Chana Masala or Pindey Choley (Punjabi Home Style)

Pindi chana or chana masala or punjabi chole is a popular dish from north of india.This dish is an integral part of punjabi cuisine.
No weekend meal is completed in punjabi households without this dish,an ideal dish for Sunday brunch, has a perfect balance of whole/powdered spices and other aromatics.It goes perfectly well with poories and bhatooras.
This chana dish is cooked in the pressure cooker because soaked chana is perfectly cooked in the cooker. After making tadka of onion, tomatoes and spices the boiled chana is again added to the masala and cooked once again so that each and every ingredient is incorporated with each other. This is a home style cooking method of cooking Punjabi chana masala which is the simplest and fuss free.
Pindi Chana Masala
A bowl of authentic taste and happiness
1- Pindi chana/ white chana  – 2 cups( soaked overnight).
2- Water for boiling – 10 cups(water after soaking chana can be used)
3- Oil – 4 tablespoons.
4- Grated or pureed onion – 1/2 cup
5- Grated oe pureed tomatoes – 1 cup
6- Ginger, garlic, green chilly paste
7- Salt, anaar dana/ dry pomegrenate powder, red chilly powder, turmeric powder,garam masala powder, coriander powder – 3 teaspoons each.
8- Whole spices like bay leaves, cloves, black pepper, small cardamom and big cardamom – 3-4 nos. each
1- Add chana, half quantity of salt , turmeric powder and water to pressure cooker and cook for 10 whistles or until chana cooks to perfection and becomes soft.When cooking is completed, transfer the chana to another vessel
2- Now, Heat oil in the same cooker and add all the whole spices untill they release their aroma .
3- Now add ginger garlic paste and sauté.
4- Add onions and stir till golden brown.
5- Add tomato paste and sauté.
6- Add all the powdered spices and cook until the masala leaves the oil.
7- Add boiled chana and pressure cook for more than 10 minutes at low flame. All the ingredients will come together
8- Open the pressure cooker and take out bay leaves.Mash chana a little with the back of ladle to bring everything together
9- Serve tasty chana masala with rice, poories or bhatooras.