Pindi Chole – Chickpea Curry with Whole Spices. Instant Pot or Saucepan. Chickpeas cooked with whole spices then added to a sauce with caramelized onions. Punjabi Chole Adapted from Rawalpindi style Chole. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Soy-free Recipe
When you think there are enough chickpea curries to make, you realize you have to make one more! And that one has to be this Pindi Chole.
Chole means Chickpea Curry and Pindi came from the place (rawalpindi). Pindi Chole has various versions that have evolved over the years. Pindi Chole can be dryish chickpeas with just spices or spices + ginger+garlic, that make up the thick “curry”. More saucy versions often use onion and other ingredients. This is an evolved recipe from cooking variations of these. Amazingly I hadn’t made these in a while, with all the various recipes I was developing for the book and blog. I would make these for when my parents visited, but they prefer less spiced food now and we stick to simple Dals and veggie sides.
Dried Chickpeas are soaked, then cooked in a pressure cooker or saucepan with whole spices such as whole cinnamon stick, green and black cardamom and cloves. The sauce is made up of caramelizing onions, no tomatoes, which is combined with the chickpeas and simmered to make a very flavorful dish. Definitely try this with dried chickpeas. I do have an option to use canned chickpeas, but the flavor doesn’t infuse the chickpeas as much.