Amritsari Alu Chole

Yields: 6 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 10 Mins Cook Time: 40 Mins Total Time: 50 Mins

Chole or chickpeas are high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets. Chole can be made in different styles i.e Pindi Chole, Amritsari Chole, Amritsari Pindi chole and so on…
In this Post we will cover Amritsari Chole one of the soul recipes in Punjab. It is absolutely delicious recipe which is made from freshly roasted chole masala and tamarind pulp which gives it a dark color and authentic taste with extra goodness of potatoes. This dish will surely bring a flavor of Amritsar streets into your home. It goes perfect along with Kulcha, Naan or Puri, Rice. It can be topped with laccha pyaz and green chilies. This dish gives best flavors when masalas are cooked for little longer but its totally worth the wait.

Tips to Note:
1)Add dry Masalas while Boiling Chole for added flavor
2)Saute the Masalas really well for about 30 minutes for enhanced flavor
3)Add Garam masala/ Chole masala again at the end
4)You can also add Tea bags for added color
5)Add a generous dollop of ghee while serving to enhance taste.
6)Chole masala used here already has a tang of Anardana or Aamchur powder, Please use it otherwise.
7)Add Oil as per your judgment and need


0/22 Ingredients
Adjust Servings
    For Boiling Chole
  • For Tempering Masala


0/29 Instructions
    For Boiling Chole/Chickpeas
  • Add Chickpeas with Potatoes in Cooker/Instant Pot
  • Add salt to taste and other things as shown below
  • 7-8 Peppercorns
  • 2-3 Bay leaves
  • 3-4 Cardamom
  • 4 Cloves
  • 2 Big Elaichi
  • 1 TSP Soda or Fruit Salt
  • Mix everything and Close the Lid and pressure cook for 20 mins or 3-4 whistles in cooker
  • For Chole gravy masala
  • Add 3 TSP Jeera to 1 TBSP of oil
  • Add 1 TSP of Asofoetedia
  • Add 2 TSP Ginger minced
  • Add 2 Onions finely chopped. Saute till they turn pink
  • Add 5-6 Garlic cloves minced
  • Puree 2-3 Tomatoes with 5-6 Garlic Cloves, 2-3 Green Chilies. Saute well.
  • Add Pink Salt for Taste
  • Add 2 TSP Turmeric Powder
  • Add 3 TSP Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • Add 4 TSP Coriander Powder
  • Add 2 TSP Cumin Powder
  • Add 1/2 cup water
  • Close the lid and let it cook till oil separates. This may take around 15-20 minutes
  • Add 5 TSP of Tamarind Paste
  • Add 3TSP of Chole masala
  • Add boiled Chole. Mix well
  • Add Boiled Potatoes
  • Add 1 TBSP Garam Masala
  • Add 1 TBSP Chole masala again and let it cook for 5 mins
  • Garnish with Cilantro


It is said that the food that you grow up eating is always closer to your heart and you end up making the best version of it as it is filled with lots of love and memories. This recipe is courtesy my Good Friend Nidhi Singh who has grown up eating Chole since childhood. Among all our friends her Traditional Chole are so inviting and full of rich flavors. Apart from awesome Chole maker ,Nidhi is seasoned homemaker who likes to keep herself always on her tippy toes from sunrise to sunset with her mundane routine.

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