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Dhaba style pindi chhole

Sarika Singh
10 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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ABOUT Dhaba style pindi chhole RECIPE

Chhole is a very well known dish to everyone and is stapled with Punjabi cuisine. Though it is made in whole north India too, So here is super tempting dhaba style pindi chhole for all chhole and dhaba flavour lovers.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Punjabi
  • Simmering
  • Pressure Cook
  • Boiling
  • Frying
  • Sauteeing
  • Side Dishes
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. 2 cup dry chick peas , soak it overnight or at least for 5-6 hrs
  2. 1-2 tea bags
  3. 3 big onions, thinly sliced 
  4. 2-3 green chilies, broken in half
  5. 2 big tomatoes, finely chopped 
  6. 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  7. 1 1/2 tbsp gram flour ( besan)
  8. 1 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds 
  9. 1 tsp carom seeds( ajwain)
  10. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  11. 1 1/2 tbsp cumin powder
  12. 1 1/2 tbsp Coriander powder
  13. 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder 
  14. 3 tbsp chana/ Chhole masala
  15. 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  16. 1/2 - 1  tsp chaat masala powder ( as per taste)
  17. 2 tsp kasoori methi , crushed between palms
  18. 1/4 cup green coriander leaves, finely chopped 
  19. Lemon juice as per taste
  20. Salt to taste
  21. oil
  22. For Tempering:
  24. 1 black cardamom
  25. 1 bay leaf
  26. For final tempering:
  27. 1 tbsp ghee ( you can use more if not much calorie conscious 
  28. 1 small onion, finely chopped 
  29. 1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
  30. 1 tsp garlic , finely 
  31. 2-3 dry red chilies 
  32. 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  33. 1 tsp carom seeds( ajwain)
  34. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  35. 1/4 tsp asafetida ( heeng)


  1. First of all cook chick peas with little salt and tea bags in a pressure cooker till they become fully cooked and tender. Now remove tea bag from it and keep aside for later use.
  2. Meanwhile dry roast 1 1/2 tbsp of coriander seeds till nice aromatic and golden brown. Let it cool and pound it to coarse powder. Keep aside for later use.
  3. Heat oil in a wok, add first tempering spices and Saute till it become aromatic.  Now add onions and green chilies, saute for 2-3 minutes and add carom seeds. Now fry it till onions become nice golden.  Add pounded coriander powder and saute for a minute. 
  4. Now add gram flour and saute for a minute. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute for 3-4 minutes or till its raw smell goes off.  Add chopped tomatoes followed by coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder, Chana masala and some salt. 
  5. Now saute it till tomatoes are nicely cooked ,mushy and started leaving oil. It will take good 6-7 minutes or more. So fry it with patience for best outcome.
  6. Now add chickpeas along with its water and mix well. Adjust salt and bring to a boil. Now simmer it for 10-15 minutes. Now add garam masala powder and chaat masala. 
  7. Simmer for another 1-2 minutes and add kasoori methi. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  8. Now heat ghee in tadka pan . Add asafetida ( heeng) followed by cumin, coriander and carom seeds. Let it fry for 1 min then add all other ingredients.  Fry till onions become golden. Now add this tempering to prepared chhole and mix well. 
  9. Finally add a dash of lemon juice to it as per taste and garnish with coriander leaves.
  10. Your super tempting Dhaba style pindi chhole is ready to be served with kulcha/naan/ bhature or pulao.
  11. ** For more darker color of chhole add two tea bags, I used only one as ran out of stock.
  12. This is really authentic flavours of Dhaba and you will never regret , trying this. If you are a chhole fan then it is a must try recipe for you.

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Milli Garg
Milli Garg   Apr-25-2018

Deliciously amazing!

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