How to make Aloo Chole (Halwai style) | Aloo Chole Recipe | Chole Masala

According to Wikipedia

I am not asking Wiki. He will be furious over me and say… Vini, again… Chole.

According to Vinipedia

Yes, another chole recipe!
Of all the chole recipes on the blog… these had the most gorgeous colour. A perfect blend of flavours with whole spices, pomegranate seeds, garlic, ginger etc….


Let’s talk about Aloo Chole Recipe

After posting pindi chole, chana masala restaurant style and chana masala without onion garlic… I had decided to break up with posting the chole recipes. Posting not cooking and eating. Being a Punjabi I should be a Rajma person instead I am a Chole person.  That’s why so many chole recipes. Yes… there are more to come.

So… after posting all those recipes I had decided not to post another one for a couple of months at least.
But then my brother’s wedding took place and there I had thought of checking the caterer for the halwai tricks but obviously did not get time for it, so I checked the internet for some halwai like recipes… recipes of dishes we eat at weddings. This one I found here.

The Beauty Aloo Chole

The flavours. It’s very flavourful. It reminds me of the chole we eat at weddings… (shaadiyo me).

And the Beast (the difficult part about this recipe)
Aloo chole in Halwai Style is about
flavours and their balance. Any one flavour overdone or underdone, ruins the dish.

Experience and experience (tips and tricks)
Coat the chole with ghee before soaking

Brown the onions well
Add ginger garlic towards the end of recipe

Lets just talk

My chole/chana posts always have the zikr (mention) {Hindi for the feel} of chole making competition between my brother and me. The results are not relevant.

Competitions can give so much happiness, it’s hard to believe. Every time I think about that afternoon when we both were making chole I remember the tiny fights. He would peep into my work and I would hide his ingredients. When we served it to everyone without telling who has made which one… we tried giving hints.
After everyone’s votes, the winner “my brother” behaved as if he has won some university election. I know I could have said some president elections but presidents don’t behave crazy.
I had lost still every time when I think about that day I get a smile on my face. Earlier I had mentioned that the results are not relevant… there I had mentioned because I had lost. But seriously at times results don’t matter… the participation does… the moments do.

Aloo Chole (Halwai style)

A flavoursome recipe

Course                       Mian Course
Cuisine                      Indian
Prep Time                15 Minutes + 8-10 hours of soaking time
Cook Time                30 Minutes
Servings                    4 Persons


  • 1 cup chickpeas (kabuli chana) 
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1-2 dried Indian gooseberry (sookha aawla)
  • 1 tbsp dried tea leaves (chai patti) /1 teabag
  • 1 potato peeled
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 2 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 3 cloves (laung)
  • 6 black pepper corns (sabut kali mirchi)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (dalchini)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes pureed
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp grated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp chana masala
  • 1-2 tsp pomegranate powder (anaardana powder) as per taste
  • Handful of chopped coriander leaves


  1. Wash 1 cup chickpeas. Add 1 tsp ghee.AALU CHOLE (1)
  2. Rub the ghee on chickpeas. This shall ensure that the skin of chickpeas remains intact.AALU CHOLE (2)
  3. Add enough water.AALU CHOLE (3)
  4. Soak chickpeas for 8-10 hours.AALU CHOLE (4)
  5. After 8-10 hours, discard the water. Add chickpeas to a pressure cooker.AALU CHOLE (5)
  6. In muslin cloth, tie 1-2 dried Indian gooseberry (sookha aawla).AALU CHOLE (6)
  7. Add this to the chickpeas.AALU CHOLE (7)
  8. Add 1 tea bag.AALU CHOLE (8)
  9. Add salt to taste.AALU CHOLE (9)
  10. Add 2 cups of water.AALU CHOLE (10)
  11. Add 1 peeled potato.AALU CHOLE (11)
  12. Add 1 black cardamom and 1 cinnamon stick.AALU CHOLE (12)
  13. Pressure cook chickpeas for 10 minutes/8-10 whistles, till they become soft.AALU CHOLE (13)
  14. The skin will remain intact.AALU CHOLE (14)
  15. Take out the potato.AALU CHOLE (15)
  16. Crush it slightly.AALU CHOLE (16)
  17. Dry roast 1 tsp cumin seeds.AALU CHOLE (17)
  18. Dry roast 1 tbsp fenugreek leaves.AALU CHOLE (18)
  19. Crush them and keep aside.AALU CHOLE (19)
  20. Heat 2 tbsp oil.AALU CHOLE (20)
  21. Slightly crush the remaining whole spices i.e. 1 black cardamom, 2 green cardamoms, 3 cloves, 6 black peppercorns and 1 stick of cinnamon.AALU CHOLE (21)
  22. Add the crushed whole spices to the oil. Cook till aromatic.AALU CHOLE (22)
  23. Add 1 bay leaf. Add 1/2 cup chopped onions.AALU CHOLE (23)
  24. Cook until nice brown.AALU CHOLE (24)
  25. Add 1/2 cup pureed tomatoes.AALU CHOLE (25)
  26. Cook till oil oozes.AALU CHOLE (26)
  27. Add a pinch of turmeric powder.AALU CHOLE (27)
  28. Add 1/2 tsp red chili powder.AALU CHOLE (28)
  29. Add 2 tsp coriander powder. Cook the powdered spices for 1 minute.AALU CHOLE (29)
  30. Add 1/2 tsp grated ginger.AALU CHOLE (30)
  31. Add 1/2 tsp grated garlic. Cook for 1 minute or till the raw smell goes.AALU CHOLE (31)
  32. Add the crushed potato.AALU CHOLE (32)
  33. Add the boiled chickpeas.AALU CHOLE (33)
  34. Add 1 tsp pomegranate powder.AALU CHOLE (34)
  35. Add the dry roasted and crushed cumin seeds and fenugreek leaves.AALU CHOLE (35)
  36. Add salt to taste. (Remember we have added salt to the chickpeas while boiling them).AALU CHOLE (36)
  37. Add 1/2 tbsp chana masala powder. Cook everything well for 5-7 minutes.AALU CHOLE (37)
  38. Mash some boiled chickpeas and add.AALU CHOLE (38)
  39. Add water as required.AALU CHOLE (39)
  40. Simmer till the oil surfaces.AALU CHOLE (40)
  41. Garnish with a handful of chopped coriander.AALU CHOLE (41)
  42. Bon appétit.AALU CHOLE (42)


Make aalu chole (halwai style) in the non-wedding season and enjoy the halwai style flavours.

I made aalu chole with masala poori, pudina raita, shahi paneer and mewe ki kheer.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

Watch Video – Diwali special “AALU CHOLE (Halwai style)”-The rich and elegant chole

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