Chana Pindi Recipe

Let’s do a little excited leap to get in mood before making the Chana Pindi. Also known as Pindi Chana or Pindi Chole, the dish originates from pre-partition Punjab – Rawalpindi to be exact (hence the name) – making it a staple in North India as well as Pakistan.

The chana pindi is essentially boiled chickpeas cooked in tangy spices and has many variations as well. The modern day Punjabi version is not dry like the typical pindi chana and other adaptations that can be seen across homes, shops and streets are all equally delicious and unique. Here’s how you can make a bowlful of you own.

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Rawalpindi Express!
A spiced chickpea dish from Pakistan.
Chana Pindi Recipe
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Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
Chana Pindi Recipe
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Instructions
  1. Take soaked chana in a deep pan, add tea bags and salt and cook till soft. Once cooked remove the tea bags.
  2. Dry roast anardana, coriander seeds, half the turmeric powder, half the red chili powder and amchur. This is your chana masala.
  3. Heat three tablespoons ghee in a iron kadai.
  4. Add one teaspoon cumin seeds and sauté till it changes color.
  5. Add onions and sauté till golden.
  6. Add ginger paste, garlic paste, red chili powder, remaining turmeric powder, cumin powder, and coriander powder and continue to brown.
  7. Add boiled chickpeas, salt and some water and mix.
  8. Heat one tablespoon ghee in a pan, add the remaining cumin seeds and tomatoes. Add slit green chillies and a little salt and toss.
  9. Stir and press the tomatoes lightly. Add a little water and cook for two minutes.
  10. Add this mix to the chana along with chole masala and garam masala.
  11. Stir to mix well and cook for fifteen to twenty minutes on low heat.
  12. Serve.