I Can't Wait for Chole

Total Time
5 mins
30 mins

A nice spicy Indian chickpea recipe. I know, I know. The beans come from a can. Yeah, yeah. But I was so hungry, and I was in a hurry! Remember this little dish the next time you're short on time, too! To serve as a vegetarian main dish, increase the quantity. Reheats well, too.

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  1. In large saucepan over medium heat, heat cumin seeds, bay leaf and cinnamon until very fragrant, swirling around to prevent burning.
  2. Add ginger and garlic, cooking until the smell of those fills the air, then add onions.
  3. Saute onions, stirring frequently, and adding drops of water to prevent sticking, until they are translucent.
  4. Add the tomatoes, coriander, turmeric, salt, and cayenne.
  5. Check for seasoning, adding more as you prefer.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Add garbanzo beans (chickpeas), cover, and reduce heat.
  8. Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Stir in garam masala and lemon juice just before serving.
  10. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro if you desire.
  11. Serve with rice, or Indian breads or pitas (breads are best warmed on a hot griddle).