Some recipes just make you want to go balle balle!!!! Punjabi dishes in Indian cuisine are crazy popular and for good reason. From Parantas to garma garam Tandoori Chicken we are always left wanting more. Their Chana or Chole is no exception. Made famous by the way side restaurants or Dhabas, this Chana Chole is always served steaming hot with a bread called the batura. This can also be eaten as a main or a side with roti or rice. What I love about this recipe is that the chana or garbanzo beans as we know it in this part of the world is cooked together with spices and black tea thus infusing the delicate beans with flavor and color.
What’s interesting about this recipe is the use of black tea. This is used to flavor the chana as well as impart a deep color. I like to use a homemade Garam Masala in this recipe to give it it’s rich taste – https://youtu.be/kkiYMQrYqUc
In this video I guest star the popular dance troupe Maritime Bhangra Group a Canadian group I found on YouTube.
I recently flew from Mumbai to Dubai on Emirates Airlines and I was served this delicious Mushroom and Chickpea curry. I researched it when I returned home and learned that it is also known as Dhingri Chole. I loved the earthy taste and the combination of mushroom and chickpeas. Once back I developed this recipe till I got the taste ‘just right’ and now I’m ready to share it with you.
This curry can be rather spicy, you can tone this down by adding less chillies and chilli powder. In my opinion it’s stellar taste comes from the fact that I ground my garam masala fresh, it really makes a huge difference. Making your fresh Garam Masala spice is super easy, click here to watch step by step instructions.