Spiced garbanzo beans (chole masala)

Chole masala is a very famous north indian dish served again as a street food to restaurant delicacy, cooked with spices, onion and tomato gravy. It is generally served with bhatoora, which is a deep fried refined wheat flour indian bread and some onion and lemon. Its tastes great with rice, whole wheat flour indian flat bread and even as a sandwich filling! I personally love this dish as a sandwich filling topped with some onion and grilled until perfection!

I have boiled these beans at home which only requires time and crock pot but you can use canned beans too!


▪ 1 cup garbanzo beans
▪ 3/4 cup chopped onions
▪ 1 cup chopped tomatoes
▪ 2 teaspoon finely chopped green chillies
▪ 2 teaspoon grated ginger

▪ 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
▪ 1 teaspoon asafoetida
▪ 1 teaspoon coriander powder
▪ 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
▪ 1 teaspoon garam masala (blend of ground spices easily avaialble) or chickpea masala
▪ 1 tea bag Indian tea/English tea
▪ 2 – 3 teaspoon oil
▪ Salt to tate


Onion, cilantro and lemon slice to garnish


▪ Soak beans overnight or atleast for six hour.
▪ Pressure cook the beans with salt and tea bag untill nearly soft or soak your canned beans and hot water with tea bag for 30 minutes.


▪ In a pan, heat oil and add asafoetida and Cumin seeds.
▪ Add onion and grated ginger and saute for some time.
▪ Add onions and cover the pan for few minutes.


▪ After 3-5 minutes, add tomatoes, coriander powder, red chilli powder and garam masala/chole masala
▪ Let it cook covered for 8 – 10 minutes or until it leaves oil.
▪ Add this mixture to the cooked beans, remove tea bag and further cook for 10 minutes.
▪ If using pressure cooker, give one more whistle.
▪ Garnish with cilantro, onion and lemon juice and serve hot with rice, indian flat bread or any bread.


Enjoy! ♡

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