Chikar Chole
Chikar Chole
5 from 1 vote
Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of India with Chikar Chole, an evergreen favourite that satisfies every palate. This recipe is an absolute feast of flavours, perfect for both novice chefs and seasoned cooks. Whether you’re after a weekend cooking project or planning your next family meal, this dish is a sure-fire winner.
Chikar Chole

Chikar Chole, a beloved dish originating from the vibrant culinary landscape of Indian cuisine, embodies a harmonious blend of aromatic spices and wholesome chickpeas.

This dish is not only a celebration of flavor but also a testament to the rich cultural heritage that inspires its creation. While its precise origins may be elusive, its popularity is undeniable, gracing dinner tables and street food stalls alike across the Indian subcontinent.

Crafting Chikar Chole requires a delicate balance of ingredients and techniques, making it an ideal exploration for both novice and seasoned cooks. With its hearty texture and robust flavors, this dish promises to tantalize the taste buds and transport diners to the bustling streets of India, where the aroma of spices fills the air and culinary delights abound.

Whether enjoyed alongside fluffy rice, warm naan, or flaky roti, Chikar Chole is sure to satisfy cravings for comfort and adventure alike.

Expert Tip: For a richer flavor, toast the whole spices such as cumin seeds before adding them to the dish.


Chickpeas Canned: Canned chickpeas serve as the heart of this dish, providing a creamy texture and a rich source of plant-based protein.

Onion: Finely chopped onions lend a sweet and savory depth to the dish, enhancing its complexity of flavor.

Tomatoes: Pureed tomatoes contribute a tangy sweetness and help create a luscious gravy base for the Chikar Chole.

Garlic: Minced garlic infuses the dish with its pungent aroma and savory undertones, adding depth to the overall flavor profile.

Ginger: Grated ginger brings warmth and zing to the dish, complementing the spices and providing a subtle kick.

Green Chilies: Slit green chilies provide a gentle heat and a burst of freshness, balancing the richness of the other ingredients.

Cumin Seeds: Cumin seeds, when toasted, release a nutty aroma and add earthy notes to the dish.

Spices (Cumin Powder, Salt, Chilli Powder, Garam Masala, Turmeric, Dried Mango Powder): A medley of spices including cumin powder, salt, chili powder, garam masala, turmeric, and dried mango powder (amchur) create a symphony of flavors, elevating the dish with their aromatic and savory profiles.

Oil: Cooking oil serves as the medium for sautéing the aromatics and spices, imparting richness and helping to develop the dish’s depth of flavor.

Coriander: Freshly chopped coriander leaves, used as a garnish, add a pop of color and a refreshing herbal note to the finished dish.

Expert Tip: Adjust the amount of chili powder according to your preferred level of spiciness. You can always add more later if needed.

Serving Suggestions

Chikar Chole is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. Here are some serving suggestions to enhance your dining experience:

  • Serve hot Chikar Chole with steamed rice for a comforting and satisfying meal.
  • Pair it with freshly baked naan bread or flaky roti to soak up the flavorful gravy and enjoy a traditional Indian dining experience.
  • For a lighter option, serve Chikar Chole with warm quinoa or couscous and a side of crisp salad greens.
  • Garnish with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of chaat masala for added creaminess and tanginess.
  • Accompany with pickled onions or mango chutney for a delightful burst of contrasting flavors.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different garnishes such as sliced onions, lemon wedges, or fried shallots to add texture and flavor to the dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make Chikar Chole less spicy?

To reduce the spiciness of Chikar Chole, you can adjust the amount of chili powder and green chilies according to your preference. You can also add a dollop of yogurt or coconut milk to mellow out the heat.

Can I use dried chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas?

Yes, you can use dried chickpeas for this recipe. However, you will need to soak them overnight and then cook them until tender before proceeding with the recipe.

Is it necessary to mash some of the chickpeas?

Mashing some of the chickpeas helps thicken the gravy and adds a creamier texture to the dish. However, if you prefer a chunkier consistency, you can skip this step.

Can I make Chikar Chole in advance?

Yes, Chikar Chole can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

What can I substitute for dried mango powder (amchur)?

If you don’t have dried mango powder, you can substitute it with a splash of lemon juice or tamarind paste for a tangy flavor.

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Chikar Chole

Chikar Chole

by Nabeela Kauser
Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of India with chikar chole, an evergreen favourite that satisfies every palate. This recipe is an absolute feast of flavours, perfect for both novice chefs and seasoned cooks.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 315 kcal


  • 800 g Chickpeas Canned
  • 1 Onion Finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes Pureed
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 inch Ginger Grated
  • 2 Green Ghilies Slit
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder Adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Mango Powder Amchur
  • 50 ml Oil
  • Coriander Chopped (for garnish)


  • Take one can of drained chickpeas and roughly mash them using a fork or potato masher. This will help thicken the gravy.
  • In a large pan, heat the cooking oil over medium heat.
  • Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger. Sauté for a minute until fragrant.
  • Add the pureed tomatoes and cook until the oil starts to separate from the masala.
  • Lower the heat and add the coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, and slit green chilies.
  • Cook the masala until the oil starts to separate again.
  • Add the whole chickpeas and the mashed chickpeas to the masala. Mix well.
  • Season with salt and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld.
  • Sprinkle garam masala and amchur over the chole. Mix well.
  • If the consistency is too thick, you can add some water to achieve your desired gravy consistency.
  • Once the chole is well-cooked and the flavours have developed, remove from heat.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Chikar Chole is best served hot with steamed rice, naan, or roti.


You can adjust the spiciness and flavours according to your taste preferences.
Chikar Chole with mashed chickpeas has a thicker consistency due to the mashed chickpeas, making it even more satisfying.
Feel free to add some chopped vegetables like bell peppers or spinach for added nutrition and flavour.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 315kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 11gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.05gSodium: 1152mgPotassium: 524mgFibre: 11gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 704IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Chana, Chickpeas, Chikar Chole, Curry, Food, Recipe, Vegetarian
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