Punjabi Sukhe Chole / Chickpea Stir-fry


Punjabi cuisine is widely popular and it can be non-vegetarian or even completely vegetarian. One of the main features of Punjabi cuisine is its diverse range of dishes. Most dairy products are abundantly used in Punjabi cuisine. My family particularly love the punjabi cuisine dishes using paneer as well as chole / chickpeas which can be cooked in many possible way. Starting from Chole Masala, Chole Chaat, Pindi Chole, Peshawari Chole to lots more one can surely enjoy.

Here the post is all about a dry dish using chickpeas as Punjabi Sukhe Chole / Chickpea Stir-fry. Along with roti / paratha or even with pulao, steamed rice-dal combo this can be perfectly fit. The process is quite simple and within few time the dish is prepared. The pressure cooked chickpeas are cooked with some dry spices, so the dish is quite dry type without any gravy. 

The dish is completely vegan and gluten free too. And if you are in a hurry then you must try this punjabi sukhe chole. I love to have this dish with some hot phulka / roti, some sliced onions along with a glass of masala chhas

Some other chickpea recipes from my blog are : 

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Vegan, Gluten free, side dish, chickpeas, Punjabi Cuisine, Dry dish, Vegetarian, Chole, Kabuli chana

Vegan, Gluten free, side dish, chickpeas, Punjabi Cuisine



Punjabi Sukhe Chole / Chickpea Stir-fry

a quick and easy dry vegetarian dish using chickpea / chole from Punjabi Cuisine.

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 30 M


  • Chickpea (kabuli chana) (soaked)   1.5 cup
  • Onion (finely chopped)   1/2 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste   2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder   1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder   1 tsp
  • Coriander powder   1.5 tbsp
  • Garam masala   1.5 tsp
  • Cumin powder   1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seed   1 tsp
  • Lemon juice   1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaf (finely chopped)   1 tbsp
  • Salt   as needed
  • Oil   1 tbsp
  • Water   as needed


How to cook Punjabi Sukhe Chole / Chickpea Stir-fry

  1. In a pressure cooker take the soaked chickpeas along with salt and enough water (3-4 cup).
  2. Pressure cook till the chickpeas are done completely.
  3. Drain the cooked chickpeas and keep aside.
  4. Now heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  5. Allow to crackle and then add finely chopped onion.
  6. Saute till transparent and next add ginger-garlic paste.
  7. Again saute till raw smell goes away.
  8. Then add all the spice powder, salt and cooked chickpeas.
  9. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes over low heat by covering the pan with a lid.
  10. Next add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Mix again.
  11. Turn off heat and serve hot with paratha / roti or even with any rice dish !


Some chopped green chilies can be added if more spiciness is required.

Well, the June month challenge in the food group named as ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge‘ was from ‘Punjabi Cuisine’ and my partner was Kalyani. I gave her as Almond and Kasoori methi and mine are Coriander powder and Lemon juice. Check her dish here. As usual, using mine two ingredients I had to prepare a dish from Punjabi cuisine. So I have come up with this easy and quick Punjabi Sukhe Chole / Chickpea Stir-fry.

 Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge

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  1. Priya Iyer

    I'm a big fan of Pindi Chhole and Chana Masala from Punjab, but have never had a chance to try out Sukhe Chole. I must say it looks supremely delicious! Love the spices that have gone into it. 🙂

  2. Narmadha

    Looks so tempting. Love the tangy taste which lemon gives to chole. Would love to munch it for evening snacks.

  3. Kalyani

    Such dishes are evergreen and you have made it and presented it beautifully, Sasmita..

  4. Rafeeda AR

    I love dishes like these, they necessarily do not need any sides to go with it. I would have them with just salad! Very flavorful…

  5. Sujata Roy

    Sukhe chhole looks so inviting. I would love to have it with some puri. For me puri chhole is a great combo. Loved your click.

  6. Poonam Bachhav

    Tangy spicy sukhe chole with hot poori makes such a delicious soulful meal. Loved your pics !

  7. Archana

    Simple and delicious Sukhe chole. Looks and sounds so very delicious. Lovely click too

  8. Vasusvegkitchen

    Sukhe Chole looks very tasty and lovely presentation with Roti's and sliced onions. Masala coated to chole and the taste of lemon juice added in it is awsome.

  9. Mayuri Patel

    Must admit I haven't tried making sukhe whole at home. Its an interesting dish and would go well with a dal and roti/kulcha. Must try out this simple and yet flavorful dish.

  10. Priya

    Yay..have just soaked some channa…will he making your chole tmrw..will let you know ��

  11. Sujata Shukla

    Chole with gravy is the dish I usually prepare. This Sukhe Chole is a great idea, and I would like to try it, because it will go nicely into a wrap, with some fresh sliced onions and a dash of lemon juice, without making the wrap soggy!

  12. cookwithrenu

    Sukhe chole looks lip-smacking delicious. I can enjoy them as a snack or as my dinner without any main's to it. Well presented.

  13. Pavani

    Sukhe chole looks absolutely irresistible and feel like grabbing the bowl.You made it perfectly dear. Soon will try the recipe.

  14. mildly indian

    Will love to just have a whole bowl of the chole just by itself it looks so perfect. I might have to pack some to lunch as well.

  15. veena

    This sukhe chole looks irresistible. Have been cooking the regular ones aleays and this looks so inviting that I should be trying this out soon

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