Monday 28 April 2014

Zero oil Chole/Zero oil Chickpeas in gravy

Chole can be healthy :) Here comes my Zero oil Chole with zero compromise.
Chole is a very common dish prepared in most of the homes atleast twice or thrice a month. Traditionally they have lots of oil (but they taste delicious too). But "agar wahi swad zero oil mein mile to ???" Yes, I am preparing these cholas since 4-5 years now. I still remember that for the first time when my father tasted them the first word was "Zabardasttt Chole". 
We have so many names for it - Zero oil Chole, guilt free Chole, one pot Chole or Zabardast Chole :)))

I am sure you guys are pretty excited for the recipe, so won't take your much time and quickly move towards list of the ingredients following the method :)))

Video :

Ingredients :
  • Chickpeas - 1 cup (soaked overnight with a generous pinch of baking soda) 
  • Onions - 2 medium sized
  • Tomatoes - 2 medium sized
  • Garlic - 4-5 cloves
  • Ginger - 1" piece
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp (or as per the taste)
  • Black salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - As per the taste
  • Oil - 1 tsp (100% optional, I added it just for the nicer texture)
Method :
  • Wash the chollas. Make a paste of onions + tomatoes + garlic + ginger.
  • Take a pressure cooker and add - chickpeas, then the paste, all the spices, oil if adding, water as required. Give a stir.
  • Close the lid, after the first whistle slow down the flame to medium to low and cook for another 15-20 minutes or unless the chick peas are well done.
  • Once done, add one tsp of fresh lime juice. 
  • You can also add dry mango powder/aamchur powder in place of lime juice - mix 1 tsp of aamchur powder with 3-4 tsp of water. Add in the chole, let it boil once and your chole are ready.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with Kulchas, naan, puri, steam rice.
  • For more details please watch my video. Link is given above.

Thanks & Happy Cooking


  1. Looks delicious! Really good to see the oil less alternative of this delicious but oily dish. Eat wit no more fear. :)

  2. But doesn't the pyaz tomato paste leave its raw flavour??

    1. No not at all as everything is boiled in the pressure cooker. This is full tried n tested recipe, just try it once and I am sure you will love it :)

  3. Hey priyanka
    I feel ur chollas recipe is awesome bt I have a query too...if d chollas r required to get boiled in d beginning or not as we usually do??????

    1. Thanks Shivani :), No initial boiling is required. Just dump every thing in pressure cooker as shown in the video and close.

  4. Made this tonight. Was delicious. Everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing this recipe

    1. The pleasure is all mine Geetha :), thanks to u too for sharing ur experiences :)

  5. Tried your chole... really yummy and super healthy...better than sanjiv kapoor's recipe.. pls post more of zero oil cooking