Chickpea Gravy

written by Sarah Michael Griffin April 30, 2017

The punjabi name for this dish is called ‘Chole’ and is a great side dish to pair with any kinds of flatbread, including Chapati.

How to Make Chickpea Gravy

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 1 cup of dried chickpeas (soak overnight) / canned chickpeas can be used if you can't get dried chickpeas (remember to drain the water inside)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 tbs of coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp of Amchoor powder (dried mango powder)
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 2 pcs of black cardamoms
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper corns
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp of Garam Masala
  • 1 whole black cardamom
  • 2 pcs of bay leaf
  • 1 large red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 pcs of tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 2 pcs of green chilli (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp of grated ginger
  • 1 tsp of red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbs ghee (you can use any types of oil that you prefer)


Method for dry ingredients

  1. Saute the dry ingredients in medium heat for 1-2 mins.
  2. Remove from pan and let it cool. Use a blender to grind them once cool and put aside.

Method for the Gravy:-

  1. Heat up the pan with ghee. Add green chillies, ginger and bay leaf – saute it for a few seconds
  2. Add in the chopped onion and saute till it’s transparent.
  3. Add red chilli powder, salt and mix well.
  4. Add in the tomatoes and cook until it’s soft and till the oil separates.
  5. Add in the dry ingredients that was kept aside and mix well.
  6. Add the chickpeas that has been soaked overnight. Mix it well.
  7. Cook it in medium flame for 5 minutes.
  8. Put in 1 cup of water and salt to taste.
  9. You can keep adding in water consequently, let it boil for 8-10 minutes until you get a thick gravy-like consistency. To know that your gravy has been cooked properly, you should take note of the oil separating on the surface.
  10. Garnish it with coriander.


And that's it, you're done! You can eat it as a side with Chapati. Do try the recipe and let us know how you fare. If you have any questions on the method, feel free to reach out and contact us.



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