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Choley (Spicy Chickpeas Curry)

I have tried making choley a number of times following different recipes but was never quite satisfied with the taste of it till I tried the recipe from Sia's site,Monsoon Spice. I just fell in love with the recipe and never looked for more Choley recipes :-) I hope you will also agree with me on th


  • 1 cup Chickpeas (Soaked overnight and cooked till soft)
  • 1 tablespoon Kasuri Methi
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon Amchoor powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida

For Onion paste

  • 1 Onion , roughly chopped
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cardamoms Green
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 3 cloves Garlic

For Tomato Paste

  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 2 - 3 Green Chillies


  • Heat oil in a pan and add asafoetida and cumin seeds.
  • When it starts to splutter, add the onion paste.
  • Keep stirring at medium heat till the onion paste turns light golden brown and becomes little dry.
  • Add garam masala, kasuri methi and stir for few seconds.
  • Add the tomato paste, amchoor powder and salt to taste.
  • Cook the gravy in medium heat, stirring in between.
  • Mix in cooked chickpeas and add about a cup of water.
  • Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring in between.
  • Add more water if needed and adjust the seasonings.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Poori, Roti or Bhature.