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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 159.4
  • Total Fat: 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 584.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 22.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 6.6 g

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Cholay (Curried Chickpeas)

Submitted by: LOTUS737

Introduction

Indian spices add zest to this traditional vegetarian dish. Indian spices add zest to this traditional vegetarian dish.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    4 cups chickpeas (canned)
    2 cups onions, chopped
    1 tsp cumin seed
    1 tsp salt
    1 tbsp red or cayenne pepper
    2 tbsp canola oil

Directions

Saute onions in oil on medium heat until carmelized.
Add cumin seeds and cook until fragrant.
Add chick peas, salt, and pepper. Heat through.
Garnish with fresh diced tomato and onion.
Serve plain, with basmati rice, roti (Indian flatbread), or naan.

TIPS:
- Invest in some channa masala (MDH is my favorite brand) and add a teaspoon to the dish to make it authentic. Be careful, a little goes a long way.
- You can make this dish thick or add water to thin it out.
- You can also add a bit of tamarind sauce (imli) to the dish to give it a nice flavor and color.
- You may want to grind the cumin seeds, just roast them in a pan until fragrant and then use a spice mill or coffee grinder to pulverize them.
- You can use canned or dry beans. If you're cooking the dry beans, some people like to add tea to the boiling water to give the dish a different color and depth of flavor.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LOTUS737.





TAGS:  | Indian | Indian  | Vegan | Vegan  |

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Really liked this recipe. I will probably use less cayenne next time though...it was too spicy for me and I LOVE spicy. I had to add a few things to try to calm the heat - fresh ginger, a tomato, dates and dried apricots. I will definitely make again but with maybe half the cayenne. - 1/8/10

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I used curry powder in lieu of the cayenne (my kids don't like things too spicy), and added about 1/4 cup of raisins for additional sweetness. It was delicious - 3/30/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    yummy.... i loved the spice :) i also added fresh ground ginger, fresh cilantro and fresh garlic..... - 9/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    So good! I love the spice. If I make it for others I would tone down the cayenne. - 11/8/12

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was a little spicy for me, but my husband loved it! I stirred in 1 oz of greek yogurt to mellow it out a bit. It was good. - 2/27/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    lovely on a jacket spud - 2/5/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very nice - will tone down the spice content next time though - 1/17/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I carmelized the onions, left out cayenne pepper and used regular, added raisins and some curry powder. It was a delicious mixture of hot and sweet! I'll see what the family thinks this afternoon! - 5/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love cholay puri! I thought I wouldn't be able to eat too much of it (though I guess I'd need to limit the puris) - 5/2/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I will have to make these over the weekend! I love Indian food, and this sounds delish! I bet it's great with either cut up beef or chicken in it if you don't want to go vegan on it. YUM! - 2/5/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious with a piece of whole wheat naan. - 5/21/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was delicious, easy, and fast! We added a little sugar while carmelizing the onions for a bit sweeter taste. - 4/9/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very, very good. I think caramelizing the onions rather than just cooking until translucent was key, as it lended a nice sweetness. Watch out with the cayenne pepper though; I used less than half the amount recommended, and I still thought it was pretty hot. However, I like things fairly mild. - 1/30/08

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Goes very well over brown rice. - 3/16/07

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This tastes great with Bhatura (Indian flatbread made with flour & deep fried). And with red onions as salad side dish...yumm ! Followed by Dahi wada & you have an entire meal ! - 3/16/07

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  • Love this recipe!! - 7/1/11

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  • Very Good
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    where is the curry? this is actually a Hummus recipe?? - 4/11/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Looks like the nutrition facts don't match the recipe. - 10/16/10

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  • I liked this. Having read the comments of others, I used only 1 tsp. of cayenne rather than 1 Tb. My daughter said I could have used more. She likes her food spicier than I do. - 7/27/10

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  • I can't believe how easy and delicious this was! I will most definitely make this again. - 12/11/09

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  • Delicious. I need to go steady with the spices, it was a bit too hot for me but I still loved it and will make it again. I like the idea of adding raisins, I might try that one next time - 5/2/09

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  • thank you for inspiration -yum - 1/28/09

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  • Fabulous. Very tasty, with the right amount of kick. - 2/2/08

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  • I love recipes like this that are excellent, but easy and simple to make. I've tagged all of Lotus's recipes I can find, too! =) - 10/31/07

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  • I love this dish! It's the closest I've ever gotten to authentic-tasting Indian cooking. I like to serve it with Trader Joe's Naan bread. And don't heed the warning about fresh tomatoes! - 9/30/07

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  • Quick, easy, spicy. I had some roasted cherry tomatoes and a whole wheat toast on the side. - 7/16/07

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  • I made this just for myself last night. I enjoyed it very much. Then I offered some to my kids. I was surprised that they tried it; they never try anything new. They loved it and I have no left overs. I served it over basmati rice. Now I off to try other Lotus737 recipes.... - 4/5/07

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  • This is a tasty dish and goes so well with other recipes Lotus737 has posted. I always use the MDH channa masala and I also add tamarind. - 3/15/07

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