Chole Tikki


Call it a liking, obsession or craving? Or what else? Every time I make this Chole Tikki, as I finish off the last bit from my bowl, I start wishing that I could have made some more! And the following week, I make it again! ;)

I had this long time before when I was in Chennai, really loved it and then had completely lost any idea how it tastes like. About a month or two before, during our sunday-evening-tea-meet with our sweet friends-couple V & V (who stay just a floor above us), they had prepared Chole Tikki for the snack. I fell head-over-heels in love with it! (Is this love at second sight, no.. second-taste??!) Then as the tale goes, "Prince and princess lived happily ever after"... I am making this yummy delight based on the recipe given by V, at every possible chance! (V dear, I hope I did justice to your recipe!)
So here it goes!

Chole Tikki
Garbanzo bean or Chana cooked with spices and served with potato patty, yoghurt and spices
Serves 2

What we need:
For Chole Masala:
Kabuli Chana / Garbanzo beans / Konda Kadalai - 2 cups White variety
Onion, medium sized - 1, finely chopped
Tomato, medium sized - 1, finely chopped
Green chillies - 2 or 3, minced
Garlic - 1 pod, crushed
Ginger - 1 inch, finely grated
Chana Masala powder - 3 tbsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp. Optional
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - according to taste
Water - as needed
Oil - 2 tbsp.
Cumin (Jeera) - 1 tbsp.

This one is slightly different from the regular Chole I make for rotis. Please click here for the simpler version.

For potato tikkis
Potato, medium sized - 2
Cumin - 1 tsp.
Salt - to taste
Coriander - 2 tsp Optional

To Garnish:
Chat Masala - 1.5 tbsp for each serving (Everest, MDH brands taste great)
Green chutney - 1 tbsp for each serving Click here for the recipe
Yoghurt / Thick Curd - 2 tbsp for each serving
Onions - finely chopped
Coriander - finely chopped

How to do:
Preparing Chole Masala:
1. Heat oil and crackle the cumin seeds.
2. Add the onions, green chillies, ginger, garlic and salt. Saute till the onions turn soft and then add the tomatoes.
3. Stir in the chana masala powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix well.
4. When oil starts to separate, add the cooked Chana / Chole with little water (in which it was cooked) and mix well.
5. Let it boil on medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes;then sprinkle some garam masala, garnish with coriander and remove from the stove top.

Preparing potato tikki:
This tikki is not the usual Aloo Tikki we do. I like to keep this one very simple because Chole already has enough spices. And this way, it saves some time too!

Boil, peel and mash the potatoes. Add some salt, coriander, cumin and mix well. Make into small balls, pat them and shallow fry till they turn golden brown on both sides. Drain on a kitchen towel and set aside.

Serving:
In the serving bowls, arrange the potato tikki's one per bowl. Pour 2 to 3 ladles of Chole masala over them.
Spread (don't mix) Yoghurt over this.
Drop a dollop of Green chutney over this.
Sprinkle the Chat Masala, chopped onion, chopped coriander and serve. Mix well as you relish it!

V's tip: Sprinkle some broken potato chips or broken puri or sev to add some crunchiness!
Sending this to "My Legume Love Affair #22" started by Susan and hosted this month @ Ruchika Cooks


T&T Paruppu Thogaiyal from Anupama's blog:

I love all type of thogaiyals. That's why when my dear friend Anupama posted this simple and delicious Paruppu Thogaiyal, I bookmarked it. Believe me, I have already made it 3 times! It is unbelievably simple, yet uncomprisingly tasty! As she has suggested, it tasted heaven with Garlic rasam (the recipe will come soon!) Thanks Anu dear, I really enjoyed it!

PS: I have been trying many recipes from each of your blogs, and relishing every bit of it. I'll start posting each one of them along with my posts from now on (and of course, link it back to you!) Thanks buddies, for spreading the love for good food! :)

See you all soon! Till then, Happy Cooking, Happy Eating and Happy Blogging!

40 comments:

Swarna said...

wonderful snack and I always love to have it any time of the day...

cookeaze said...

