Samosa Chole Chaat

If its samosa yesterday, it has to be samosa chole today. :-)  Like Tikkis, samosas can be served in multiple ways and one among them is the samosa chole and like sambar vadai, the fried samosa are soaked in the spicy chick pea gravy and topped with onions, cilantro and of course green chutney and sweet chutney. It is of my favorite way of having samosa. I always opt for samosa chole instead of plain samosa and this is very filling too. A plate of samosa chole with a lassi can be a meal on its own.

I have posted three chole recipes – one the south Indian style, the second one is no onion no garlic style and the third one with soy beans. But I have never posted the traditional chole which is dark brown in color with homemade chole masala. I know this is going to be a lengthy post, so I will post my homemade chole masala powder later. I think I will be the first one to post the chole recipe first and then the masala recipe.  But again, I don’t want to bombard with two in one recipe post. The dark color of the chole masala comes from the tea packet. Yeah, you heard it right. When you soak channa, add the tea bag or 1 tbsp. of tea powder wrapped in a thin cloth. Before cooking the beans, remove the tea bag. The color and the subtle tea flavor add magic to this recipe.        samosacholerecipe

Ingredients:

For Chole:

  • Garbanzo beans – 1 cup
  • Tea packet  – 1
  • Half of medium sized onion 
  • Tomatoes – 3
  • Oil – 2 tsps + 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsps
  • Hing – 1/2 tsp
  • Water –  3 cups + 4 cups for cooking the beans + 4 cups for blanching tomatoes
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Homemade chole masala – 2 tbsp (Recipe coming soon)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 ctsp
  • Cilantro – chopped 2 tbsps
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp + 1.5 tsps

For Samosa Chole Chaat:

  • Samosa – 5 to 6
  • Chole as prepared above – as required
  • Chopped onions – ¼ cup
  • Pomegranate Arils – ¼ cup (optional)
  • Sweet Chutney – 2 tsps for each plate
  • Green Chutney – 2 tsps for each plate
  • Chopped Cilantro – 3 tbsps

Steps:

Preparing Chole:

Prep-Work:

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  • If you don’t have tea sachet, in plain cloth or tissue add about 1 tbsp of tea powder and tie it tightly with a rubber band or add a knot.
  • Soak the garbanzo beans in water along with tea sachet for minimum 5 to 8 hours or preferable overnight.
  • After 5 to 8 hours of soaking, remove the tea packet and pressure cook the garbanzo beans by adding 4 cups of water along with ½ tsp of sugar for up to 5 whistles.
  • Chop the onion, cilantro and set aside.

Blanching Tomatoes:

  • In a heavy bottomed pan, add 4 cups of water and whole tomatoes and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the tomatoes skin starts to pull away turn the heat off. Drain the water and run it through cold water and peel the tomato skin and set aside.

Tomato-Onion Puree:

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  • Heat the kadai and add 1 tsp of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and let cook until its turns translucent.
  • Turn the heat off and let it cool.
  • Now blend the onions and the blanched tomatoes together.

Steps:

  • Heat the kadai and add 2 tsps of oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and hing.
  • As the cumin seeds start to crackle, add the bay leaf and fry for about 10 seconds.
  • Now add the tomato onion puree and let it cook for couple of minutes.
  • Then add sugar, salt, chole masala and turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Cook until the oil separates.

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  • Now add the cooked garbanzo beans and add required water.
  • Check for salt and spice and adjust accordingly.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes. Keep stirring the chole for every 5 minutes.

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That’s it. Yummy chole is ready. Garnish it with more cilantro and serve hot with your favorite bread or with samosa like below.

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Assembling Samosa Chole Chaat:

  • Take two samosas in serving plate.
  • Crush them or chop them into small pieces.
  • Now add about 1 cup of chole masala on top. Make sure the samosa pieces are completed soaked under the chole masala.
  • Then sprinkle some chopped onions, cilantro and pomegranate seeds and drizzle the sweet and green chutney.

That’s it. Yummy samosa chole chaat is ready to dig in. :-)

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Notes:

  • Cooking the onion and blanching the tomatoes can be done in microwave too. As I don’t prefer to cook onions and garlic in MW, I always opt for stove top sautéing.
  • I didn’t add any other spice like garam masala or chilli powder in my chole. Instead of 2 tbsps of chole masala, you can include 1 tbsp of chole masala, ½ tsp of Garam masala and ½ tsp of red chili powder or 1 green chilly chopped.
  • Adjust the spices and salt as per your preference.
  • Tomatoes can be skipped and instead about ½ to ¾ tsp of amchur powder can be added for the tangy taste.
  • For the samosa chole chaat, adjust the toppings as per your preference. Sev can be used too as a topping.

