Amritsar Chole Recipe

Amritsari Chole - An authentic punjabi recipe retold.

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  1. 250 grams Chole (Chickpeas)
  2. 1 Amla or Amla Powder 1 tea spoon ( If you can find it then use a tea bag, this has great nutrients and will give the dark colour as well)
  3. 4-6 Pieces Kali Ilaichi
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Black Salt 1 teaspoon ( use as desired or mix half of white salt and half of black salt)
  6. 3-4 Green Chillies – finely chopped
  7. 2-3 Tomatoes – finely chopped
  8. 1 piece Ginger – finely chopped
  9. 2-3 tsp Green Corriander – finely chopped
  10. 1 Onion – finely chopped
  11. 1/2 tsp Mangopowder (aamchur)
  12. 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
  13. Red Chillies to taste
  14. 2 tsp dry Coriander Powder
  15. 100 gms Table spoon Ghee
  16. 2 pieces Bay Leaves

For Dry Spices ( Masala)

  1. 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala
  2. 6 pieces Clove
  3. 1 piece Cinnammon
  4. 1 tsp Black Pepper
  5. 1 tsp. Jeera
  6. 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  7. 2 tsp Anardana



  1. Soak Chole (Chickpeas) in water to soak overnight.
  2. Take a pressure cooker ( or use a normal vessel for boiling) and add Chole, tea bag,sal and Black Elaichi and add lots of water and boil for 10 minutes in the pressure cooker ( 30 minutes in a normal vessel). DO NOT OVERCOOK .If you overcook Chole it will end up like a starchy paste.
  3. After cooking discard the teaback.
  4. On a Tava or a frypan , roast all dry masala and make a rough powder out of that and keep aside.
  5. In a separate pan heat oil and add bay leaves and then fry the onions till golden brown.
  6. Add Garam Masala and tomotoes and fry and then add all the Chole ( keep the water seperately ) in the pan and mix well for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the dry Masala which you have already roasted on a pan.
  8. Add Amchur,Black Salt( if using) and ginger. ( We add it late to keep the flavour)
  9. Add water in which you boiled the Chole earlier.
  10. Let it bring to a boil and then let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Add the 2 tsp dry Coriander Powder.
  12. If the curry looks too thick then add some water.
  13. Mash some of the chole by pressing it with a spatula to give it a thick consitency like thick cream.
  14. Garnish it with chopped coriander. Green chillies halves.
  15. Red onions soaked in vinegar are an excellent accompaniment with Chole.


Add some ghee.

Serve it with Naan, Rice or Roti


TIP : The chole which you eat in the shops have slightly blackish colour.

This can be achieved in many ways at home.

While boiling the choles add One Tea Bag
add a Anvla (AMLA) it will make the choles black.
Add 2 -3 drops of soya sauce while you finished the cooking( DO NOT add more than this otherwise the taste will be overshadowed with Soya Sauce flavour)



While Preparing the dry masala which consists of the following ingredients. Roast them till they start getting burnt and turn black.

For Dry Spices ( Masala)
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala
6 pieces Clove
1 piece Cinnammon
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp. Jeera
4 tsp Coriander seeds
2 tsp Anardana


Tip: Garnish it with Ginger Julienne , Green Coriander and sliced green chillies.