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East Indian Bottle Masala Chole or Chickpeas Recipe

East Indian Bottle Masala Chole : Just Awesome
Sumit Malhotra

East Indian Bottle Masala Chole or Chickpeas Recipe

I am enamoured by the aroma and the taste of East Indian Bottle Masala. To make East Indian Bottle Masala, all the spices are first sun dried. Then each spice is roasted separately on a very slow fire in earthenware. It is then pounded starting with the chillies. Traditionally, East Indian Bottle Masala was bottled. This ritual is still practiced by the East Indian community of Bandra, the indigenous people of Bombay. East Indian Bottle Masala can have up to 27 ingredients. The family recipes of East Indian Bottle Masala are usually not shared. An East Indian meal is incomplete without it it is said.

After making East Indian Bottle Masala chicken curry, I wanted to experience something vegetarian. I found a small container with boiled Chole (Kabuli Chana or Chickpeas) in the refrigerator. I decided to transform it with East Indian Bottle Masala. I like my Chickpeas or Kabuli Chana or cholas with whole spices so I decided to throw in some of them. This is what came out of it. Read on.

East Indian Bottle Masala Chole or Chickpeas Recipe

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes/ Soak Kabuli Chanas overnight
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Gizmos: Wok or a Kadhai
  • Serves: 3
what goes in?what kinds?how much?
Kabuli Chana/ Chole/ ChickpeasOne Cup (Boiled)
Vegetable OilI used Canola Oil1 Tablespoon
Peppercorns (Kali Mirch)1 Tablespoon
Coriander Seeds (Dhaniya)1 Tablespoon
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)1 Tablespoon
Bay Leaf1 No.
Black Cardamom (Badi Ilaichi)5 No.
Green ChilliesSlit3 No.
GingerPaste1 Tablespoon
OnionsPaste2 No. Medium Size
TomatoesPaste2 No. Medium Size
East Indian Bottle Masala1 Tablespoon
Table SaltTo Taste

Process to make East Indian Bottle Masala Chole or Chickpeas Recipe?

  1. Soak the Chole/ Kabuli Chana/ Chickpes overnight or at least for 6 hours before cooking.
  2. Add salt and pressure cook them for 5-6 whistles or till soft. Save the water.
  3. To make the masala for chole, heat oil in a kadhai.
  4. Add whole spices and season the oil. As they crackle add slit green chillies.
  5. Add onions paste and saute till it is translucent.
  6. Add ginger paste and saute till raw smell of ginger goes away.
  7. Add tomato puree and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Add East Indian Bottle Masala to the masala and cook till it becomes fragrant and oil leaves the masala.
  9. Add chole or kabuli chana or chickpeas and coat well.
  10. Add the saved water and simmer for 7-8 minutes. You can increase or decrease the water to achieve your desired consistency.
  11. Serve hot with rice or paranthas.

Visual process for making East Indian Bottle Masala Chole or Chickpeas Recipe?

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