This recipe is for the keeps. My mother’s chole ( chickpeas ) were very popular in our family and social circle. I have heard many people ask her if she uses teal leaves etc to get the dark colour. Her answer used to be ” NO” and that would surprise everyone. I always use her recipe and never have used anything to add colour. All the ingredients used in the recipe are for flavouring and colour is an an outcome.
I prefer to make Chole , if we have guests who prefer vegetarian food. If you get the ratios right Chole is not a very difficult dish to make.
Chole goes best with Bhature , but you can also serve it with Kulcha, Paratha or Pooris. Chole Bhature is a meal in itself, but sliced onions or green salad , green chillies, pickle are a bonus.