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Hearty Chole Cheddar

Chickpea is sitting there looking relaxed, refreshed and ready to rumble.

“Would you like some cheddar cheese company?”

“I know it’s Jihva and you are looking for some new ideas. But, what in the world…?”

“Think about it. I will add some vegetables too. It will be a nice combination and a wholesome meal in a bowl.”

“Are you going to add my favorite seasoning, chana masala powder?”

“Yep, I’ll.”

“Chole cheddar! I am game. Cover me with that gooey cheddar…”

Chickpea and Cheddar

Hearty Chole Cheddar
(for two or four, for two to one meal)

1 teaspoon oil
1 tsp each – cumin and minced garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup each – diced carrots and potatoes (1/2-inch thick)
1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 teaspoon each – red chilli powder and turmeric
1 tablespoon – chana masala powder
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 cups water
2 cups chickpeas (Canned or pressure-cooked)
1/3 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese

In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add and toast cumin and garlic to fragrance.

Add the vegetables and cook, stirring often until vegetables soften, about 15 minutes.

Add the seasoning – chilli powder, turmeric, chana masala powder and salt. Also 2 cups of water. To thicken the soup, mash about quarter cup of chickpeas to fine paste in a mixer and add the paste along with the remaining chickpeas. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about ten minutes. Add ¼ cup cheddar cheese and stir.

Ladle into bowls; sprinkle the remaining cheese. Enjoy with paratha or bread.

Chole Cheddar with Ciabatta
Lunch today and for ms’s Jihva Chickpeas

Chole = Chana Masala = Hearty Chickpea Soup

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Cheese,Chickpeas,Jihva For Ingredients (Friday January 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm- permalink)
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  1. Nice recipe Indira garu…

    Comment by swathi — January 30, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  2. Bowlfull of chickpeas always comforting, nice twist to chole with cheddar awesome flavour.

    Comment by Madhu — January 30, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

  3. Hi

    I need some advice from you. What blender/food processor do you use for making chutneys and adai batter/vada batter etc. I am looking for something that can handle small quantities for 2 people portions.


    Comment by P — January 30, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

  4. I thought you are not much into cheese!

    Comment by preeti — January 30, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

  5. I have never tried cheese in Indian recipe and moreover I`m not a big fan of cheese, will have to try next time. I can imagine it to be different. My daughter will definetly love it though.

    Comment by Cilantro — January 30, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  6. wow lovely post… never imagined that cute combo.

    Comment by kalva — January 30, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

  7. Hi Indira,

    Very interesting combo. I love cheese & chickpeas – will definitely try this. I love the fabric & the bowl too.. 🙂

    Comment by Shillu — January 30, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  8. That looks incredibly yummy! I love the photos of the chickpea sitting on the cheddar! This is a brilliant idea! I am one of those people who will eat anything with cheese in it. I dont know why we dont use more cheese in Indian cooking, it goes so well with all the spices. Have you tried cheese dosai?!

    Comment by veggiebelly — January 30, 2009 @ 11:01 pm

  9. looks so yummy,..

    Comment by notyet100 — January 31, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  10. hello mam,first time in ur blog to comment..awesome blog!!never imagined this combination!!Lovely recipe:)do visit my blog at ur free time:)i will feel great:)Thanks in advance!!

    Comment by Spice lover — January 31, 2009 @ 3:48 am

  11. I would have never thought of this combination….how delicious is that with some Ciabatta!!
    Have a lovely weekend!

    Comment by trupti — January 31, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  12. Its remarkable that I have tried something similar too..and I know how heavenly it tastes! The pic looks appetizing 🙂

    Comment by DK — January 31, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  13. I have lot of chickpeas and I am bored with regular recipe… this looks great. I will try this recipe.

    Thanks a lot!

    Comment by sudha — January 31, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

  14. I love them both, but in a million years I would never have thought to combine them. Leave it to you, Indira dear. Hope you’re doing well 🙂

    Comment by Linda — February 2, 2009 @ 12:44 am

  15. Looks Yummy, cheesy and different..

    Comment by Ashwini — February 2, 2009 @ 9:55 am

  16. Very creative recipe once again Indira. Like many others who have commented here I have also not thought of chedddar in chole.

    Comment by Madhuram — February 2, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

  17. Looks comforting for this chilly winter season.

    Comment by Mona — February 2, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

  18. What an unique combo Indira. I’d love to try it too.

    Comment by Supriya — February 2, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  19. Hi Indira,
    This is my first post to your sight. These ideas are cool and innovative. Hat’s off! I’m new to the blogging world – and love to throw in compliments to the deserving. Like your blog alot.

    Comment by Smitha Vinit — February 3, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  20. A very unique twist to a traditional recipe, sounds interesting and intriguing 🙂

    Comment by Usha — March 5, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  21. Hi Indira, I wanted to tell you that I tried this recipe, and my 2 yr. old and 3 yr. old loved it. I served it with buttered toast! My 2 yrs. old said proudly, “Mommy, all gone!”. Thanks. I’ll make this is regular recipe. For myself and hubby, I took out 1/2 so we could eat without cheese.

    Comment by Padmaja — March 9, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

  22. Hi indira,

    sounds great…you have a nice site here about food facts and recipes.

    Comment by Dave Jones — March 11, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  23. Wow…that sounds interesting and looks so delicious…very innovative one.

    Comment by Poornima — March 16, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

  24. It is a great combination. For sure i will try it tomorrow. I can surprise my friends with this recipe. Sure they will love it!.

    Comment by Mery Hill — April 22, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  25. Going to try this weekend!

    Comment by Nags — May 21, 2009 @ 4:37 am

  26. I am married, but staying alone in
    Dubai and my family is in Chennai. Incredible receipe! My wife has tried it out and she told me it was excellent. I will definitely try it out for today’s lunch and give you the feedback. Incidentally, my mother’s name is Indira.

    Comment by Sowri Rajan — February 11, 2010 @ 3:15 am

  27. Irresistably good bowl of Cheddar Chole!! Yummy and thanks for sharing this lovely recipe

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  28. Seems very unique and innovative recipe would luv to try thanks for sharing it

    Comment by Fresh and tasty recipes — October 18, 2011 @ 4:05 am

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  31. this Hearty Chole Cheddar looks yummy, I may try to bake this one

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