We can visit different countries and try different cuisines, but we will always find solace in typical Indian food. Reason: It’s spicy, rich and packed with different flavors. While we are describing Indian food with these words, our mind naturally imagines a big plate full of Punjabi food. This regional cuisine has a huge fan base in the country due to its high flavor and spice profile – just what we crave in our food. Punjabi cuisine offers many recipes for chole (chickpeas) namely pindi chana, chole gravy, masala chole and more. But today we will introduce you to a new recipe that will surprise your taste buds.
Chikar chole is a Punjabi style dish enjoyed in both northern India and Pakistan. ‘Chikar’ means mashed and mushy chole. So this dish’s gravy is made with boiled and mashed chickpeas along with potatoes, both of which help thicken the gravy and make it more flavorful. Add to that a ton of whole spices and spice powder and you get a robust dish that will have you savoring a new Punjabi dish but with the same pleasure of tasting similar flavors that spell ‘home’.
(Also read: 5 Delicious Ways To Make Chole/White Chana At Home)
Punjabi Chikar Chole Recipe I How To Make Chikar Chole At Home
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To make this dish, soak and pressure cook the chole as you do with other chole recipes. Here you just have to overcook it a bit. Then take half of the boiled chol and mix it with boiled potatoes to form a paste. Roast this onion paste paste, seasoned with whole spices such as cinnamon, ginger, garlic, cardamom and peppercorns. And add the usual spice powders like coriander and turmeric. Add some curd, rest of cooked chole, water and garnish with dry mango powder, black pepper powder and kasuri methi.
It really is that simple. So if you like spicy, tasty and spicy dishes like us, then this recipe is a must.
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