Punjabi Chole Masala (Punjab Chickpea Curry).

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April 24th, 2011

This tangy dry chickpea curry is great wrapped in a flat bread or served with other Indian favourites.

Makes enough for two large serves or four as part of an Indian feast.


Punjabi Masala Powder

This can be bought at an Indian grocer, but making your own version is more fun and you can tweak the flavours. If you can't find the mango or pomegranate powder add a squeeze of lime at the end. This makes enough masala for three meals.

  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black pepper
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 dried chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon green mango powder (amchur)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry pomegranate powder (anardana)


  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small piece of ginger (about 1/2 an inch)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tins of chickpeas (or 1 1/2 cups chickpeas soaked overnight and boiled until cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon Punjabi chole masala powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • Oil
  • Fresh coriander to garnish


Dry roast the cumin and coriander seed, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and chilli in a medium hot pan until the cumin seeds start to brown.

Remove from the pan and grind to a powder in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Mix in the green mango and pomegranate powder.

Finely chop the onion, garlic and ginger. Drain the chickpeas. Roughly chop the tomatoes.

Gently fry the onion, garlic and ginger in a little oil. When the onions are soft add the tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes.

Add the chickpeas and the masala and salt. Cook for five minutes. Season with salt and serve with an indian flatbread or rice.