranjani for stopping by, thanks for all your lovely comments. Do try my recipes and share your feedback :)


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