Chola Dhabhal|Garbanzo beans Curry with bread|Sindhi Breakfast

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Chickpea garbanzobean curry

Many Sindhis  begin their Sundays with a visit to  roadside food cart for a hot , king sized, breakfast, fit to celebrate the holiday mood. The  breakfast served on a lazy Sunday morning, at almost every nook and corner of Sindhi localities, happens to be either Dal pakwan, Dal moong, or else Chola Dhabhal (Chola = Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans, and Dhabhal = Bread).

The cart selling this curry-bread, have a hot stove with a large Aluminum container, filled with Spicy garbanzo curry cooked in Indian style Onion and tomato curry, oozing with flavors of roasted Garam masala powder, arranged on the sides of the container. The center of container is intermittently filled with dilute version of the gravy, a portion of thick curry(with beans) is then mixed with dilute gravy, and allowed to simmer for a while. The Soft dinner rolls or Ladi pav is then torn into two, dunked in the simmering gravy , coated well with the curry and then carefully picked up and plated. Few spoons of tender chickpeas thrown over the juicy bread (generally Pav, but some vendors serve bread slices too), topped with tangy mint coriander chutney, sliced onions ( at times chopped tomatoes, boiled potatoes too), some trademark spices sprinkled like a magic powder, followed by the crunchy nylon sev, and finally garnished with chopped coriander leaves. Another version of this breakfast, called Dal Chola Dhabhal is also very popular where lentils are also used along with Chickpeas. But we will talk about that sometime later.

Kindly note: The recipe below is not a traditional Chola recipe. It is more like a Punjabi style chole. Shall share typical Sindhi style Chole recipe soon.

Chola Dhabhal chickpeas curry with bread

Lets talk about the Recipe :

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Chola Dhabhal|Garbanzo beans Curry with bread|Sindhi Breakfast
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Cook time:
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Indian curry of Garbanzo beans cooked in spicy onion tomato gravy, served with soft dinner rolls or sliced bread, a popular Sindhi breakfast and streetfood
  • Chickpeas or kabuli chana ¼ kg
  • Onion 2
  • Tomatoes 2
  • Garlic 8-10 cloves
  • Ginger
  • Bayleaf 1
  • Green chillies 3 (or as per need)
  • Garam masala powder 1tsp
  • Chana Masala Powder 1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Turmeric powder
  • Red chilly powder
  • Tamarind paste -1-2 tsp (depending upon the taste preferred)
  • Oil 2 tsp or more
  • Soft Dinner rolls (laadi pav) or Bread slices
  • Mint coriander chutney for garnishing
  • Nylon sev for garnishing
  • Fresh Coriander leaves
  1. Wash and soak chickpeas for at least 7 hrs
  2. Boil them with salt, till almost cooked (Many people prefer to boil chana along with whole garam masala tied in muslin cloth and some even boil it along with dried tea leaves i.e chaipatti, again tied in a muslin cloth potli.Discard them after boiling, but reserve the water)
  3. In a deep pan, pour some oil and saute onion till brown in colour
  4. Cool and grind to make a paste.Add chillies along onions.
  5. Now in same pan take some oil and a bayleaf. After 4-5 seconds, add ginger garlic (paste or pounded). Cook for a while and add onion paste.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes and add tomato (either pureed or grated)
  7. Add some salt (remember there is already some amount of salt in chickpeas), the spices; turmeric, coriander powder, chana masala, and garam masala and fry it for 2-3 minutes
  8. Now add half boiled chana and fry it further for about 10 minutes, mixing gently so as not to mash the beans.If the mixture is dried up and sticking to the bottom of pan, just add few tsp of the reserved liquid.When the oil starts separating, add more of the reserved liquid to adjust the consistency (Note: we need to dunk bread in gravy, so the consistency should not be too thick)
  9. Add some tamarind paste and coriander leaves and simmer for 2 min
  10. For Serving, in a plate torn the pav or if using bread slices, lay one above the other 2-4 bread slices (as shown in picture), pour some curry, garnish with slices of onions and some coriander chutney (optional but highly recommended) and fresh coriander leaves.(You can use boiled and chopped potato, beetroot, chopped tomatoes etc). Garnish with Nylon sev and serve immediately

PS: I am pleased to share with you all that the Favorite pickle of Sindhis, Pariyan waari khatairn or Onion in Mustard water pickle, shared by me, was featured in Mumbai Mirror (Times Of India) Newspaper, 12th Feb 2012  Edition. You can view the paper online by visiting TImes Of India website.
For now, here is what the article looked like :

sindhi pickle recipe in Mumbai mirror

sindhi pickle recipe in Mumbai Mirror

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9 thoughts on “Chola Dhabhal|Garbanzo beans Curry with bread|Sindhi Breakfast

  1. neha Bhagchandani says:

    Very nice,
    Delicious Sindhi recepies

  2. Tried it. Was well appreciated by family. Thanks for a delicious fare. Please keep this rolling.

  3. maya talreja says:

    lovely breakfast.loved by non-sindhis also.

  4. Kavita Vanjani says:

    Lovely, pls share the complete recipe for Dal Chola Dhabal. Also, getting soft (dhabal) in Delhi is an issue, pls suggest where can we get ?

  5. Tried this out today. It came out really well. 🙂

  6. Alka your recipes are really amazing! Have tried them.. keep them coming :-))

  7. Wow..looks mouth watering…..i think i have all the ingredients in pantry…will try this down….Congrats on featuring in paper….rock on….

  8. lovely king size breakfast fare alka, have to prepare this for a weekend brunch.

  9. Totally new dish and quite interesting too. And congrats for featuring in newspaper! That’s an achievement 🙂

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