Cholay (Curried Chickpeas)

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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

View full nutritional breakdown of Cholay (Curried Chickpeas) calories by ingredient


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


    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


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.

- 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  |

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Really liked this recipe. I will probably use less cayenne next time 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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    6 of 6 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
    5 of 5 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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    4 of 4 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
    3 of 3 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