“The virtues of donations are great, because it helps the needy and at the same time it gives an opportunity to the donor to give the surplus to the people in need ” - Sama Veda

Search This Blog

Friday, November 20, 2009


Most people think that the difference in this recipe is the tea bag. Preparing the powders with a slight twist makes this dish so tasty and different.


Kabul chenna - 1 cup
Tea - 1 tsp.

Bay leaves - 2

Onions - 2

Tomatoes - 2
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic - 2 pods
Chenna masala - 1 tsp.
Punjabi garam masala - 1 tsp.
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp.
Dhania powder - 1 tablespoon
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp.
Coriander leaves - few
Amchur - 1/2 tsp.(optional)
OR lime juice - 1tsp.(optional)
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 3 tablespoons


Make a small bag with tea using a clean muslin cloth.

Soak chenna overnight. Discard the soaked water. Fill fresh water upto an inch above chenna and pressure cook with bay leaves, tea bag and salt for 3 whistles. Drain the water, discard bay leaves, and tea bags. Keep aside. (Using tea bags gives a dark colour to the white chenna)

Grind a fistful of boiled chenna to a paste.

Crush ginger and garlic.

In a pan, dry roast all the powders (except amchur) and keep aside.

In the same pan, heat oil, and fry onions, crushed garlic & ginger, tomatoes, little salt and saute till oil leaves the sides. Mash well till pulpy.

Add the ground chenna paste, dry roasted powders and boiled chenna into it. Allow it to boil (add the amchur at this stage) and cook till thick. ( Finally, add lime juice & mix well ). Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with bhaturas, pooris , phulkas and chappathis.
And this is from Sailaja . Thank you.


  1. Yummy....looks so tempting.....tasty dish for sure!!!

  2. Nice...perfect with pooris! Looks great!

  3. I like the tip about the tea bag maami - interesting to know.

  4. Looks very tempting.....tea bags has given nice colour to the dish....

  5. The chole looks very tempting to go with poori or chapathi

  6. Looks so yummy and perfect for pooris , mm i too use teabags. By the way How is your health ????

  7. Looks very delicious esp with puri..

  8. Tempting chole dish, i prepared this chole long back..tea bags give them a beautiful colour and taste na..yummmyy!!

  9. this is in my try list for a long time..Urs is looking yumm and perfect :)

  10. Nice recipe,looks delish,would lov to eat with poori....

  11. Chole looks fabulous dea..!!! yummy yummy...

  12. Chole looks so yummmm...tasty!

  13. Would love to have the chole with some rotis now.

  14. Looks delicious and tempting..Perfect combo with roti's

  15. There are so many recipes of this dish...your sounds great, Shanthiji..congrats on ur award and your family pic in orkut is just lovely

  16. So tempting and delicious.....

  17. This is a new method for me...with the tea bag...sounds interesting.

  18. Are these channa bigger than the regular white channa Shanthi ji? Romba nanna irukku :-)


Thank you for your visit and valuable comments.