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Chickpeas with Fenugreek (Methi Chole)

chole methi
Fenugreek(methi) leaves were one of the greens that I hated growing up. Whenever aayi prepared something with them, which was very rare because they were not very easily available in our small village,  I would run away or find a reason not to eat it.

Now I can say it has become one of my favorite greens. This is the same with most of the vegetables that I hated as a child. I love the aroma of cooked methi. The slight bitter taste of these greens don’t bother me anymore. I usually make methi dal or methi paratha or methi-potato paratha or this chole methi with these greens. I think the aromatic greens brightens up the otherwise humble chole which is another favorite of mine. I serve it with chapatis for a delicious weeknight dinner.

Ingredients:
2 cups soaked chickpeas
1/2 cup onions
1 tea spn ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup tomatoes
2 cups chopped fenugreek(methi) leaves
1 tea spn garam masala
1/2 tea spn coriander powder
1/2 tea spn cumin powder
1 tea spn chilli powder
A pinch turmeric
Oil
Salt

Method:
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Heat oil and add ginger garlic paste, onion and fry till translucent.
Then add tomatoes, salt and fry till they are mushy.
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Add all the masalas – garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric. Mix well.
Now add fenugreek leaves, chickpeas, about 1/2 cup water.
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Pressure cook till done (about 3 whistles).
Serve hot with chapatis.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 25mins

PS: Increase the quantity of onions and tomatoes if you need more gravy.
- Canned chickpeas can be used in place of soaking them at home. Rinse them in clean water before using. I don’t prefer using any canned products, so I soak the chickpeas overnight. One whistle in cooker is usually enough if using canned ones.

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{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Farin Ahmed March 29, 2014, 7:54 pm

    Healthy chick peas!!! Nice combo with Methi leaves!!!!Love it

  • Sonal April 1, 2014, 2:42 pm

    I do make this combination and love it.

  • Reshma April 11, 2014, 3:48 am

    I think we can also add additional cream like coconut milk or cashew cream to make it more gravy?

    • Shilpa April 11, 2014, 1:09 pm

      Yes, you can add those

  • Lakshmi Raj April 13, 2014, 1:42 pm

    I have heard methi leaves are very good for health!! I wanted to do something with it and also wanted it spicy and I think this is the answer for it and I can love it spicy so I am gonna do this soon. I have got the best methi leaves from http://qusec.in/ 2 days back so will do it tomorrow itself. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Shruti Pai April 16, 2014, 9:32 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I’ve been coming to your site for some time now, and wanted to say ‘thank you’ for esp the Konkani recipes. It has really helped me a lot.
    I also have a question – I’m planning to buy a kitchenaid stand mixer, and was wondering if you had any specific recommendations. Thanks!

  • Rupa May 16, 2014, 1:27 am

    It was very nice and finger licking recipe. thanks shilpa

  • Nidhi S June 1, 2014, 2:18 pm

    The recipe was too good and I basically loved it when I prepared this last night. I have this habit of reading all the comments too to known about the views of people and here it happened that while reading the comments, I came across this http://qusec.in/ website which Miss Lakshmi had mentioned and found it to to a very reliable and trustworthy website. Thanks for Miss Lakshmi for hwlping me out.

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