Garbanzo Beans (Chole)

"For all you chick pea lovers. With an Indian kick."
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  • Sauté onions, add garlic and ginger in ghee.
  • Fry for about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, and cumin, coriander, turmeric and chili powders, and salt to taste.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add garbanzo beans, boil for a few minutes.
  • Add garam masala, let mixture simmer.
  • Remove from stove.
  • Serve garnished with coriander leaves and lemon slices.

Questions & Replies

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  1. jes17545
    Do you drain the garbanzos?


  1. Starrynews
    So good! The blend of spices is fantastic! We loved the addition of the lemon at the end, added a nice extra pop of flavor. Thanks for sharing! ZWT8
  2. Tebo3759
    This was excellent. I used it as a main dish over basmati rice and served it with tortilla and a veggi. It was a great meal. I added a can of tomatoes rather than the tasteless variety here at this time of year. Would make a good side dish for a meat dinner as well I think. Thanks Rita
  3. BrotherAdso
    Excellent mixture for curry, though I added about 1/2 teaspoon more of all the spices, especially ginger. The times and order of spice addition are all spot on, though, and the tomato sauce is how I like my Chole! One note: this could use with a sweet-sour kick -- perhaps add a tbs or two of lime juice?
  4. Happy Harry 2
    Another good one, Rita! Made this tonight along with Aloo Gobo #1738 and jasmine rice. I did tweaked it some..Added cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp anchur powder. I also cooked the seasonings for a minute or so in hot oil before adding onion, and ginger. Left out the garlic. Also used dried cooked chickpeas. This was enjoyed by my Indian student as well as myself. Will be aking this again...soon!
  5. yedenmatka
    Wow.....Love this recipe. Easy to make and so, so good! I followed the recipe exactly except for the ginger. Didn't have fresh so used 1/2 tea of ground and it still turned out fantastic. This will be a regular on our table, for sure. Oh, BTW....I used freshly cooked garbanzo beans. I just added 2 cups of cooked beans instead of the 16 oz canned beans. Thank you for sharing this one Rita!


  1. ucbears
    This recipe was awesome. I didn't have garam masala (or just couldn't find it in my pantry) so I used curry powder instead. I think I won't be spending so much money on those shelf-stable tasty bite indian meals any longer. Thank you!
  2. BonnieZ
    OK I admit it, I'm a chole addict, and I find myself craving this stuff- often. This recipe was simple, economical healthy and delicious. The only change I made was to use cumin seed instead of cumin powder. Thank you Rita for sharing the recipe.



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