July 17, 2015

Aloo Choliya | Fresh Green Chickpeas Gravy | Sides for Roti

Winter produce brings in a lot of variety into the veggie basket like Purple Yam (Kand), Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Green Peas, Hara Choliya (Fresh Green Chickpeas) etc. While I generally make Oondhiyoo once or twice during the winters, today's post is with fresh Choliye that my maid got from her farm (yes, this post was to go up last winter, but was lying in the drafts to be revived now) and with potatoes this makes an amazing gravy. 

My colleague - Ms.P, who is from Chandigarh taught me this amazing dish, and since then I make this whenever I can get my hands on these beauties.. Just like raw shelled peas, we all love to munch on these as is - it's mildly sweet and has a crunch too. 

If you are keen, more info on this wonderful legume here 

So, lets get on to making this easy peasy dish while this goes to BM 54 under "Cooking with Lentils" theme all this week :-) Also goes to MLLA #85, hosted by Jagruti , event by Susan & Lisa

Prep time : 15 mins , Cooking time : 15 mins , Serves : 3 - 4 
Vegan Side dish for Roti / Indian Flatbread / Rice. Spice level : Medium
Course : Accompaniment, Cuisine : North Indian. 

  • Hara Choliye (Fresh Green Chickpeas) - 1 cup
  • Potato- 1 large
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder -1 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1/2 TBSP
  • Jeera / Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp 

To grind:
  • Onion - 1 Large
  • Tomatoes - 2 medium
  • Poppy seeds - 1/2 tsp + 4-5 cashews (both soaked in warm water for 5-10 mins)
  • Green Chillies - 2 nos (adjust spice)
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Garlic - 1 or 2 medium pods
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no.

Garnish : Coriander leaves, lemon juice (optional)

  1. Peel potato, cube and reserve in a bowl of water. Grind all ingredients under "To grind" to a smooth paste. 
  2. In a pressure cooker, add oil, splutter jeera, add this paste and saute well till it leaves oil, about 4-5 mins. Add the potatoes, shelled fresh Choliye, 2 cups of water, salt and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  3. Let the pressure release slowly on its own. Open lid and lightly mash 1 or 2 pieces of the potato. 
  4. Now add the rest of the spices - turmeric, coriander powder, Garam Masala, red chilli, jeera powder. Add 1-2 tsp of water if its too dry. Let it simmer for 5-6 mins till the masala coats all the veggies and the legumes.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish, add the coriander and lemon juice and serve hot with rotis /Phulkas (puffed indian wholewheat bread)

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  1. Wow love seeing those fresh chhole..very nice side dish!

  2. My husband loves fresh green chana. That is a yummy dish using them. Will try when I get my hands on some choliya. Bookmarked for now.

  3. Ah these are our family favourite! Always stock them in the freezer, nice recipe with these fresh choliya.

  4. wow - never seen the chickpeas on the stalk - these look great


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