Amritsari Chole/Amritsari Chole Recipe

Amritsari chole and  aloo kulcha  and a glass of lassi a classic combo ..Chole kulcha is a like a paired made in heaven .One of my  favourite combo.If you ever visit Delhi you will finnd many joints/dhabas serving this classic combo.
I always wanted to share the authentic dark coloured chole recipe which is served in dhabas ,I do have a very nice chole recipe in the blog but I had not shared this amritsari chole version The chickpeas or chanas are boiled with tea leaves to get that brown colour and then slow cooked with spices .

We truly devoured this delightful combo .It tasted even better the other day .Chole bhature/kulcha or puris can be a great idea for your brunch lunch or dinner .At least I  can have it any part of the day .

250 gm dried  chana/kabuli chana
1 tsp tea leaves/1 tea bag
3 to 4 cloves
1 to 2 bay leaves
1 inch Cinnamon stick

1 big or 2 small onions
2 medium sized tomato
3 green chillies slitted
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp saunf or fennel powder( optional)
1tsp amchur or 1 tsp anardana powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
2  tbsp oil or


  • Soak the chana in water overnight
  • Next morning wash it off and boil with salt sugar tea bag or tea leaves ties in a potli/muslin cloth
  • Pressure cook until it's soft
  • Remove and keep aside
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan
  • Add bay leaves  and chopped onion
  • Fry till slightly brown
  • Then add ginger garlic paste tomato and slitted green chilled and cook toll mushy
  • Add the powdered masala
  • Add little water from the cooked chana
  • Let it cool for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Then add boiled chana and cook on medium flame for 12 to 15 minutes .

You may either add anardana or amchur or add both if you want it more tangy 
Tamarind pulp can also be added ,skip the anardana powder and add 1 tbsp tamarind pulp
You can add more water and increase the gravy consistency as per taste.
Tea bags/tea leaves gives the chole dark brown colour,you may skip if you don't want to add.

 We enjoyed  it with Aloo Kulcha some onions and chilled lassi Malai maar ke😉
Link for Amritsar aloo Kulcha recipe is here 

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  1. The choley has such a lovely color, thanks to the tea! Must try this recipe...

  2. Looks so tempting. Have to try! Thanks Gloria!