Chana aloo or Chole aloo is rustic and delicious Punjabi dish which is made with kabuli chana (chickpeas) and aloo (Potato). Chole Aloo curry looks almost like Amritsari chole but taste wise it is different as I use a different mix of spices in Aloo chole. Infused with aromatic and rich Indian spices, and big on flavors Aloo chole is must try curry.
Though chole aloo or chana aloo curry is easy to make in terms of actual cooking time, involved but it really requires pre-planning, because you need to soak chickpeas for making curry at least 6-7 hours or overnight. Or if you are a slow cooker fan, you need 9-10 hrs for it. I sometimes make it in my slow cooker, but mostly during winters. This slow cooker Chana masala recipe is one of the most popular recipes from my website.
Speaking of the slow cooker, I don’t have those fancy ones which are popular these days, but this old crockpot which a friend got me from the US when slow cooker in India wasn’t heard of much. Though I have got a new one recently which has more controls but haven’t really started using it because I feel sometimes you are struck with comfort of old and familiar so until the time I decide to stay with comfort of old one I would continue using this one 🙂
I am a sucker for old in certain ways, old family traditions, some of the age-old kitchen practices that my Mom and grandmothers used to follow, making my own spice powders, ghee or slow cooking at certain times of the year, using pure and organic ingredients, I love it all.
Now, when I am talking about organic Ingredients, many of you who have followed this blog from starting know I used to have a huge kitchen garden which was enough to supply me all the veggies for our own use. That was when my husband was serving in Airforce and He was posted in remote stations we had huge backyards for kitchen gardens. But now after settling down in Delhi I only can afford a small herb garden. I still miss the fresh and organic produce that we used to have.
But Thank God for the organic groceries, and 24 Mantra organic covers me on that front. I have been a loyal customer of 24 Mantra Organic for the past 3 years and now a collaborator as a part of the Organic Mantras Initiative. How awesome is that? when you are working with a brand who is completely in sync with your own thoughts and beliefs. And now together we are making recipes for an organic life. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram and support this organic Movement.
Easily available with all main online grocery deliveries, has a great network of stores, the switch to organic food is much easier than before. For this recipe, I have used 24 Mantra Organic Kabuli Chana as the main Ingredient, spices from 24 Mantra Organic for perfect organic seasoning and most importantly the organic peanut oil for cooking. Before 24 organic Mantra peanut oil, Oil was always my main concern as most of the oils available in the market are not organic. So, now with the easy availability of organic oils from 24 Mantra organic, that concern is also put to rest, and I can say my organic recipes are completely organic.
Chickpeas are great source of heathy proteins for vegetarians and vegans, as well as versatile in cooking different types of delicious dishes. If you love chickpeas and want to use it in variety of ways I have a good variety of Chickpeas Recipes. And there are many evergreen chickpeas curries, which you can try, Multani Chole, Amritsari chole, Kala Chana curry other than Kala chana pulao which is One dish meal.
If you have seen my recent posts, you already know about my #MTCchaiNashta series from My Breakfast Table where I am sharing traditional Indian recipes which feature two main components my favourite of Indian meals sham ka chai nashta (evening tea and snacks) and Subah ka Nashta (Breakfast). So this chana Aloo/Chole Aloo is from Subah ka Nashta (Morning breakfast).
For making Chole Aloo, Chole or chickpeas are cooked with simple but aromatic spices in onion and tomato gravy and scooped up with either Poori or Paratha if you are feeling indulgent or whole wheat baked Kulcha if you want to eat with lesser guilt :). It all depends on your mood, this recipe of chole aloo is made in pressure cooker.
But if you want to go with slow cooker recipe you can cook it as mentioned in that recipe but with ingredients from this recipe. This recipe of Chole Aloo is inspired from Caribbean Chana Aloo Curry but spice profile is slightly different and in that version tomatoes are not used.
So go ahead and enjoy this healthy feast of Aloo chole with bread or rice of your choice and don’t forget to give me your feedback on how the dish turned out and also how are you liking our Organic Mantra initiative.
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