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Amritsari Choley | अमृतसरी छोले | Chef Ranveer Brar


There’s one such dish in which Punjabis have done Monopoly! Actually there are many dishes. But, this is one dish which is definite Punjabi Monopoly. Yeah! And that is, Chole. That means, Punjabi Chole, Amritsari Chole, Pindi Chole Which ever it is, the Monopoly is of Punjabis. Rolling.. And.. Action! Chana (chickpeas) is the life of Punjabis Right? But, Like many other things, the sad truth is that even chana (chickpeas) is not Indian. Yeah? Because, Originally it is said, in Mesopotamia or somewhere in the Arabian dessert was where chana (chickpeas) originally originated. Even today, 7500 years old remains of chickpeas are found in Middle East not in India. But, chickpeas came to India in such a way that today 64% production of the chickpeas in the world is done in India. 64% of the world chickpeas are produced in India which is 7.1 million tonne. The rest of the world, does only 36% production of chickpeas. So for something that is not ours, and yet we have owned chickpeas are brilliant example. You know, we used to wait as kids every Sunday. Today is Sunday, either there will be Rajma Chawal (Kidney bean curry and rice) or Chole Chawal (Chickpea and rice) This combination is always divine for every Punjabi, specially on a Sunday. But, the whole definition of chole, it changes when you go to Amritsar. Because the Amritsari Chole are class apart. When the Kulcha (Indian Bread) is served with Amritsari Chole.. Come on, let’s make Amritsari Chole. Like how they would do it in Amritsar. Atleast, the recipe that I have learnt in Amritsar. I’ll make that. And it works everytime. First, we’ll take these soaked chickpeas. Atleast soaked overnight. So these overnight soaked chickpeas need to be boiled. While boiling, we’ll add water. After adding water i’ll make a potli (small spice pouch) The most under rated ingredient in any food is, water. We forget the fact that the flavour of the water impacts the flavour of the food alot And it’s not just food But, whether you’re making Whiskey, Wine Anything that you’re making in that primary quantity is of water. And if there’s no flavour in your water then the food will not have flavour. The people in Amritsar, understood this thing early in time. Which is why, even today they say that the Chole made in Amritsari water are only Amritsari Chole. And, for me that is something to remember. I recently met a very old person, who has a Biryani shop. So when they open a new shop, they go and drink water over there first. If they like the water, only then the open the shop there. They say if there’s no taste in water then there won’t be taste in food. Till then, I’ll do the preparation for the Gravy. Okay? Very nice! From the aroma I feel that the chickpeas are ready. Already cooked well. Now let’s remove this. This needs to be kept in its water only. The water will also be used and most importantly if we keep the chickpeas out they become hard. Then you don’t get the creamy effect in the gravy. So let’s begin making the Masala. (Indian Spice mix) One minute, yeah.. this let me turn this machine on. Ginger, Garlic, let’s smash this. Smash it just coarse, not too fine. Now after this, ghee, and for the sharpness, little mustard oil. Amazing! Just wait for it to smoke. And after that, this ginger garlic, onion, this needs to be sauteed well, yeah. If the onion tomato masala doesn’t turn out good then the Punjabi food cannot be made good. I always add a little bit of turmeric, yeah. Just for the name sake. Why? The shine that comes in the color due to the yellow, because of that. Very little, yeah. Taste of turmeric shouldn’t come. Lots of coriander powder, Red chilli powder. Now the spices and onions magic should be created together. Nice! Little water, very little water. The onions have turned soft. Lets lower the flame, now do one thing, wait. Nice! You can see the color is now changing, first it was white, from white it turned red now it’s becoming reddish brown. Right? Spices for aroma also, slight amount of caraway seeds. So in the spices for aroma, both types of cardamom, some cloves, some cinnamon, caraway seeds. Very little nutmeg. That’s my recipe. Now some chickpea water. Never throw away the water from chickpeas. Lovely! Now, look at this. The look has changed completely. Yeah, now see the oil has come up. Now it’s time to add the chickpeas. Wow, look at it. So, slit green chilli, yeah! Here it goes! The combination of chickpeas and pomegranate seeds is very peculiar. And this chickpea and pomegranate seed combination establishes the fact that, we learnt how to make chickpeas along the silk road. Because, pomegranate and chickpeas, are both used alot in Middle East. Even today. Fresh pomegranate, chickpeas is used alot. And this combination of pomegranate and chickpeas came to us sowly from the silk road. And in the North West frontier we caught hold of this combination, froze it in Pakistan and made it ours in Amritsar. So pomegranate seeds for the sourness. And pomegranate seeds need to be added now, If you add it later, you won’t enjoy the taste as much. The moment it starts to boil add pomegranate seeds. Now we have to let this simmer. Now the mothers trick to mash these So alot of people, just keep going at it. So because of that all the chickpeas end up breaking. We don’t have to break all the chickpeas. Just at the bottom, slightly chickpeas need to be mashed a little. Not from up to down, just the bottom you have to mash the chickpeas approximately, 1/3 Now see, you can see both in this whole chickpeas and mashed chickpeas You don’t have to cook “Khichdi” (lentil and rice preparation). You have to cook “Chole” (chickpeas) Okay? That’s it. Promise, you’ve to wait for only 5 minutes. Even I’m not able to, but we’ll have to wait for 5 minutes. And Done! On top of this, some ginger julienne onions and my favourite ingredient coriander, ofcourse! And here we go! Again the trick is very simple. Keep it Punjabi. There shouldn’t be lack of coriander. Don’t forget to add pomegranate seeds. Most importantly, cook the onions with the spices well. That’s it. That’s all it takes to cook a good Amritsari Chole. Now enjoy!

