Water - 3 cups + 4 cups for cooking the beans + 4 cups for blanching tomatoes
Sugar - 1 tsp
Homemade chole masala - 2 tbspRecipe coming soon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 ctsp
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 cupoptional
Sweet Chutney – 2 tsps for each plate
Green Chutney – 2 tsps for each plate
Chopped Cilantro – 3 tbsps
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.