Instant Pot Hara Dhaniya Cholia | Cilantro Green Chickpeas Curry

Instant Pot Hara Chana Cholia

We are in the last week of this blogging marathon. Only six more recipes to go and I couldn’t believe I have already posted twenty recipes. Today’s recipe is from Haryana, and it is the Hara Dhaniya Cholia / Cilantro and green chickpeas curry. Let’s learn how to make this yummy curry in both pressure cooker and instant pot.

Every time I grab frozen peas or coconut or undhiyu veggie mix from the freezer section, I see the green chickpeas / Hara chana packets. I always wanted to grab them and try some simple curries, but I kept postponing thinking if we will like it or not as we have never tried it before. But when I was searching for Haryana based recipes, I landed upon Manjula’s Blog and found this Hara Dhaniya Cholia as part of the Haryanvi Thali. The recipe was super simple, and I tried it and guess what, I was banging myself for not trying the cholia before. :-)

Hara Chana or green chickpeas is a favorite winter vegetable like hyacinth beans, and it is widely used in Punjabi and Haryanvi cuisine. Aloo Cholia / Potato green channa curry is one among the popular recipes with choliya. But as we love cilantro flavor, I went with Hara Dhaniya Cholia. I pretty much followed Manjula’s recipe but modified the spices according to our taste preference. I used garam masala and also increased the amount of chili powder a bit.

Instant Pot Hara Chana Cholia

This curry pairs well with poori, roti, and rice. I wish I could source fresh ones, but I guess I need to go with frozen ones for now. What I noticed was, once cooked, the green chana color got changed to brown like regular kala chana. I am not sure if it’s the tendency of the frozen beans. I am yet to experiment more curries with it.

Now off to the Hara Dhaniya Cholia recipe. Here is the quick video that I made. Please subscribe to my youtube channel and stay tuned for new recipes.

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Instant Pot Hara Dhaniya Cholia | Cilantro Green Chickpeas Curry

Haryana special, green chickpeas curry with the delicate flavors of cilantro prepared in instant pot, popularly known as Hara Dhaniya Cholia.   

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Green chickpeas, 12 oz pack – 1
  • Chopped Onion – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Chopped Cilantro – 1 cup
  • Oil – 2 tsps
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chili – 1
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  • Water – 2 cups

Prep – Work:

  • Thaw the frozen green chickpeas and make sure it is at room temperature.
  • Chop the onion, tomatoes, green chili and cilantro and set aside.

Steps:
Instant Pot Method:

  • Set the IP in saute mode and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, hing, and green chili.
  • Saute for a minute and then add the chopped onions.
  • Cook them for a minute and add the ginger garlic paste. Cook this onion ginger garlic mix until the raw smell goes away.
  • Then add the tomatoes, sugar, and salt. Mix them all and mash the vegetables with the ladle.
  • Add all the dry spice powders (coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala and turmeric powder) and mix.
  • Cover the IP with its lid (no need to lock/seal) cook until the tomatoes are mushy.
  • Now add the green chickpeas and mix well.
  • Finally, add 2 cups of water and set the IP in manual mode and cook for 3 minutes and release the pressure quickly after 5 minutes.
  • Carefully open the IP lid and set the IP back to saute mode.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and let it simmer for 2 minutes.

That’s it. Hara Dhaniya cholia is ready. Serve hot with rice or roti.

Instant Pot Hara Chana Cholia

Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Pressure cook the green chickpeas by adding 2 cups of water for just one whistle and let the pressure drop and set it aside. Do not not discard the water.
  • Heat a kadai or pan and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, hing, and green chili.
  • Saute for a minute and then add the chopped onions.
  • Cook them for a minute and add the ginger garlic paste. Cook this onion ginger garlic mix until the raw smell goes away.
  • Then add the tomatoes, sugar, and salt. Mix them all and mash the vegetables with the ladle.
  • Add all the dry spice powders (coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala and turmeric powder) and mix.
  • Cover with a lid cook until the tomatoes are mushy.
  • Now add the cooked green chickpeas and mix well. Let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and let it simmer again for 2 minutes.

That’s it. Hara Dhaniya cholia is ready. Serve hot with rice or roti.

Notes:

  • Frozen chickpeas cook faster; hence I just cooked for 3 minutes and released the pressure quickly. If using pressure cooker just cook for one whistle. As I haven’t worked with fresh green chickpeas, I am not able to tell the cooking time for the same.
  • Adjust the salt and spices as per your preference.
  • Garam masala and sugar are optional.
  • This curry can be prepared without onion and garlic too. When I prepare that way, I add more tomatoes.

