What’s Cooking Wednesday and Bookmarked Recipes #49 – Khatte Chole / Sour Chickpeas

by Valerie on April 8, 2009 · 9 comments

Welcome back to What’s Cooking Wednesday – be sure to check out WCW’s home over at Shan’s blog.

When I was planning to participate in Foodalogue’s virtual tour around the world – a journey of eating food from various countries but also to raise awareness for Bloggeraid, I was actually quite ambitious and wanted to submit several recipes – but in the end just submitted one because, well, life got in the way. So I have a whole store of various Indian recipes to share with you over the next few weeks. Today’s comes from the same 1983 edition of Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cooking book that held my Foodalogue submission. The updated version of Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbook on Amazon is very similar to the one I own and I recommend the book highly.

This is also going to be my submission for this week’s Bookmarked Recipes since I had so much fun participating last week. The host this week is Laurie from Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska. I actually literally had this recipe bookmarked for a long time in Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cooking – I love chickpeas in many forms and this version is excellent. It’s sour and tangy and just yummy. The only change I made was cut back the oil to 2 tablespoons.

If you do want to join Bookmarked Recipes this week, here is all the info:

To take part here’s what you do…….

1. Pick a recipe from a book/magazine/blog/website/tv show and make it. (Note you can only submit 1 recipe per week)

2. Blog about it- include where you got the recipe in your blog post (including a link to their website if possible)- include a link to this post or this blog in your blog post- include the logo (see left) for Bookmarked Recipes in your blog post- include a photo of your recreation on your blog post. Email bookmarkedrecipes[AT]gmail[DOT]com, mentioning Bookmarked Recipes #49, with the following information:

– Your name

– The name of your blog

– The URL for your blog

– The permalink for your entry

– A photo of your entry

– A note of where you got your recipe from

The roundup comes out every Monday.

Khatte Chole / Sour Chickpeas
Bookmarked from
Madhur Jaffrey, Indian Cooking

2 1/4 cups chickpeas
7 1.2 cups water
3 onions, chopped
2.5 tsp salt
1 green chili, chopped
1 TBS ginger, grated
4 TBS lemon juice
6 TBS oil
2 tomatoes, skinned
1 TBS coriander
1 TBS cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp cayenne

Put the chickpeas and their soaking liquid into a large pot and bring to a boil.
Cover, lower heat and simmer gently for an hour and a half or until chickpeas are tender. Strain and save the cooking liquid. Put 2 tbsp of the chopped onions, ½ tsp salt, green chili, ginger and lemon juice into a tea cup, mix and set aside. Heat the oil in a heavy, wide, casserole-type pot over a medium-high flame. When hot, put in the remaining chopped onions. Stir and fry for 8–10 minutes or until the onion bits develop reddish-brown spots. Add the tomatoes. Continue to stir and fry another 5–6 minutes, mashing the tomato pieces with back of a slotted spoon. Put in the coriander, cumin and turmeric. Stir and cook for another 30 seconds. Now put in the drained chickpeas, 1¾ cups of their cooking liquid, 2 teaspoons of salt, the garam masala and cayenne. Stir to mix and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn heat to low, and cook very gently for 20 minutes. Stir a few times during this period. Add the mixture in the tea cup. Stir again to mix. Serve hot or lukewarm.

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1 StickyGooeyCreamyChewy April 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm

What a great dish! It looks really delicious. Chickpeas are so versatile. They go with almost everything!


2 The Curator April 8, 2009 at 2:31 pm

That sounds delish! Another good recipe for me to try over the weekend. 😀


3 Chantal April 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Hmmm this looks yummy! I will have to give it a try :)


4 A Crafty Mom April 9, 2009 at 12:00 am

I totally have this book!!! We LOVE it and have never tried this recipe. It looks fantastic.


5 Ivy April 9, 2009 at 4:50 am

I know what you mean and I had planned to participate at some events and never made it there. The Indian recipe sounds great and I shall make it this week. It will make a nice lenten meal for me.


6 Shan April 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Thanks for the recipe! It looks great!


7 City Girl April 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy – I think I am a little too addicted to chickpeas.

The Curator – what’s great about this dish is that it reheats beautifully – so perfect to make on a weekend but have it as leftovers.

Chantal – it’s definitely very tasty.

A Crafty Mom – it’s an awesome cookbook.

Ivy – it did not occur to me that this was a lenten-appropriate dish, but since it’s vegan, it is!

Shan – it was tasty and easy too!


8 BR Guest Host April 13, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I really need to learn more about cooking with chickpeas cos this looks great. Thanks for sending this to bookmarked recipes.



9 City Girl April 22, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Ruth – I am loving participating in BM recipes :)


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