Chickpeas in Spicy Tomato Gravy

Chickpeas in Spicy Tomato Gravy Recipe
Photo: David Malosh
This classic Punjabi dish, called masaledar cholay, is often served as part of a big Sunday lunch, along with raita, naan and salad.


4 to 6
Total time: 35 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 35 Minutes


8 garlic cloves, chopped
2 jalapeños, chopped
1 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 onions
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups water
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves


In a mini food processor, combine the garlic, jalapeños and ginger and process to a paste. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the onions and cook over moderately high heat until sizzling, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are browned, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and simmer over moderate heat until thickened, about 6 minutes. Add the chickpeas and water and simmer until the chickpeas are flavored with the gravy, about 8 minutes. Season the chickpeas with salt, garnish with the cilantro and serve.

Sanjeev Kapoor,

Food & Wine

March 2011
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