7 Tips To Master Punjabi Chole At Home
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Punjabi Chole is a popular North Indian meal that features delicate chickpeas cooked in a thick, aromatic tomato-based masala. Its rich tatse, which includes cumin, coriander, and garam masala, is both soothing and intensely fulfilling. Punjabi chole, served hot and garnished with fresh coriander and a squeeze of lemon, is a beloved master piece of Punjabi cuisine, valued for its rich flavour and cultural significance.

To master this dish, all you need is patience, some tips and yes, the correct usage of spices. Punjabi Chole, a classic North Indian chickpea curry, is renowned for its rich, robust flavours and aromatic spices. To prepare this dish, start by soaking dried chickpeas overnight or for at least 8 hours, ensuring they soften and cook evenly.

For an authentic touch, add a spice bag (potli) containing black tea, bay leaves, a cinnamon stick, black cardamom, and cloves while boiling the chickpeas. The tea imparts a rich colour, while the spices infuse deep flavours into the chickpeas. This was a bonus tip for making this dish. Here are some simple tips to enhance your Punjabi chole at home.

Soak Chole Overnight

To make your curry flavourful and soft, soak dried chickpeas overnight or for at least 8 hours; this helps soften them and ensure they cook evenly. In a bowl, add water and chickpeas, cover them and soak. If you don’t have time to soak them overnight, here is a quick hack: in a pan, add water and chole, boil them and cover. Let them rest for an hour or so. Soaked chickpeas cook faster and absorb flavours better.

Use A Masala Poti

Chole is incomplete without spices; to make flavourful chole at home, use this trick to elevate the dish. Use a spice bag (potli). To make it, take a muslin hanky or cloth, clean it and use it. This technique helps infuse the flavours in the dish and prevent spices from coming into the mouth while eating.

Place whole spices like a black tea bag, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom, and cloves in a piece of muslin cloth and tie it securely. Add this spice bag to the chole while it is boiling. The black tea imparts a rich, dark colour to the chole, while the spices enhance the overall flavour.

Cook Chole

To cook the chole, boil them with the spice bag until they are tender and easily mashed between your fingers. Always use a pressure cooker. Ensure the chickpeas are fully cooked but not mushy; they should maintain their shape. Properly cook the chole, as it will enhance the flavour and texture of the dish.


Flavourful Masala Paste

Indian dishes are incomplete without masala, and Punjabi chole too needs a tasty masala base that will give flavour and enhance the dish. In a pan of hot oil, sauté the onion and garlic until golden brown. Now add ginger-garlic paste and cook until the raw smell disappears. Then, add the pureed tomatoes and cook until the oil separates from the masala. This process is essential for building the rich, flavourful base of your chole. Always use fresh tomatoes, this will enhance the puree and make it thick and tasty.

 Fresh Ground Spices

 For an authentic experience, always use freshly ground spices. In a pan, roast whole spices like coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and dried red chillies until fragrant. Cool them down and then grind them into a powder. These fresh spices will enhance the dish and give it more flavour and aroma. Add these spices to your onion-tomato mixture, along with turmeric, red chilli powder, garam masala, and a pinch of asafoetida (hing). This will surely make your chole taste amazing.


Cook On Low Heat

When the chole is cooked and ready, add it to the masala base. Let the chole simmer and boil with the masala base. The slow cooking will lead to better texture and help improve the flavour. Simmer and check the consistency; add water to achieve the desired consistency. Patiently cook this rich curry, which will surely be tasty and aromatic.


Always present the dish beautifully; it enhances the taste as well as the presentation. Top the dish with coriander leaves, finely chopped green chillies, and a squeeze of lemon juice. These three ingredients enhance and elevate the dish; lemon adds a nice, tangy texture, making it perfect. Serve the chole hot with bhature, naan, or rice. Serve it with onions dipped in vinegar.

Punjabi Chole represents the heart of North Indian cuisine with its hearty flavours and aromatic spices. By following these simple tips, you can make tasty Punjabi chole. Punjabi Chole is not just a meal but a celebration of culinary tradition, best served piping hot alongside fluffy bhature, soft naan, or steamed rice.