Murgh Chole
Murgh Chole
5 from 1 vote
Murgh Chole, a delightful blend of chicken and chickpeas, offers an exquisite taste experience. This dish's rich flavours and textures make it a must-try for anyone seeking a culinary adventure. Perfect for any meal, it promises satisfaction and a memorable taste journey.
Murgh Chole

Murgh Chole, a dish resonating with the aromatic essence of Indian cuisine, holds a special place in the culinary landscape.  

This dish, hailing from the vibrant streets of India, is a beautiful fusion of tender chicken pieces and wholesome chickpeas, simmered in a richly spiced tomato-based sauce. It’s a testament to the diversity and richness of Indian cooking, a cuisine known for its bold flavours and intricate spice blends. 

Making Murgh Chole is an experience in itself. The process isn’t overly complex, making it accessible for beginners in the kitchen.  

Yet, the layering of flavours from spices like cumin, coriander, and garam masala offers enough depth to intrigue even the seasoned cooks. The key lies in balancing the spices and cooking the chicken to perfection. 

Over the years, Murgh Chole has seen various adaptations. Some prefer a spicier version, adding more chili powder, while others might enjoy a creamier texture, incorporating yogurt or cream. Each variation adds a unique twist, showcasing the versatility of this dish. 

For those new to Indian cooking, Murgh Chole is an excellent starting point. It introduces you to fundamental techniques like tempering spices and sautéing onions, which are staples in many Indian recipes. As you cook, the aroma of spices fills the kitchen, creating an inviting atmosphere. 

This dish is more than just a combination of ingredients. It’s a celebration of culture, flavours, and the joy of cooking. Each step, from sautéing onions to garnishing with fresh coriander, contributes to its overall allure. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or a gathering, Murgh Chole is sure to impress. 

In every bite, you’ll taste the harmony of spices, the tenderness of chicken, and the heartiness of chickpeas. It’s a dish that warms the soul and offers comfort, much like a hug from a loved one.  

Murgh Chole is not just food; it’s an experience, a journey through the rich culinary traditions of India. 

As you embark on this cooking adventure, remember that every ingredient plays a crucial role. The ginger and garlic add a pungent depth, while the tomatoes lend a tangy sweetness.  

The chicken, marinated in this medley of flavours, becomes succulent and flavourful. The chickpeas, with their nutty taste and firm texture, complement the chicken perfectly. 

So, why not try making Murgh Chole? It’s an opportunity to explore the depths of Indian cuisine without leaving your kitchen.  

It’s a dish that’s sure to delight your taste buds and introduce you to the wonders of spices and flavours that Indian cooking proudly showcases. Enjoy the process, relish the flavours, and share the joy of this exquisite dish with your loved ones. 

Expert Tip: To intensify the flavours, fry the spices until they release their aroma before adding the chicken and chickpeas. This step, known as blooming, brings out the depth and richness of the spices. 

What Ingredients to Use & Why

Boneless Chicken: Chicken is the main component of Murgh Chole, bringing a rich and tender texture to the dish. It absorbs the spices beautifully, giving depth to every bite. If chicken isn’t your preference, you can substitute it with tofu or paneer for a vegetarian version.  

These alternatives also soak up the flavours well, making the dish equally enjoyable. 

Chickpeas: Chickpeas add a lovely, earthy flavour and a delightful contrast in texture. They’re not just filling but also pack a nutritional punch. If you’re in a pinch, canned kidney beans or black-eyed peas can be a good alternative, offering a similar heartiness and texture. 

Onions: Onions form the base of the masala, lending a subtle sweetness when browned. They meld with the spices, creating a flavourful base for the chicken and chickpeas. Shallots can be used as an alternative for a milder taste. 

Tomatoes: Tomatoes provide a tangy freshness to the dish, balancing the richness of the spices. They help in creating a luscious gravy. In their absence, a few spoons of tomato puree or canned tomatoes can be used to achieve a similar flavour profile. 

Garlic: The pungency of garlic is crucial in Murgh Chole, offering a sharp, aromatic kick. It’s indispensable in bringing out the bold flavours. As an alternative, garlic powder can be used, but the fresh variety is always preferred for its robust flavour. 

Ginger: Ginger adds a zesty, spicy undertone. It’s a classic ingredient in Indian cooking, known for its health benefits and distinctive taste. If fresh ginger is unavailable, ginger powder is a reasonable substitute, though fresh is preferred for its vibrant flavour. 

Cumin Seeds: These seeds add a nutty, warm flavour, essential in Indian cooking. They’re irreplaceable in this dish, as they provide a unique taste. However, if you need an alternative, caraway seeds can be used, though the flavour will slightly differ. 

Coriander Powder: This spice offers a lemony, floral taste that complements the chicken and chickpeas. If unavailable, a mix of cumin and fennel powder can be used, which will offer a somewhat similar flavour profile. 

Turmeric Powder: Known for its health benefits and vibrant colour, turmeric adds a subtle earthy flavour. There’s no real substitute for turmeric, but for its health benefits, a pinch of saffron can be used for colour. 

Red Chili Powder: This provides the heat in the dish and can be adjusted to taste. For less heat, paprika can be used as it lends colour and a milder flavour. 

Garam Masala: This blend of ground spices adds warmth and depth. Each blend is unique, so the dish can taste slightly different depending on the garam masala used. A homemade mix of cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom can be used as a substitute. 

Salt: Salt is essential for balancing and enhancing the flavours of all the ingredients. 

