Methiwale Chole

This is a recipe by Hemant Trivedi and one that has become a regular at home. It's easy to make and tastes good too. I follow his recipe for most part but make it a bit more spicy to suit our tastes. This, he says, is a Rajasthani recipe and therefore doesn't use onion or garlic but is still very flavorful.



White Channa - 150 gms, soaked overnight and pressure cooked with salt till soft
Methi (Fenugreek) Leaves - from 1 big bunch (OR) 2 cups, de-stemmed
Tomato - 1, chopped
Ginger - 1 inch piece, chopped
Green Chillies - 3, chopped
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped
Jeera (Cumin) powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Besan (Kadalai maavu) - 1 tbsp
Amchur powder or Tamarind paste - to taste
Salt, to taste

For Seasoning:
Oil - 2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cloves - 1
Cinnamon - 1 small piece
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a few pinches


1) Heat oil in a deep pan and add jeera, methi seeds, cloves, cinnamon, mustard & asafoetida. Once they cracle and splutter, add green chillies and ginger.

2) After a few seconds, add the methi leaves (no need to chop them) & salt. Fry this for 5 mins. Now add the chopped tomato and all the dry masalas. Cook this for another 5 minutes till tomatoes soften.

3) Now add the cooked channa to this and crush some of them to thicken the gravy. Add amchur powder or tamarind paste to taste. Add some water, cover and let this simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Add chopped coriander leaves and a paste of besan mixed with water. Cover and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes.

4) Methi Chole is now ready to serve with warm chapathis.

I would like to send this as my entry to 'Powerless' Cooking Event hosted by EasyCrafts.


  1. Guess what? I tried a south Indian style Chole yesterday from a blog and am posting tomorrow, it was yum!!
    Methi Chole looks delicious.We always have to add chilli pd according to our taste, or else it will mess up the dish! I will check that site too, thanks!:)

  2. Oh gosh, this one looks great. Methi chole... I ll remember that one.

  3. yums looks so good, I love methi and anything, especially fresh, it seems to bring out flavours.

  4. yummy combo methi with chole looks delecious

  5. This is a new one. Looks yummy. Will have to try it .

  6. Laavanya!! that looks very good!! I never mixed chole and methi, so many things to try out but not enough time u know!!! love that simple recipe!!

  7. I've never mixed methi and chenna. Combo sounds good. Looks beautiful. will try it sometime.

  8. I have heard about this combination, but never tried this. Looks yummy !

  9. looks so good laav..i bet it tastes great off i go next week to buy methi...u know i'm scared to go to the grocery stores till Thursday..b'coz of the insane rush and lines ;)

  10. Looks yummy!! Must try.. or do i stop by at DC? The second ones easier right???:-)

  11. I was just looking at Hemant Trivedi's recipes to see if I could find something for RCI-Bihar!
    I've never used methi with chole. It sounds really good, L. :-)

  12. methi & chole makes one tasty combo! it's always good to have some variations to our good ole' chole :) looks tempting.

  13. Thats a new combination..and a great way to eat methi..thanks for the entry

  14. methi with chole... yummm!!!! sounds like a new combo, but im sure it tasted gr8. thanx for the recipe :)

  15. Methi with chole - yum yum this along with some poori will make my day!

  16. I love dishes that use methi and make methi rotis. Will surely try this too as I have used kasoori methi before in gravies and not fresh methi.

  17. It looks so good. It is a pity that i don't get methi here.

  18. no onion and garlic??? then i must try it for my MIL :)

  19. Methi chole, a unique combo lavanya.

  20. Love methi! Love chole! Love them both together :)

  21. Methi leaves started arriving market Laavanya. Nice twist with methi leaves. It adds taste to any dish. will try next time i prepare chole. Viji

  22. looks yummy... I never make anything Indian without onions and garlic.. esp onions... guess I have to try out some new recipes like this :)

  23. Delicious! nice entry dear! you managed with out grinding! :)

  24. I am saving this recipe to try. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  25. Chole and Methi...sounds interesting. I never knew abt Hemant's recipes. Will check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Looks like a neat combo, will try :)


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