Saturday, October 24, 2015


Chola Dhabala is a very popular Sindhi street food. Tangy chickpea curry is served on bread slices topped with onion kachumbar, mint coriander chutney and thin sev. Some like to add boiled potatoes too. This can be relished during any time of the day. It is quite filling and I prefer it for brunch or dinner. These days various ready masalas like chana masala and chaat masalas are available easily but our mothers and grand mothers used only home ground basic spices. The curry is made with lot of gravy which is nice and tangy.The bread slices are well soaked in it and the chickpeas are spooned on the soaked slices followed by other garnishings.

Chana / chickpeas .... 1 cup (soaked overnight)
Onion ................... 1 cup (sliced)
Tomato ............. 1 medium
Green chillies ... 1-2
Ginger ............ 1 tsp (grated)
Garlic ............ 1 tsp (crushed)
Tamarind juice ... 2-3 tbsps
Coriander powder .. 1 tsp
Cumin powder ...... 1 tsp
Garam masala ......... 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder .... 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder ... 1/4 tsp
Salt ................... to taste
Sliced bread or Pav bread .. as needed
Sev ............ for garnishing.
Mint coriander chutney ........... as needed for topping
Onion kachumbar ........... for garnishing. (soak the sliced onion in water and salt.. squeeze out and add lime juice or vinegar)
oil... 2-3 tbsps

1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the sliced onions until golden brown.
2. Add the tomato, green chillies, ginger and garlic. Saute until the tomato gets cooked.
3. Add some water and simmer. Allow it to cool and blend it using hand blender.
4. Boil the chana in a pressure cooker adding a little salt.
5. Add the boiled chana to the onion gravy. Add the mentioned spice powders, salt and tamarind.
6. Add about 3 cups water and chopped coriander leaves. Simmer for a minute or two until done.

To Serve:
Place a sliced bread or pav bread in a plate. Pour the chana and gravy over it.
Spoon some mint chutney and onion kachumar.
Sprinkle sev, bhuna jeera powder on top. If you like it spicy you can also sprinkle a little red chilli powder. Finally garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.
Some people also like to add boiled potatoes in the curry. 

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  1. This looks absolutely deliciously good. Yummyyy

  2. I have no doubt that I wouldn't love this recipe. Looks amazing I'll have to give it a try. Anything with spice is always great too!

    1. Thanks for liking and you will love it when you make.. do share the feed back.

  3. Looks so chatpata. .love to taste it

  4. Wow! Chola Dhabala sounds so very yum. Great way to pep up dinners and feed reluctant kiddo. Love the simple yet delicious! love it.

    1. Thanks Archana. This is the way we Sindhis eat Chana or Chole. Really enjoyable.

  5. Such a delish dish Shobha. Now I understand why my FIL would always insist that we make extra ragda whenever we made ragda patties.Next day he would enjoy the curry with bread slices. He must have had that often when he was a student in Mumbai. Going to make it soon.

    1. Thanks Mayuri. Yes You are right. It is in Mumbai that the concept of eating everything with pav started- vada pav, samosa pav, keema pav etc etc.

  6. Chola Dhabal is a great food to binge on while watching your favorite shows at home. It is so nice to enjoy this street style food in the comfort of your home. Even now on weekends we make this and serve it in a chaat style . Awesome share.

    1. Yes you are right. It is a chaat item but quite filling. We have it as dinner.

  7. Indian street food is the best with its explosion of flavors and did not disappoint.

    1. Right you are Chef Mireille, Indian street food is irresistible. And we have such a large variety to choose from.

    2. Wow!! Gotta try this yummy treat. Mouthwatering recipe idea. Thank you


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