I love your creativity. Looks like this dish will be dinner sometime soon!

SE(Denufood) said...

loved the chole snack..perfect and healthy!

Parita said...

One of my fav chaats :-)

s said...

mouthwatering pic...

prasu said...

lovely clicks..........chole tikki looks tempting dear......

Gulmohar said...

one of my fav..This is making me nostalgic..used to have this from the chat shops in Hyderabad ;-)

Sanjana said...

I've been getting really bad cravings for chole the last few weeks... This looks like the dish that will cure me!

Priya said...

Can have anything with channas..tempting chole tikki..delicious paruppu thovaiyal too..

Vrinda said...

Mouthwatering Chaat...i had this chaat last week from desi store..yummmm

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That surely is delicious, would love to grab that bowl.

kothiyavunu said...

Delicious and healthy recipe!loved the chole snack dear!!!

chakhlere said...

I also love chole tikki very much. Send it right here. Yummy!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Like paruppu thuvaiyal...like this version better...looks too good.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

m too, me too in the list of love for chole tikki.I used to frequently visit a restaurant in luz corner about 10-12 years back and eat only this dish every time I go there.. the pic looks super delicious

Rekha shoban said...

Looks creamy and nice click

Kanchan said...

Wow ! Nice Clicks :)
thanks for reminding I've been post phoning posting about one of the similar mumbai street food .. will post soon :)

Loved your TnT section !
Looking forward to read about it. It would list some nice blogs which you love and which we might not be knowing about :) so thanks :D

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely click rohini,chole tikki chaat looks very delicious and i just loved it...

jeyashrisuresh said...

Wonderful snack.My daughter will love this.will surely give a try soon.

lata raja said...

Join the club! I am so fond of chole tikkis that whenever I visited a fav eatery in Bahrain this was my first order!
Thank you for a nice recipe, a must try. Say THANK YOU to V from me too.

Sree vidya said...

That's my fav chaat too.
I generally make it for tea-time guests.
I love ragda patties too.
How abt you?
That's really a nice gesture to post tried & tasted recipes.
Keep it going, dear.

Sree vidya said...

nice click, BTW.
Forgot to mention in my previous comment :)

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Lovely clicks..Chole thikki is my fav snack..looks so yummy..

Tina said...

Lovely and perfect snackkkkkk.

sowmya.s said...

Am really craving for that chole tikki ..now have to make it soon..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Hey,looks nice,I love chole,but have never maade coz no one likes this in my home :(

Gud to see T&T section!!

Jaya said...

Rohini,
thank you for visiting my blog ..
liked the way you served chole masala with aloo tikki ..it reminds me of a Delhi chaat we used to have back home ..thank you & your friend for sharing :)...
hugs and smiles

Latha said...

Looks delicious.....my version coming soon :).

vineetha said...

Would love to have this in this chilly weather with a hot cup of tea

Sarah Naveen said...

nice clicks..Yummy and healthy...

Akal's Saappadu said...

I love chole tikis too, delicious snack!! the paruppu thuvayal looks yummy too, MMmmm, I love it with idlis too :)

Anupama said...

Simply wow Ro! I'm going to try both the simpler version of the chole and the chole tikki soon... bookmarked! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe dear :-).

I'm glad that you liked the paruppu thogayal :-)

Yasmeen said...

I can never get enough of chaat either :D

அன்புடன்-மணிகண்டன் said...

பருப்புத் துவையல், ரசம் காம்பினேஷனை அடிச்சிக்க ஆளே இல்ல...
:)

Priya said...

All luks yummy..unga blog super ah erukku

Cool Lassi(e) said...

hey,
chole is my favorite legume. I love it in any form. Looks great rohini.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Anytime game for chat. We call it Ragda pattice.. Nice click... You are rocking gal!

my kitchen said...

Delicious chole,paruppu thogaiyal romba nalla erruku

sangeeta said...

nice blog n all great recipes !!!

Usha said...

This is one of my favorites, looks perfect and tempting ! The parappu thogayal looks pretty yum too...