Delhi street-style chole is a popular Indian dish made with chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, and a special blend of spices. It’s often served as a street food, but can also be enjoyed at home as a main course or side dish. The dish is known for its rich flavor and hearty texture, making it a favorite among foodies around the world.
Spicy Matar / Chole (White Peas)
Strolling through the Indian Grocery Aisle at the Supermarket one day, I happened to suddenly get an accidental glance at a packet of White Peas. It was like a long-lost childhood friend was suddenly in front of me!!! Ohhh the flashback of Sunday mornings, with my cousin over at my place enjoying this scrumptious breakfast – Chole Kulche.
Excitedly I picked up the packet, cooked the chole and relished the memories, in my home away from home.
Chole Recipe with Delhi Flavor
In Delhi, every street or a colony has a vendor selling the most delicious plate of chole kulche. Few used to make black in color like chole bhature types, and few used to make just like that. The only thing constant was the taste, tha was never compromised, from Old Delhi to New Delhi.
Now, it’s very hard to find the authentic Delhi wala Flavour, anywhere else in the world. Even in India, you cannot find the Delhi Flavour in any other city, except for Delhi. I don’t know why that is, but I do know, every city has the same items with that city’s own unique style. Sadly, abroad the uniqueness of Indian dishes are fading away in the world of Blandness…..
Can I tell you a secret though?? It is not hard to get this flavor that I keep talking about. You just need to know the right spices, and you need to have a free hand when it comes to measuring the spices. The street sellers – they don’t use the concept of Teaspoon or Tablespoon. It’s the free-flowing spices, guess-work, that is cooked together, and that my friend brings out the flavour in the food.
Nevertheless, I will tell you about the measurements for this “No fuss No mess Matar/Chole recipe”. You can make it black in color too, like the chole bhature types. I will share that recipe in the next post 🙂
Delhi Street Style Choley RecipeCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium
Very basic ingredients and you get yourself a yummy bowl of Street style Matar.
2 cups White Peas / Matar
Onion – chopped and sliced.
Tomato – chopped
Green chilies – chopped.
Red chili powder – please adjust as per your spice level.
Chaat Masala (MDH Chaat Masala is the BEST!!!)
Zeera Powder/ Cumin Powder
Garam Masala (this I prefer less, you can adjust to your taste)
Kala Namak/Black Salt as per taste
- Wash the peas nice and clean 🙂 Soak them in water for at least 4 to 6 hours.
- Boil them in the same water. I didn’t pressure cook them. Although being a Lazy Chef, I should’ve, but those usually come out dry and I don’t prefer too dry. If you’re using the pressure cooker, cook first on high flame; after the first whistle, simmer down and cook for 8 to 10 mins.
- Once soft and squishy, add the chopped tomatoes and chopped onions first.
- Add all the spices.
- Mix it up and cook for 2 minutes to let the spices blend in.
- Ready to be served – Add the sliced onions and green chilies and Lemon Juice for that tanginess 😉
Delhi street-style chole can be served as a main course or side dish.
Enjoy this Delhicacy with rice, Kulcha(if you can find the authentic ones near to you), and Naan or if you’re Lazy like me it goes great with ghee-roasted Bread as well. You can also add a dollop of yogurt or raita on top for an extra burst of flavor.
Tips and Tricks
Here are a few tips and tricks
- To save time, you can use canned chickpeas instead of dried ones. However, if using canned chickpeas, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
- The longer you cook the chickpeas, the softer they will become. If you prefer a firmer texture, cook them for less time.
- You can add more or less spice depending on your personal preference. Adjust the amount of red chili powder and green chilies to make the dish spicier or milder.
- To make the dish vegan, use vegetable oil instead of ghee.
Delhi street-style chole is a delicious and authentic Indian dish that’s easy to make at home. By following these simple steps and using the right ingredients, you can enjoy a taste of Delhi street food in your own kitchen. So next time you’re in the mood for something spicy and flavorful, give this recipe a try!