Saturday, 18 January 2014


Hello friends, as we know, the traditional CHOLE recipe is normally cooked with much oil...:) but....but here I'm going to share a ZERO OIL recipe with you guys..Any one Can't Imagine..CHOLE without OIL..How ?????? I also can't believe that but my SIS-IN-Law (who is my Friend-SIS-Guide) share the recipe with me and advice to try once. I've cook it without OIL n believe me the TASTE was just AWESOME..SUPERB...So Lets start the procedure of healthy Chole with Zero Oil. 

Ingredients :-
For Boiling Chick Peas :-
Chick Peas (Kabuli Chana) - 100 gms
Bay Leavs (Tej Patta) - 1 no.
Green Cardamom (Choti Ilaichi) - 3 nos.
Black Cardamom (Badi Ilaichi) - 1 no.
Cinamon (Dalchini) - 1' inch
Cloves (Laung) - 3-4 nos.
Pepper (Golki) - 5-6 nos.
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
A Pinch of Salt 

For Chole :-
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Green Chilly Chopped - 2 nos.
Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp 
Coriander (Dhania) Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin (Jeera) Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Chana Masala - 2 tsp (I've used home made fresh chana masla, which gives awesome flavour to chole)
A Pinch of food colour (Optional)
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Tomato Chopped - 2 nos.
Salt to taste

For Garnishing :-
Onion chopped - 1 no.
Coriander Leaves 
Mithi Imli Chutney (Sweet Tamarind Juice) 
Chat Masala :)

Method :-
Soak chick peas 4-5 hours or over night in water. Pressure cook the Peas with the above ingredients for 2 whistles in high flame until they are soft and switch off the fire.

Heat a pan and pour the Chick peas to it with water. Don't waste the water. Add ginger-garlic paste, red chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, pepper powder, chana masla, sugar, garam masla powder, a pinch of food colour (Optional), salt to taste and cook in low -medium flame. Add chopped tomatoes, green chilly and few choped coriander leaves to it and again cook it for more 5-8 minutes. Mash few Peas in the gravy and mix well. Sprinkle little lemon juice and switch off the flame. Now its ready. Add Mithi Chutney, chat masala and chopped onion-coriander leaves and SERVE with Plain Tawa Roti or Naan.. Enjoy the healthy-Oil free delicious Chole !!!      

Home made Chole Masala Powder :-
Shahi Jeera, Cumin seeds, Coriander seeds, Mustard seeds, Whole Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, Black Cardamom, Sesame seeds (Til), Ajwain (Caraway seeds), Red Chilly, Star anise (Chakri phool), Rock salt n Turmeric powder.

Lightly dry roast all the above ingredients, allow it to cool and blend to make a smooth fine powder. You can keep it in air tight jar for 1-2 months.


  1. Want to try! pl mention the ratio of spice in chole masala powder

  2. This is the saddest piece of writing ever seen on the Indian gastronomic and cultural front.

    is this the only piece of heritage that you can show off to the world? Seriously there are better things to latch onto :)

    a thing coming form "orissa" doesn't make it oriya :)
    i am from orissa too but i am not oriya :)

    chaitanna mahaprabhu did come from GEOGRAPHICAL ORISSA but back then there was no orissa, are we forgetting this?

    and your dear lord ASHOKA the great wasn't your hero too until he defeated your so called "kalinga empire". he was a scavenger of kalinga and not a king :)

    your bali, sumatra etc "J(y)ATRAS" came form LORD ASHOKA'S INVASION of your pillage state.

    he regular oriya isn't sweet at all, its rather very harsh, its rather the languages like sambalpuri and languages near the west bengal border where the oriya dialects turn sweeter. would you not agree?

    sambalpuri is such a cute language! why are you guys stomping it down to non-exitence and these guys want their language to prosper just like yours. give them their due!

    oh, btw, i forgot to mention YOUR BEST CM (infact my best CM too, one of the best CMs our country ever had) doesn't even speak Oriya!

    (MBA, IMT Ghaziabad)
    Bengaluru, Karnataka, India