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Recipe: How to make Pindi Chhole

By Arti Gupta
November 21, 2014 14:09 IST
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If you like food that is tangy and spicy, you must try the traditional Pindi Chhole.

Delhi-based food blogger and Rediff reader Arti Gupta sent us this recipe cooked in olive oil.

Pindi Chhole


  • 1 cup kabuli chana (chickpeas)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/ ajwain
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1 tsp anardana powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger julienned
  • 2-3 green chillies chopped

For the garnish

  • 1 tsp ginger julienned
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander
  • 2-3 lemon wedges


  • Soak the kabuli chana overnight and pressure cook for half an hour.
  • Heat oil. Add cumin seeds and ajwain.
  • Add bay leaf, 1-2 green chillies, ginger, and saute.
  • Add tomatoes and saute for a minute. 
  • Add chana and rest of the seasoning and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with tomato slices, chopped green chillies, ginger and coriander.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and mint chutney.

Photo courtesy: Arti Gupta

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