Monday, August 10, 2009

Punjabi Chole in Microwave and Awards

Everybody knows and loves this dish. No introduction is needed for this spicy, tangy Punjabi dish that is so irresistible. I cooked this dish entirely in the microwave cooking mode. I was apprehensive about the cooking of the pulses, but they simply cooked well and soft. The resultant taste was as delectable as ever.
I use a microwave oven that has maximum output of 1000 watts. So if I say 100% power it is on high with 1000watts output and I have timed for that power. Please decide the time taken depending on your machine’s output. I have been specific about the power in percentage rather than writing high, medium and so on. Thus, you can apply accordingly with specifications of your own machine.

1 cup Chick peas ( soaked overnight)
3 cups water
2 - 3 teaspoons rock salt
1 tablespoon oil
2 onions sliced
2 tomatoes chopped
A lime size ball of tamarind (soak and extract a thick pulp)
2 teaspoon ginger paste
2 green chillies (ground to a paste)
½ tablespoon powdered jaggery
1 tablespoon channa masala
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 small onion sliced very thin
2” piece ginger cut in thin strips
Coriander leaves for garnish
Wash the soaked channa. Take it in a deep, broad microproof utensil. Add 3 cups water and cook covered in 100% power for 12 minutes.
Let it stand for another 5 minutes. Drain some of the water. Reserve this water for any further grinding purposes. Add salt and return to microwave. Cook covered for 5 minutes on 60% power.
In another bowl, place chopped onions and tomatoes. Cook covered on 100% power for 3 minutes. Allow to stand a further 2 minutes. Remove, cool and blend to a paste in a mixie.
Take 2 tablespoons of cooked channa. Blend in a mixie to a smooth paste adding some of the reserved water.
Combine all the pastes, tamarind extract, turmeric powder, jaggery, garam masala powder, channa masala powder to the cooked channa. Add some more water if required.
Place the pan in the microwave and cook open for 3 minutes on 100% power until the masala thickens.
In a flat dish combine oil, onion slices and ginger strips. Place in the microwave and cook without cover on for 3 minutes on 80% power.
Add these and coriander leaves as garnish.
Serve hot with rotis, chappatis, naan etc.

I served them with Usha’s Herb chappatis.

I am forwarding this to
Microwave Potluck Party event initiated first and being hosted currently by Srivalli,
And to
State Special event being hosted by Shanthi Krishnakumar

Next, on a gleeful note I would thank Jayasri and Chaitra who have been sweetly generous to pass me the Kreativ Blogger, One Lovely Blog and I love your blog awards.

Thank you both for the same. Words are inadequate to express my thanks. I have already done the tag and meme. So, I would be happy to share these awards with all of you.


  1. Chole in MW!!Yumm and congrats on u'r award

  2. It looks awesome. wish i could have them right away :)

  3. Congrats for the well deserved Award Lata!!! the microwave chole and herb chapati looks very delicious...

  4. Wow. this is awesome. Yummy.. I always wanted to use my microwave effectively and this one is sure gonna help me.

  5. Looks exactly the same lata..! Yummy! Try participating in my FIL-Milk event dear!:)

  6. congrats....nice recipe for the event

  7. yummy healthy my fav chole...congrats on your awards dear

  8. congrats on your award, and chole , chapati are lovely too..., never done anything in microwave!!

  9. congrats..microwave version is useful...

  10. Chole in micro sounds interesting, congratulations on your awards!

  11. First time to this delicious blog....chole in microwave sounds interesting and herbchapati seems to be appetizing too

  12. Greatt recipe and chhole looks mouth-drooling!!

  13. interesting chole in microwave great tri look so delicious nice presentation and congrats on your award.

  14. I have never tried chole in the microwave, looks absolutely inviting. Congrats on all your well deserved awards !

  15. It's great to see the microwave method for Chole...the pic looks fab.


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