The Easy Chole Recipe


Cooking when you're short on time requires skill and easy recipes. If you're in a field where you still need to be healthy then this is the recipe for you. Remember: work smarter not harder.

Chole or Channa are also called garbanzo beans or chickpeas, and if you know anything about chickpeas you can make hummus out of them. Chickpeas are known for being great sources of protein, healthy carbs, and fiber. This original Indian recipe is a Punjabi dish but with a Maharashtrian twist. Marathi cooking tends to be largely vegetarian and uses healthy ingredients to make simple dishes. You'll get great flavor, spices that pack a punch are superfoods, and dishes that will have everyone wanting more.

For the sake of time here are the ingredients & directions I used in the video, it's a shorter version of the one below, but it'll cut your time down to roughly 15 minutes total.

If you have a recipe you'd like to see made easy, let me know :)

Shorter Recipe Version from the video

Shorter Chole Recipe

Serving Size 2-3 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of chole drained and washed

  • 1 medium onion sliced thin

  • 1-inch ginger grated (optional)

  • 2 cloves garlic grated

  • 1/2 cup ketchup (Use Maggi for no high fructose corn syrup)

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1/2 of a jalapeño

Directions

1) Heat oil on high.

2) Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric.

3) Saute sliced onions till golden brown.

3) Lower heat to medium and add garlic and ginger. Saute for 2 mins.

4) Add jalapeño and chili powder.

5) Add your chickpeas.

6) Then add ketchup and saute for 5 minutes.

7) Stir and add water.

8) Serve with naan (bread), roti, of choice or rice or quinoa.

Longer recipe below if you don't want to take shortcuts.

Longer Chole Recipe

Serving Size: 2-3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 large can of chole drained and washed

  • 1 large onion sliced thin

  • 1-inch ginger grated

  • 5 cloves garlic grated

  • 1/3 cup jaggery

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons garam masala

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander and cumin powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Lal tikhat

  • 1 tablespoon Costco organic no salt seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1/2 lime or lemon

  • Salt to taste

Directions

1) Heat oil on high.

2) Saute sliced onions till golden brown (about 5-7 minutes). Lower heat if they start to burn.

3) Lower heat to medium and add garlic and ginger. Saute for 2 mins. Add spices, seasoning, and jaggery. Sauté for 2 minutes.

4) Add ketchup and saute for 5 minutes or until jaggery has melted and ketchup turns dark.

5) Add chole and stir to coat them with the mixture. Add water and raise heat to high. Once it starts boiling, stir thoroughly and reduce heat to low.

6) Add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro. Simmer covered for 10 minutes.

7) Place in serving bowl. Add salt to taste. Squeeze lime or lemon, and stir.

8) Garnish with 1/2 cup chopped cilantro and serve with bread of choice or rice or quinoa.

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