Chola /kabuli chana is very popular delicacy in north india and generally served with bhatura (A type of roti / bread made up from all purpose flour) roti or rice. It goes well with any accompanying dish with it. Chola is used in making , kebabs , pulao ,salads also. Its used in chats which are extremely famous and chatpata street foods in india.
As chola made from kabuli chana /white chana which is protein rich food. So this chana makes super food for growing children ,use it as a ingredient in any favorite dish like chole pulao , chole kebabs or chats , for your kids and enjoy growing with them.I generally cook chola for my daughters lunchbox which i pack with poori. Posting here simple and delicious punjabi chole recipe which is made by cooking chickpeas along with tomato , onion gravy and selected spices.Spice used for making chola is mixture of few spices like cinnamon,bay leaf,black pepper ,cumin.I have used store brought chola masala for making this recipe.
Directions to Cook :
1.Soak chickpeas in water overnight or for 8-9 hours.
2.Make sure to add more water in soaking vessel as chickpeas gets increased in size after soaking with water.
3.Pressure cook chickpeas with water and salt for 4-5 whistles in pressure cooker.
4.For making gravy of Chola:
Finely chop onions ,tomatoes ,chili, coriander . Make a paste of garlic, ginger. Keep it aside
5.Heat kadhai and add oil in it.
6.Add cumin seeds and mustard ,asafoetida in oil .
7.As mustard splutter add onion in it. Saute for 3 a minute.
8.Add green chili ,curry leaves and saute for a minute.
9.Add tomatoes while stirring veggies.
10.Cook it until oil separates from veggies.
11.Add boiled chola in kadhai and mix well.
12.Add cumin powder,turmeric,coriander powder in it.
13.Sprinkle crushed kasuri meth on chola. Add salt as per requirement as already while boiling Chickpeas salt has been added in it.
14.Add enough water (As per required consistency) for cooking Chola.
15.Cook for 10 to 12 minutes on low flame.
15.Serve hot and spicy chola with Bhatura ,paratha or rice.