Vegetable Oil: Oil is used for frying and cooking the masala. It can be replaced with ghee for a richer flavour or any neutral oil for a lighter version. 

Fresh Coriander Leaves: These are used for garnish, adding a burst of freshness and colour. If unavailable, parsley can be used as a garnish, though the flavour will be different. 

In conclusion, each ingredient in Murgh Chole plays a vital role in creating its unique flavour. The harmonious blend of spices, tender chicken, and hearty chickpeas makes this dish not just a meal, but a celebration of flavours.  

Each ingredient is carefully chosen to contribute to the overall taste and texture, ensuring that every bite is a delightful experience.  

Expert Tip: For a richer gravy and enhanced mouthfeel, consider adding a spoonful of yogurt or cream towards the end of cooking. This not only adds creaminess but also balances the spices, especially if the dish is on the spicier side. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Murgh Chole in a slow cooker? 

Yes, you certainly can. Cooking Murgh Chole in a slow cooker allows the flavours to meld beautifully over time, resulting in tender chicken and chickpeas that have absorbed all the aromatic spices. Just brown the onions, garlic, ginger, and spices in a pan before adding them to the slow cooker with the chicken and chickpeas. Set it on a low heat for a few hours, and you’ll have a delicious dish ready with minimal effort. 

What can I serve with Murgh Chole? 

Murgh Chole pairs wonderfully with various accompaniments. It’s traditionally served with basmati rice or naan bread. However, you can also serve it with roti, paratha, or even a simple bowl of steamed rice. For a lighter option, a side of cucumber salad or raita (yogurt-based side dish) complements it well. 

How can I store and reheat leftovers? 

Leftover Murgh Chole can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Ensure it’s in an airtight container to maintain its freshness. When reheating, you can use a microwave or stovetop. If the dish seems a bit dry, adding a splash of water while reheating helps to bring back the original consistency. 

Can Murgh Chole be made vegetarian? 

Absolutely. To make a vegetarian version of this dish, simply substitute the chicken with more chickpeas, or you can add other vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower, or bell peppers. The key is to maintain the balance of spices and flavours. 

Is Murgh Chole suitable for freezing? 

Yes, Murgh Chole freezes well. Let the dish cool down completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 1-2 months. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating and serving. 

Is it possible to make Murgh Chole spicier or milder? 

Certainly! The spice level in Murgh Chole can easily be adjusted to suit your taste. To make it spicier, you can add more red chili powder or even include fresh green chilies. If you prefer a milder version, reduce the amount of red chili powder and garam masala. You can also add a bit of cream or yogurt to temper the heat and add a creamy texture. 

Can I use canned chickpeas instead of cooking them from scratch? 

Yes, canned chickpeas are a convenient alternative and work well in this recipe. Just ensure you drain and rinse them thoroughly before adding them to the dish. Using canned chickpeas can save time, and they blend seamlessly into the dish. 

How can I ensure the chicken remains tender and doesn’t get overcooked? 

The key to keeping the chicken tender in Murgh Chole is to not overcook it. Chicken cooks relatively quickly, especially when cut into small pieces. Cook it until it’s just done, and it turns white all over. The simmering process in the gravy will continue to cook the chicken without making it tough. 

What are some common side dishes to complement Murgh Chole? 

In addition to the traditional rice and bread options, Murgh Chole can be served with a variety of side dishes. A tangy lemon or cucumber salad, pickles (achar), and a cooling cucumber mint raita can balance the richness of the dish. You could also serve it with a side of stir-fried vegetables for a more wholesome meal. 

Can I prepare Murgh Chole ahead of time for a party? 

Yes, Murgh Chole is an excellent dish for preparing ahead of time. In fact, letting it sit for a few hours or overnight can enhance the flavours as the ingredients meld together. Just reheat it thoroughly before serving. If it thickens upon sitting, adding a little water while reheating can bring it back to the desired consistency. 

Expert Tip: Don’t rush the cooking process. Allow the onions to brown properly and the tomatoes to cook down completely. These steps are crucial in building the foundational flavours of Murgh Chole, ensuring a harmonious and robust taste profile. 

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Murgh Chole

Murgh Chole

by Nabeela Kauser
Murgh Chole, a delightful blend of chicken and chickpeas, offers an exquisite taste experience. This dish’s rich flavours and textures make it a must-try for anyone seeking a culinary adventure. Perfect for any meal, it promises satisfaction and a memorable taste journey.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 264 kcal


  • 300 g Chicken diced
  • 200 g Chickpeas cooked and drained
  • 2 Onions finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1- inch Ginger grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Coriander for garnish


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Add the minced garlic and grated ginger. Sauté for another couple of minutes until the raw smell disappears.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and the oil starts to separate from the masala.
  • Add the coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for a few minutes until the spices are well incorporated.
  • Add the diced chicken pieces and cook until they turn white on all sides.
  • Pour in a 200ml water, cover the pan, and let the chicken cook until it’s tender and fully cooked.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add the cooked chickpeas and garam masala. Mix everything together and let it simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve your delicious Murgh Chole with rice or naan bread. Enjoy!


This Murgh Chole recipe is a delightful combination of chicken and chickpeas, simmered in aromatic spices.
Adjust the spice level to your liking, and you can enjoy a hearty and flavourful meal.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 13gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 621mgPotassium: 479mgFibre: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 658IUVitamin C: 14mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chana, Chicken, Chickpeas, Chole, Cooking, Curry, Food, Recipe
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