Instant Pot Hara Chana Cholia

Instant Pot Hara Dhaniya Cholia | Cilantro Green Chickpeas Curry
Serves 4
Haryana special, green chickpeas curry with the delicate flavors of cilantro prepared in instant pot, popularly known as Hara Dhaniya Cholia. 
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. Frozen Green chickpeas, 12 oz pack - 1
  2. Chopped Onion - 1 cup
  3. Tomatoes - 2
  4. Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  5. Salt - 2 tsp
  6. Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
  7. Red Chili Powder - 3/4 tsp
  8. Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
  9. Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
  10. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  11. Chopped Cilantro - 1 cup
  12. Oil - 2 tsps
  13. Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  14. Green chili - 1
  15. Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
  16. Water - 2 cups
Prep - Work
  1. Thaw the frozen green chickpeas and make sure it is at room temperature.
  2. Chop the onion, tomatoes, green chili and cilantro and set aside.
Steps
    Instant Pot Method
    1. Set the IP in saute mode and add oil.
    2. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, hing, and green chili.
    3. Saute for a minute and then add the chopped onions.
    4. Cook them for a minute and add the ginger garlic paste. Cook this onion ginger garlic mix until the raw smell goes away.
    5. Then add the tomatoes, sugar, and salt. Mix them all and mash the vegetables with the ladle.
    6. Add all the dry spice powders (coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala and turmeric powder) and mix.
    7. Cover the IP with its lid (no need to lock/seal) cook until the tomatoes are mushy.
    8. Now add the green chickpeas and mix well.
    9. Finally, add 2 cups of water and set the IP in manual mode and cook for 3 minutes and release the pressure quickly after 5 minutes.
    10. Carefully open the IP lid and set the IP back to saute mode.
    11. Add the chopped cilantro and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
    12. That's it. Hara Dhaniya cholia is ready. Serve hot with rice or roti.
    Pressure Cooker Method
    1. Pressure cook the green chickpeas by adding 2 cups of water for just one whistle and let the pressure drop and set it aside. Do not not discard the water.
    2. Heat a kadai or pan and add oil.
    3. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, hing, and green chili.
    4. Saute for a minute and then add the chopped onions.
    5. Cook them for a minute and add the ginger garlic paste. Cook this onion ginger garlic mix until the raw smell goes away.
    6. Then add the tomatoes, sugar, and salt. Mix them all and mash the vegetables with the ladle.
    7. Add all the dry spice powders (coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala and turmeric powder) and mix.
    8. Cover with a lid cook until the tomatoes are mushy.
    9. Now add the cooked green chickpeas and mix well. Let it simmer for 3 minutes.
    10. Add the chopped cilantro and let it simmer again for 2 minutes.
    11. That's it. Hara Dhaniya cholia is ready. Serve hot with rice or roti.
    Notes
    1. Frozen chickpeas cook faster; hence I just cooked for 3 minutes and released the pressure quickly. If using pressure cooker just cook for one whistle. As I haven't worked with fresh green chickpeas, I am not able to tell the cooking time for the same.
    2. Adjust the salt and spices as per your preference.
    3. Garam masala and sugar are optional.
    4. This curry can be prepared without onion and garlic too. When I prepare that way, I add more tomatoes.
    Adapted from Desi Fiesta
    Adapted from Desi Fiesta
    Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen http://www.vidhyashomecooking.com/
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    22 thoughts on “Instant Pot Hara Dhaniya Cholia | Cilantro Green Chickpeas Curry

    1. Shrividhya I get these in dried form and the colour changes the moment its is cooked. It is a let down so I stopped bringing these.Of course I made it like regular cholay or just plain boiled them. I like this hara dhania cholia will try making it,

    2. I love cooking these but prefer the fresh ones . The season for the fresh ones is very short but you will fall in love once you taste them . When you have no choice then of course the dry or frozen ones are the source . You have made them in the typical way and I can vouch they must have tasted absolutely fantastic .

    3. Sowmya:)

      So true Vidhya…we are nearly done with this mega marathon. Time surely flies. Love this green chana recipe…so many spices must have made it very flavourful. Yum

    4. I remember when we used to get green chickpeas, my mum would make us take them out of the pods and she would use in undhiyu. Long time since I’ve seen them here. Love the preparation, its so flavorful.

    5. Srivalli Jetti

      This is a fantastic chickpea dish Srividhya, the green ones taste different and this masala would have surely made it very delicious..

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