Hindu sacred days¸ Pitra Paksha are going on. Those who observe these days don’t take onion and garlic in their food in this period. But when you have guests at your home and you are obliged to serve something good, you just can’t give up on the basic flavors of onion and garlic.
Actually, you can. You can make tasty Chole without onion and garlic. Here’s how.
• White chole: 1 cup (Already soaked for 8-10 hours)
• Tomatoes: 2
• Green Chilies (finely chopped): 2-3
• Green Coriander leaves (finely chopped): ½ bowl
• Cumin: 1 tablespoon
• Oil: 1 tablespoon
• Chole Masala: 1 spoon
• Tea leaves: 1 teaspoon
• Amchoor: 1 teaspoon
• Ginger: a small piece
• Tamarind paste: ½ teaspoon
• Asafetida: a pinch
• Salt: according to taste.
• Wash the soaked chole and boil them in a pressure cooker.
• Take a vessel and boil 2 cups of water with tea leaves in it. Boil till the water becomes wholly black.
• Filter the boiled water and keep it aside.
• Wash tomatoes, and grind them in mixer. Make the puree.
• Take a deep frying pan, heat oil in it and add cumin, asafetida, and green chilies in it.
• Add tomato puree and salt. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
• When cooked properly, add the boiled chole in it and stir thoroughly.
• Add chole masala, amchoor, and tamarind paste, and stir properly.
• Add the filtered tea water. Add some more water if the need be.
• After cooking for some time, add green coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rice and tortillas.