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Kadai Choley (Chick Peas Curry)

I have always loved Choley aka Chick Pea. But after marriage, I was in for a shock when J told me that he dislikes Choley-Bhature. My heart literally sank. So, the only time I got to devour Choley was either during parties or when J was away for work. Over the years, I realised that he didn't have a


  • 250 gms Chick peas / Choley
  • 5 teaspoons Garlic paste
  • 8 chillies (or less) Whole dried red
  • 5 teaspoons Coriander seeds
  • 3 - 1/3 cups tomatoes Chopped
  • 4 green chillies Finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped Ginger Finely
  • 1/2 cup Coriander leaves Finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon methi Kasoori


  • Soak the chickpeas overnight in water.Drain and cook using fresh water.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda and salt as required and cook till the chickpeas become tender.Drain the excess water.
  • If you don't like bits of tomatoes or ginger, you can puree them like I did.
  • Dry roast the coriander seeds and red chillies for a while and grind to a fine powder.Keep aside.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan.Add the garlic and ginger pastes and saute till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the chopped green chillies followed by coriander-chilli powder and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the pureed/chopped tomatoes and 1/3rd of chopped coriander leaves and cook till the oil separates.
  • Add the cooked chick peas and simmer for 5 minutes.Adjust the seasoning.
  • Add the lemon juice, garam masala powder and Kasoori methi.
  • Stir well and let it cook for a minute.Switch off.
  • Garnish with remaining chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with pooris or any Indian bread of your choice.