Samosa Chole Chaat
Samosa chole chaat - popular street food recipe where samosa are served with spicy and tangy chole with green and sweet chutney drizzled on top.
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For Chole
  1. Garbanzo beans - 1 cup
  2. Tea packet - 1
  3. Half of medium sized onion
  4. Tomatoes - 3
  5. Oil – 2 tsps + 1 tsp
  6. Cumin seeds - 2 tsps
  7. Hing - 1/2 tsp
  8. Water - 3 cups + 4 cups for cooking the beans + 4 cups for blanching tomatoes
  9. Sugar - 1 tsp
  10. Homemade chole masala - 2 tbsp (Recipe coming soon)
  11. Turmeric powder - 1/4 ctsp
  12. Cilantro
  13. Bay leaf - 1
  14. Salt - 1/2 tsp + 1.5 tsps
For Samosa Chole Chaat
  1. Samosa – 5 to 6
  2. Chole as prepared above – as required
  3. Chopped onions – ¼ cup
  4. Pomegranate Arils – ¼ cup (optional)
  5. Sweet Chutney – 2 tsps for each plate
  6. Green Chutney – 2 tsps for each plate
  7. Chopped Cilantro – 3 tbsps
Preparing Chole
    Prep-Work
    1. If you don’t have tea sachet, in plain cloth or tissue add about 1 tbsp of tea powder and tie it tightly with a rubber band or add a knot.
    2. Soak the garbanzo beans in water along with tea sachet for minimum 5 to 8 hours or preferable overnight.
    3. After 5 to 8 hours of soaking, remove the tea packet and pressure cook the garbanzo beans by adding 4 cups of water along with ½ tsp of sugar for up to 5 whistles.
    4. Chop the onion, cilantro and set aside.
    Blanching Tomatoes
    1. In a heavy bottomed pan, add 4 cups of water and whole tomatoes and bring it to a boil.
    2. Once the tomatoes skin starts to pull away turn the heat off. Drain the water and run it through cold water and peel the tomato skin and set aside.
    Tomato-Onion Puree
    1. Heat the kadai and add 1 tsp of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and let cook until its turns translucent.
    2. Turn the heat off and let it cool.
    3. Now blend the onions and the blanched tomatoes together.
    Steps
    1. Heat the kadai and add 2 tsps of oil.
    2. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and hing.
    3. As the cumin seeds start to crackle, add the bay leaf and fry for about 10 seconds.
    4. Now add the tomato onion puree and let it cook for couple of minutes.
    5. Then add sugar, salt, chole masala and turmeric powder and mix well.
    6. Cook until the oil separates.
    7. Now add the cooked garbanzo beans and add required water.
    8. Check for salt and spice and adjust accordingly.
    9. Add the chopped cilantro and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes. Keep stirring the chole for every 5 minutes.
    10. That’s it. Yummy chole is ready. Garnish it with more cilantro and serve hot with your favorite bread or with samosa like below.
    Assembling Samosa Chole Chaat
    1. Take two samosas in serving plate.
    2. Crush them or chop them into small pieces.
    3. Now add about 1 cup of chole masala on top. Make sure the samosa pieces are completed soaked under the chole masala.
    4. Then sprinkle some chopped onions, cilantro and pomegranate seeds and drizzle the sweet and green chutney.
    5. That’s it. Yummy samosa chole chaat is ready to dig in.
    Notes
    1. Cooking the onion and blanching the tomatoes can be done in microwave too. As I don’t prefer to cook onions and garlic in MW, I always opt for stove top sautéing.
    2. I didn’t add any other spice like garam masala or chilli powder in my chole. Instead of 2 tbsps of chole masala, you can include 1 tbsp of chole masala, ½ tsp of Garam masala and ½ tsp of red chili powder or 1 green chilly chopped.
    3. Adjust the spices and salt as per your preference.
    4. Tomatoes can be skipped and instead about ½ to ¾ tsp of amchur powder can be added for the tangy taste.
    5. For the samosa chole chaat, adjust the toppings as per your preference. Sev can be used too as a topping.
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    41 thoughts on “Samosa Chole Chaat

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    2. Yummy one. Everyone in our family is a fan of this and it is the first one we order when we go out to eat chaat. And so you can imagine how tempting this is to me. :)

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