Mushroom and Chickpea Curry - Dhingri Chole

I recently flew from Mumbai to Dubai on Emirates Airlines and I was served this delicious Mushroom and Chickpea curry. I researched it when I returned home and learned that it is also known as Dhingri Chole. I loved the earthy taste and the combination of mushroom and chickpeas. Once back I developed this recipe till I got the taste 'just right' and now I'm ready to share it with you

This curry can be rather spicy, you can tone this down by adding less chillies and chilli powder. In my opinion it's stellar taste comes from the fact that I ground my garam masala fresh, it really makes a huge difference. Making your fresh Garam Masala spice is super easy, click here to watch step by step instructions.

2 medium red onions finely chopped
2-3 green chillies finely chopped
1 tsp each turmeric and chilli powder
1 tsp each ginger and garlic paste
2 tsps garam masala
2 tomatoes, 1 finely chopped & one blanched and pureed
300 gms canned chickpeas
10 - 12 mushrooms chopped in half if large
1 - 2 cups water
Chopped coriander
Salt to taste


Heat some oil and sautee the onion and green chillies till the onion is translucent
Add the finely chopped tomato and one tsp each of of turmeric and chilly powder and mix

Add one tsp each of ginger and garlic paste and stir, cooking to remove the raw taste

Add 2 tsps pf garam masala and mix and keep pressing the tomatoes down with the back of your spoon
Add the tomato that was blanched and pureed, add salt and mix
Add a cup of water, stir, cover and cook for a few minutes
Try to puree any pieces of chopped tomatoes by pressing down with the back of a spoon
Add the chickpeas followed by the mushrooms
Cover and cook checking frequently to make sure the mushrooms are cooking and add more water as required
Garnish with finely chopped coriander and serve

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