Pindi Chole

Pindi Chole

Delicious tangy Amritsar style Chickpea Curry .
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian Cuisine.
Servings 4


  • 3 Cups Chickpeas,soaked overnight.
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped finely.
  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste.
  • 5-6 Green Chillies
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger Juliennes
  • 1 Tbsp Oil of your choice
  • 1/3 Cup Ghee/Clarified Butter.
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro leaves
  • Salt according to the taste.

For Dry Spice Mix.

  • 2 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 2 Black Cardamom
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 5 Cloves
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon

Spice Powders

  • 2 Tbsp Anardana powder(available in all Indian grocery store.
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Mango Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • Salt according to the taste.
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Salt

For preparing/Boiling the Chickpeas for making Pindi Chole

  • 1 Tea Bag
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Black Cardamom
  • 1 Tsp Salt.


  • Roast everything written under dry spice mix and grind it into a fine powder.
  • Keep it aside.
  • Mix everything written under spice powder mix.
  • Mix dry spice mix and dry powder mix together ,by stirring it nicely.

How to boil Chickpeas /Chole

  • In a instant pot or pressure cooker boil the chole in sufficient water ,one tea bag and all the whole spices like cinnamon,black cardamom,and bay leaf.
  • Boil till they feel soft . I boiled them in the instant pot for 9 minutes.(I pre soaked them for 8 hours)

Instructions for preparing Pindi Chole

  • Take a Wok /Pan.Add one tbsp of oil to it .
  • Add onion and saute it for 1-2 minute till it looks translucent .
  • Add ginger -garlic paste to it .Saute it on medium flame for 1-2 minute till the raw smell is gone .
  • Add one chopped tomato to it .Saute it till everything is mixed nicely .
  • Add boiled chole to it and mix nicely.Switch off the flame .Remove 4 tbsp of chole in a plate and keep it aside.
  • Take a pan .Add 1/3 cups of ghee to it .
  • Once its hot enough,add cumin seeds ,Carom seeds,green chillies and ginger juliennes to it .
  • Pour 8 tbsp of mixed spice on the top of chickpeas /chole ,add tomato slices to it . Pour all the ghee temering on this and mix it really well.Cover it and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Mash 4 tbsp of boiled chole which we have kept aside with 1/2 cup of water.
  • Mix this with rest of the chole .Simmer it on low flame for 4-5 minutes .
  • Taste the seasoning . If you need to add little salt ,add to it.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and ginger julienne .
  • Enjoy.


  1. Fabulous delicious preparation .Beautifully captured too .
    Lovely description of chole n bhature preparation…

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