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Chikkar Choolay

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A very traditional Lahori chickpeas best served with pillau rice or naan.
Chikkar Choolay recipe

Total servings: 6
Pre-Prep time: 10 min
Preperation time: 45 min
Occasion: Any
Cuisine: Pakistani
Effort: Easy
Best for: All
How to serve: Hot


2 cups chickpeas
1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 cup daal masoor
1/4 cup oil
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger fresh, peeled & chopped
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon green chili, finely chopped


Wash the chick peas thoroughly to remove dirt.
Then put the chickpeas and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl and soak in plenty of water for several hours or overnight.
Place chickpeas along with soaking water in a heavybased saucepan; add more water, if most of the water is absorbed by the chickpeas.
Bring the chickpeas to boil, cover and simmer on low heat for about 40-45 minutes or until the chickpeas are 3/4 cooked.
Add lentil, stir, bring to boil, cover and simmer until the chickpeas are tender but still retain their shape.
This process can be speeded up in a pressure cooker.
Use half the quantity of water. (Follow the manufacturer's instructions for timing.)
Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
Add the finely chopped onions and ginger.
Stirring frequently, fry the mixture for 5-8 minutes until well browned. Add the chili powder, turmeric, ground coriander, salt and 34 tablespoons water. Stir fry for another few minutes.
Pour the cooked chick peas and liquid into the onion mixture. Stir well to mix all the ingredients and cover with a lid.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until the chick peas have absorbed the sauce.
Transfer the chick peas to a serving dish, sprinkle with the garam masala and the finely chopped fresh coriander leaves.
Serve hot with chapati, naan or rice of your choice.

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