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I Can’t Wait for Chole


  • 2medium onions, chopped
  • 1tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1⁄2teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1⁄2inch cinnamon stick
  • 2medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1⁄2teaspoon turmeric
  • salt
  • 1⁄4-1⁄2teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2(15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1⁄2-1teaspoon garam masala
  • 1tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • In large saucepan over medium heat, heat cumin seeds, bay leaf and cinnamon until very fragrant, swirling around to prevent burning.
  • Add ginger and garlic, cooking until the smell of those fills the air, then add onions.
  • Saute onions, stirring frequently, and adding drops of water to prevent sticking, until they are translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes, coriander, turmeric, salt, and cayenne.
  • Check for seasoning, adding more as you prefer.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add garbanzo beans (chickpeas), cover, and reduce heat.
  • Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in garam masala and lemon juice just before serving.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro if you desire.
  • Serve with rice, or Indian breads or pitas (breads are best warmed on a hot griddle).


  • riffraff

    Very Good! I served over rice. Now I am craving it again, lol. Great way to dress up a can of beans girl! Thanks

  • yogi

    Really nice vegetarian main dish! I love all the spices. Thanks, Sue!

  • safsar

    I have been meaning to find a good and easy chole recipe. This is it! Great recipe. I used a bit of olive oil to try the cumin seeds in, tastes just as good. Thanks.

  • Charishma_Ramchandani

    I made this for lunch this afternoon. I scaled it down to 2 servings. I can’t thank you enough for this recipe. Reasons:- 1. Without even a drop of oil, I could never imagine cooking chole, this recipe did the unbelievable and the dish was liked by all at the lunch table. This is good for those of us who are trying to cut down on fat in our food. 2. This was ready really quick. I suggest you title it ‘Instant Chole Without A Drop Of Oil”. 3. This recipe uses minimum masala powders which is again very good. I’ll be making this very often from now onwards. My mom, dad, even my picky eater brother and me, we all THANK YOU SO MUCH for this flavourful no-oil chole sabzi. Thanks!

  • timhammond

    For all the spices and potential flavors this came out bland.

  • spatchcock

    Sue L, fiance and I loved this dish. We served it with your palak paneer recipe, Char’s Tav(Pan) Mushrooms, and your pakoras recipe! (Needless to say, that was WAY too much food!) Anyway, I absolutely love the combination of cinnamon, garlic, ginger, garam masala, cumin, and bay leaf in this recipe (and there are even more spices I didn’t list)! Fantastic. Thank you.

  • Lauren-Grace

    Great flavors in this recipe. I used the full teaspoon of garam masala and had to use cayenne because I don’t know what reshampatti chili powder is so I am pretty sure I don’t have it. I served this as a main dish for me and my husband. We thought is tasted so delicious and will definitely have it again. Doesn’t bother us that it uses canned beans (he-he). Thanks for the recipe.

  • Leeloo78

    This was a wonderful recipe! I followed the recipe (okay – maybe a bit more cayenne) and found this to be delicious. My husband liked this as well. Thank you for posting!

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  • smody

    Excellent recipe! And easy too! 🙂