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Chole For Sunday(Chick pea Curry)

Chole was our weekend special. This stood always our special dish. This goes well with Puri famous as Chole Batura or with chapathi and also with plain rice. This dishIused to prepare before by adding chole masala which we get from out side.But now to avoid that, I started adding masala from my kitchen. This tastes little different from the one in which chole masala is added. You can always add that when ever you want.But this is my my version of recipe.Hope you will all like this too:-)

8oz or 1 cup chole (chick peas) (soak over night)
2 big tomotoes (cut into either small pieces or as long thin slices)
1 big oinion(cut into small pieces can be little thick to enjoy while chewing)
2 cloves (lavanga)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 elaichi
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp coriander powder
4 to 5 green chillies (slit in to long)
1 1/2 red chilli powder
1/2 cup coriander leaves(washed and cut)
2 tsp lime juice(optional)
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup water for gravy
oil 1tbsp
Salt as per the taste

ToGarnish:( This is for 1 or 2 persons )
1/2 tomato (cut into small pieces)
1/2 onion (cut into small pieces)
1/2 lime (cut into small pieces)

  1. Wash soaked chick peas well and pressure cook till chick peas become soft , drain and keep aside.
  2. Take a wide cooking pan. Heat oil and add cloves,sticks,elachi and cumin seeds and fry for 1 min.
  3. Add green chillies, onions and fry till light brown. Add ginger garlic paste to it and fry for 1 min.
  4. Add turmeric powder and chick peas , mix well and fry for 2 min.
  5. Now add tomatoes,red chilli powder, salt and water for gravy and mix well.
  6. Cover the pan and allow to cokk on meduim heat for 10 min.
  7. Add coriander powder,garam masala powder and dry coriander and mix all the ingredients well.
  8. Allow to cook for 2 or 3 min more, so that all spices mix well with chick peas.
  9. Finally, add lime juice, mix well and sim for 1 min and remove from the heat.
  10. Garnish with tomotoes,onions and some more coriander if want.
Note: Chole also best serve as a side dish or as a chaat. While you take this as chaat,add oinion and tomotoes above and add little lime juice and serve. You will love the dish:-)

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