Chola Masala

by ila on August 14, 2012. Updated January 2, 2013

My today ‘s recipe is a part of  famous northern India cuisine, ofcourse after chicken tikka , Butter chicken , Paneer tikka  …etc:). But Chola masala is my special recipe with very less oil, it tastes better then the thick oily gravy masala you normally get in restaurants.
I am always ready to cook it for dinner or lunch, because no other side dishes are needed with this one. Ofcource after having one bhatura (deep fried bread) you won’t feel like having anything else. .



But what makes my curry special is the quick homemade Garam Masala, mixture of roasted spices. I don’t make fine powder, but just grind a little bit in my small stone grinder.





I also steamed chopped onion and tomatoes with the chickpeas instead of cooking it in oil, so you don’t need to make tomato puree or spend more time in cooking and mixing.

Here is my recipe…

Chola Masala

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 10 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 2-3

Chola Masala


    For chola
  • 250 gm chickpeas ( Soaked in water overnight)
  • 4 cup water
  • 1 medium size onion( chopped)
  • 1 medium size tomato( chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 2 cloves garlic(finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay leaf.
  • 1 teaspoon cumin sdeeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • For Bread dough (Bhatura)
  • 2 cup all purpose floor( Maida)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup curd(yoghurt)
  • 2 pinch of salt ( or as per your taste)
  • 1 tablespoon yeast powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • For garam masala
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 black gadamom
  • 2 star Anise
  • 2 Dry red chilies


  1. Soak chole(chickpeas ) in warm water overnight with 1 teaspoon soda.
  2. Mix chole/onion/Tomato /ginger and steamed it till chole till they become very soft
  3. Grid all garam masala ingredient in mixer grinder except bay leaf, I prefer my stone grinder and also grind a very little , I don’t make powder.
  4. Heat oil in pan, add bay leaves , cumin seeds,mustard seeds. add garlic and sauté till garlic is brown.
  5. Add garam masala after 10 secs add chole mixture and tamarind paste
  6. cover the pan and cook it for 5-10 mins
  7. Fried Bread
  8. Mix all the ingredient listed for bread and knead until  your get smooth dough. Cover it with plastic wrapper or wet towel for 1 hours.
  9. Form it in to 6 balls(smal rolls size)  and you can also make small size rolls.
  10. Roll them into 5-4  inch discs.
  11. Heat oil (sufficient to deep fry bread)
  12. Now rolled-out bhatura in oil very gentaly, do not splash oil.
  13. Deep fry bread (keep turning it) till both the sides are light golden brown.

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  • justonecookbook

    Oh my gosh the bread in last picture looks so delicious!!!   Although I’ve never heard of
    Chola Masala before, I’d love to taste it with this bread.  Looks absolutely delicious – oh and you have a cute bowl… :-)


    I’ll definitely make the bread for breakfast, looks amazing. And masala, I always tought it was complicated, so I naver made it. But it’s not really :) thank you for sharing.

    • MyWayToCook

      Thank you so much for visiting my site and living such a sweet note!

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