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100 thoughts on “Amritsari Choley | अमृतसरी छोले | Chef Ranveer Brar

  1. Just one thing bhaiyya…..aapka karhai bohot jaldi masala ko pakad letaa hai….accha non-stick se replace kar dijiye….

  2. Hi. Tried the recipe this evening for supper. The family loved it….thank u….until the next vlog….lots of love

  3. Paaji your recipe is fantastic and 80% like my mom makes. But I still feel her recipe is slightly better…I invite you to try and find out for yourself!

  4. Sir, I absolutely love to watch your videos. Ofcourse, for the best recipes but also you cook with such passion. It’s wonderful to experience it through you..:)
    Warm wishes.

  5. I tried boiling it with whole garlic ginger tomato salt and haldi witg pinch of soda..tasted equally good as one w/o anardana .only bit of jeers powder lal mirchpowder and garam masala along with kasuri methi when you are spicing it up

  6. Sir …please mentioned the induction temperature also .because that also plays an important role …. I sometime missed due to temperature.

  7. Sir the background music is very distracting. Please use calmer music so the focus remains on your voice throughout the video.

  8. The best part close to my heart is fresh dhaniya in your your cooking . Mera vass challe te mein pudding utte wi dhaniya sajawan . Crazy ? Yessss 👌🏽👍🏽

  9. Superb recipe and presentation Ranveer. I am from Jalandhar; love to cook Rajma, Chole and Dal Makhni (appreciated by countless friends). Few edits here: –

    1. Use imli sauce or imli water if anardaana is not available.

    2. Use combination of chopped tomato and tetra packed tomato puree available in market. Tomato puree gives more color and body to the gravy.

    3. Especially while making chhole, I rely on branded chhole masala powder available in the market which has got right proportion of anardaana, amchur, black salt, fennel powders. This makes it easier for all who don’t have to rely on exact proportions of cumin, coriander and other masalas.

    4. A little sprinkling of garam masala is required when the chhole is almost cooked.

    5. You missed freshly chopped coriander in the end.

    Thanks!

  10. Very nice recipe. My kids favourite dish. Chole Chawal. I usually prepare like this only. Tq for sharing the recipe Ranveer.

  11. Ranveer tussi great ho..😍😍.i just love your recipe. Kaise Karte ho aap har baar..but i missed you saying "Ranveer aapne nahi bataya".

  12. Thank you chef for chhole recipe, punjabi chhole … I demanded, I will definitely try ,though would make without onion n garlic as we don't them.

  13. Maine hamesha dekha jo banata wahi apni tariff karta aaha wow par public ko nhi Pata sahi banaa ki galt khud se tariff Mai bhi banata hu par jab tak koi nhi kehta tab tak mujhe nhi lagta ki main acha banaya

  14. blob:https://www.youtube.com/0867fb5f-8123-4a79-ad46-d6bff3f790ff

    Please Do Some Video Like This With Your Commentary
    Will Be Overwhelmed If You Kindly Do The Honour

  15. Hi.. why don't you mention the recipe in the description box.. your website also does not have this one… 🙁

  16. i m also punjabi n know how to kook CHOLE (amritsari )…….but ur presentation was toooooooooo good….brother….

  17. Just Stop making it look like the easiest thing to do!! Even dicing onion is hard, forget abt cooking!! Cooking is beautiful but only when someone else is doing it 😂

  18. Spicyyy lovely recipe .. love u bhaiya😍😍😍😍😍😍😍but u missed the line..""aur app bolenge ranveer ne bataya nhi."..😄😍😍😍😍😍😍

  19. Chef these are not pomegranate seeds
    In fact in jammu whaere im from there is a tree of DRUNNI from where the flowers carrying ANARDANA are collected which are sour but the pomegranate seeds are sweet

  20. PLEASE give us some protein enriched food recipies too for diet…….infact start a line of such videos……focusing on healthy dishes

  21. Hi Ranveer! Could you pls show a mutton recipe as I got only one among your recipes….would be grateful if you add more of ghosht preps

  22. Acha me sochti thi white channa ko kabuli channa bhi bolte hai shayad isliye kiuki vo kubal Afghanistan see aye hai 😂😂😂😂

  23. Chef apne jo potli banaii cheekpeas ko ubalne ke time usme Kya ap chai(tea) Patti dali thi with other ingredients….if so then why ?

  24. Sir I am studying in Poland and I was 18 when I came to Poland and I was not able to cook food but through your YouTube videos I learned a lot , really a lot like your style your bonding with food is really amazing , you make my cooking pattern easy and delicious , when you are explaining the history of food your way to explain is Soo much exiting please share some veggies easy and fast cook dishes please
    Once again thank you so much for your dedication , I love your smile keep smiling sir

  25. There's kind of minimilastic behaviour in your cooking from your earthenware to those historical knowledge behind every recipes amazes me each and every time…….I love cooking and you are kind of guru or ideal for me thanks 💓

  26. Ranveer bro. You always told us mostly food item are not originated here in India. I have little doubt in this. We have aniecnt history from veds purans rishi munis then Rama yug Mahabharata time then kalyuga long Indians king dynasty. Before mugal era. Might be we don't have any written documents or any proper records for the same. Hindustan is ruled by manys. Might me they have stolen from here only and distroyed our records
    Our aniecnt people kuch to khate hoge

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