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Dhania Chole Masala

Dhania Chole Masala

Dhania Chole Masala recipe with fresh Coriander and Mint leaves | Learn how to make Spicy Coriander and Mint Chole Masala
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chickpea Soaking Time 6 hrs
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • Pressure Cooker to boil chickpeas
  • Kadhai or Heavy Bottomed Pan
  • Grinder
  • Ladle
  • Measuring Spoons


  • Cup Boiled Chickpeas 250 gm or 1 can (15.5 OZ)
  • Salt to taste

For Chutney Mix

  • ½ Cup Fresh Cilantro/ Coriander Leaves
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2-3 Green Chillies or use as required
  • 1" Ginger Piece
  • 1-2 tbsp Tamarind Paste/Chutney

For Spice Mix

  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1" Cinnamon Stick(small piece)
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 1-2 Small Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Anardana
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango Powder/Amchur

For Tempering

  • ½ Cup Finely chopped Onions skip for no onion garlic version
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • Red Chilli Powder as required
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • Asafeotida/Hing(optional) a pinch
  • 2 tsp Mustard Oil or any Plant based oil


Boil Chickpeas(If not using canned Chickpeas)-Indian Pressure Cooker

  • Wash dried chickpeas 2-3 times in tap water.
  • Soak in enough water for about 6-7 hrs or overnight.
  • When ready to boil, drain water form soaked chickpeas.
  • Transfer to a pressure cooker and cook for about 3-4 whistles on medium flame.
  • Once done switch off the flame and let the pressure release naturally.Check whether chickpeas are done or not.

Boil Chickpeas(If not using canned Chickpeas)-Instant Pot

  • Add soaked chickpeas and salt to inner pot. Switch on Instant Pot.
  • Set the timer to PRESSURE COOK for 20 mins.
  • Once done, let the pressure release naturally. Check whether chickpeas are done or not.
  • Boiled chickpeas should be soft enough when pressed between thumb and index finger.

Make Spice Mix

  • Dry roast whole dry spices on medium flame(optional). It enhances the aroma of spices.
  • When spices cool down, add all the spices listed under spice mix section and grind to a fine powder. You can use Coffee grinder.
  • Take out in a bowl and keep aside.

Make Chutney for Masala

  • Wash nicely coriander and mint leaves.
  • In a blender/grinder add washed leaves, half ginger piece, green chilies and tamarind paste/water.
  • Add about ¼ Cup water and grind to a smooth paste/ mix. Keep aside.

Final Preparation and Cooking

  • Heat oil in a kadhai or pan.
  • Add cumin seeds and hing/asafeotida if using.
  • Add onions and saute till light pink. Skip for no onion garlic version.
  • Add coriander powder and roast for a few seconds.
  • Add freshly ground masala mix or chana masala if using, red chilli powder. I skipped red chilli powder as I have added 2-3 green chilies.
  • Add boiled chole/chickpeas. If using canned chickpeas drain the liquid before adding.
  • Mix and now add freshly made chutney, mix well.
  • I like to keep curry of thick consistency on the drier side, you can add more water. But do not make it of very thin consistency.
  • Adjust salt.
  • Cover and Cook for few mins. till the curry gets on the thicker side and chickpeas absorb the spices and flavors.
  • Switch off the gas after 5 mins and keep the curry covered for atleast 10-15 mins before serving.
  • Serve hot with poori/kulcha/chapati, You can garnish more coriander leaves.



Use store bought Chana Masala/Chole Masala if you do not want to make fresh masala mix.
Add green chutney instead of fresh coriander and mint paste if you do not have fresh mint and coriander leaves.
Substitute Lemon juice with Tamarind Chutney/paste of you do not have it.
Keyword Dhania Chole Masala, Recipes with Chickpeas
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