Chole Masala Curry

Aaj Pakao Chole – 1 Packet

5-6 green cardamom pods
4-5 black peppercorn
2 bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
5 cups water
1 tablespoon oil
3-4 cloves
3/4 cup pureed onion from 2 small onions
2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
2.5 cups pureed tomatoes from 4 medium tomatoes
3 teaspoons chole masala
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon ghee
1 inch ginger cut into julienne
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 tablespoon crushed kasuri methi also known as dried fenugreek leaves
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Take 1 packet of Aaj Pakao Chole.
  • In a wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Once hot, add cloves, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cardamom pods, black peppercorns and grated onions. Fry the onions till the raw smell goes away and they are light golden brown in color.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 3-4 minutes till the smell of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Now add the tomato puree, stir and let it cook for 12-15 minutes on medium-low flame. Cover the pan to prevent the splash all around.
  • Add the chole masala, red chilli powder, paprika powder, cumin powder, salt and mix for a 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the chickpeas next and stir will all the chickpeas are coated with the spices, around 2 minutes.
  • Add water (which was used for boiling the chickpeas), cover the pan and let it simmer at medium-low flame for around 30 minutes. The gravy will thicken after 30 minutes so add water accordingly.
  • To temper, heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan and the ginger julienne to it.
  • Fry till the juliennes are golden brown in color but do not burn them. Add to the chole curry, mix and switch o the flame.
  • Sprinkle some garam masala, kasuri methi and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with roti, paratha or plain rice.

To save extra time –

  • Add Aaj Pakao All Purpose Curry Base to the pot.
  • Add Complementary Chole Masala (from Aaj Pakao Chole packet) to the curry.
  • Once it boils, add Aaj Pakao Chole and give it a good mix.
  • Let it simmer on medium flame for 5-7 minutes.
  • And hot serve your instant Chole!