Pindi Chole

Flavourful Pindi Chole Recipe to treat your tastebuds!

Is Diwali kuch Masaledar ho jaye? Diwali is around the corner, are you prepared with the scrumptious dishes to be served? Not yet? Don’t worry, we are here for you. What can be better than having a flavoursome north indian delicacy, this diwali eve? Sounds cool? Any guesses? No? I am talking about the perfectly spiced Pindi Chole. Chole are one of the favourite dishes of punjabi’s. We can have chole or channa with bhatures, chapati, naan, rice and even with samosa! So, let’s treat everyone with some masaledar Pindi Chole made from a very simple Pindi Chole recipe, this festive season.

We all have dozen of things to do around diwali, so, there’s no point wasting your time in making a dish which requires lots of time and effort. So, here’s a simple Pindi Chole recipe that will be loved by all and is super easy to make. Let’s begin.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes (For Masala Preparation)

Boiling Time: 30-40 minutes

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Soaking Time: 6-8 hours or overnight

What all do you need in this Pindi Chole Recipe?

Making Pindi Chole is not a difficult task. It just requires a bunch of spices to give your chole a flavoursome taste. Also, good part about this recipe is that you do not need to make your eyes cry by cutting the onions. Yes, you read it right. You don’t need onions as well as tomatoes for this recipe. But, I promise you’ll enjoy the taste alot. So, without wasting much of your time, let’s begin!

Following are the ingredients required for the same.

  1. White Chole or Chickpeas : 1/2 kg ( Soak Chole in 10-12 cups of water with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda for 6-8 hours or overnight. Firstly, wash them properly.)
  2. Tea Bags: 2 packet ( These are basically for colour.
  3. Salt: 2 tsp
  4. Black Salt: 1/2 tsp
  5. Red Chilli Powder: 1.5 tsp
  6. Ground Black Pepper: 1 tsp
  7. Corrinader Powder: 3 tsp
  8. Kasturi Methi: 1 tsp ( This gives an authentic taste to your dish)
  9. Garam Masala: 1/2 tsp
  10. Roasted Ground Jeera: 1 tsp
  11. Anardana or Powdered Pomegranate Seeds: 2 tsp
  12. Amchur: 2 tsp
  13. Castor sugar: 1/2 tsp
  14. Ghee or Butter or Refind Oil: 6-8 tsp (This is basically fo tadka)
  15. Crushed Big Black Cardamom: 1
  16. Boiled Potatoes: 2-4
  17. Paneer: 50 gms
  18. Finely Chopped Green Chillies: 2
  19. Corriander Leaves: 1/2 cup
  20. Ginger: Few strips


  1. First of all, put two teabags in a big vessel. Then put the chickpeas along with soaked water to boil.
  2. Boiling will take 30-40 minutes. First boil on high flame for 10 minutes then slow fire for 20 minutes. You can keep aside for boiling and do something else.
  3. Now, drain out the extra water and cool the chole. Put the chole in large kadhai.
  4. Take a bowl and mix all the masalas together i.e. salt, red chillies, black pepper, black salt, corrainder powder, roasted ground jeera, garam masala, anardana powder, amchoor, kasuri methi and castor sugar. Add this mixture to the chickpeas.
  5. Next step is to add diced potatoes and paneer cubes to it. Mix well.
  6. Gradually add the drained chole water and cook for 2 minutes. After this, add 1 more cup of water, thin strips of ginger and gree chillies and half of the corrainder leaves to it. Cook for 2 minutes after mixing well.
  7. Heat ghee in a separate pan till smoky hot. All you need to add is garam masala and kasuri methi in this step.
  8. Stir and pour on to the cooked chole. Lightly mix them.
  9. Pour the chole into a serving bowl. Garnish with onion, tomato cubes and coriander leaves. You can also sprinkle lemon juice on it.
  10. Your tasty Pindi Chole is ready to serve. You can present these with Bhature or soft naan.

If you guys want the Naan or Bhature Recipe, then tell me in the comment section. I will surely post the recipe soon.

Important things to remember:

All the masalas and spices have their own flavourful taste so, try not to skip any of them. Do not over cook the chickpeas, it might ruin their taste. If you don’t want, you can skip adding tea bags. The only thing that will change is the colour of your dish will become lighter. Decorate your dish in your own way and surprise everyone with a succulent taste.

Celebrate this festive season with the yumminess of Pindi Chole and give your family and guests a flavourful treat. Loved the Pindi Chole recipe? Do share with your loved ones and comment as well.

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Also, you can treat your family with homemade Pav Bhaji as well. Check out our Pav Bhaji Blog for more!

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