How To Make Curried Chickpeas (Cholay)

Recipe submitted by: Shammi Edwards.

This is a very flavourful recipe from North India, usually eaten with fried bread like bhatura or puri. I like to serve it over rice for a very filling meal. You can also try it as a quick snack over toasted bread. This recipe is much quicker to make if you use precooked canned beans, but I like to think that the authentic flavor comes from doing it the hard way!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tea bag
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric (optional)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ground cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch garam masala (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place the 2 cups water, tea bag, and bay leaf into a pot, and bring water to a boil. Reserving about 1/2 cup garbanzo beans, stir the beans into the boiling water. When beans are heated through, discard the tea bag and bay leaf. Remove from heat. Drain the beans, reserving water, and set aside.

     

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the sliced onion until tender. Remove from heat, cool, and mix in the reserved garbanzo beans, 1 tomato, and 1/2 the cilantro leaves. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat. Blend in the coriander, cumin seeds, ginger, and garlic. Cook and stir for 15 to 20 seconds, until lightly browned. Mix in the turmeric. Stir the chopped onion into the skillet, and cook until tender. Mix in the remaining tomatoes. Season with salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. Bring the tomato liquid to a boil, and cook about 5 minutes. Stir in the boiled garbanzo beans, sliced onion mixture, and enough of the reserved water to attain a thick, gravy-like consistency. Continue to cook and stir 5 minutes. Garnish with the remaining cilantro leaves to serve.

Note:
If you are using dried garbanzo beans, soak them overnight (about 8 hours) and cook them in boiling water (enough to cover the beans) along with the bay leaf and tea bag until the beans are soft enough to mash with two fingers but still hold their shape. Remove the tea bag and bay leaf once the beans are cooked.

 

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