Chick Pea Curry / Cholle

The Chick Pea curry, also known as Cholle, is a very popular curry in North India. Traditionally made by soaking the beans overnight & then pressure cooking them for 30 minutes, it has a rich aroma of different spices.You can also soak them in hot water for two hours in case you don’t want to wait overnight. Still too much of work ? Go for canned beans.

Serves: 3                                      Course: Main
Preparation time: 5 minutes            Cooking Time:  20 minutes
Ready In : 30 minutes
  • 2 Cups Garbanzo Beans/ Chick Peas  (Boiled )
  • 1/4 cup boiled chana dal ( split chick peas)
  • 1/2  tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1/2  cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies ( optional)
  • 1/2  cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet & add the cumin seeds.
  2. When cumin seeds start cracking,add garam masala & coriander.Saute for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Now add onions,ginger paste and green chillies; saute them for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Add tomatoes, black pepper & salt. Cook for another 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
  5. Add the chickpeas, chana dal and  half cup of water and cover the pan with a lid. Let it cook for 6-8 minutes on medium heat.
  6. Using a spatula / ladle, mash the cooked chickpeas to soften them.
  7. You may add more water ( 1/2 cup ) if  needed to have more gravy.Let it cook for 5 minutes on low-medium heat.
  8. Garnish with cilantro & serve hot.

Cooking suggestions

  • If you want to pressure cook the beans, then boil the split chick pea ( Chana Dal) along with the beans.This makes a thick gravy.
  • You  can substitute diced tomatoes with 1/2 cup of tomato puree.
  • You can also add 1 teaspoon  ‘Chana Masala’ ( from Indian stores) at the end  along with black pepper & salt. I don’t use it but you may if you want. The curry will taste equally good both ways !
Serving Suggestions
  • Relish with boiled rice, naan or any other Indian bread.
  • Can be enjoyed with burger buns too.

Good source of Dietary Fiber, proteins, Vitamin B6 and Folate.
Interesting Health Benefits
  • One study shows that people who were regularly fed with Chick peas/ garbanzo beans had better blood fat regulation, including lower levels of LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides.
  •  In a recent study, it took only one week of garbanzo bean consumption to improve participants’ control of blood sugar and insulin secretion.

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