Spicy chickpeas (cholay)

This simple chick pea dish is  generally eaten at iftar time in the holy month of Ramadan. Although it can be enjoyed as a savoury snack with a topping of boiled potatoes and chutney at any time of the day.


  1. Chic peas 1/2 kg
  2. Onions 2 medium chopped
  3. Tomatoes 2 medium chopped
  4. Green chillies 3-4 chopped
  5. Cumin seeds 1tsp
  6. Whole coriander 2tsp
  7. Salt 1 1/2 tsp or according to taste
  8. Red chili powder 1tsp
  9. Red chili crushed 1 tsp
  10. Chat masala 1tsp
  11. Lemon juice
  12. tamarind pulp 3/4 cup
  13. Oil 3/4 cup
  14. Coriander leaves


  • Soak the chick peas for at least 6 to 8 hour.
  • Wash and boil them with salt and soda till tender.
  • Roast cumin seeds and whole coriander.
  • Crush them and keep aside.
  • In a pan heat oil.
  • Add chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, green chillies, tamarind pulp,roasted cumin seeds & coriander, red chilli powder & crushed, chat masala and lemon juice.
  • stir till the mixture boils then add the boiled chic peas and mix it together .
  • Put the lid on and leave it for five to ten minutes till the water dries completely .
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves .

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