Creamy Chole Cheddar

Nitin Jacob

May 08 2024

<div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><p>This recipe is a comforting and flavorful twist on classic chole (chickpea curry). Combining protein-packed chickpeas with tender vegetables and a touch of sharp cheddar cheese, it's perfect for a quick weeknight meal for two or a side dish for four.&nbsp;</p><p>Ingredients:</p><p>&nbsp;1 teaspoon vegetable oil</p><p>&nbsp;1 teaspoon each cumin seeds and minced garlic</p><p>&nbsp;1/2 cup finely chopped red onion</p><p>&nbsp;1/2 cup each diced carrots and potatoes (diced into 1/2-inch cubes)</p><p>&nbsp;1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper</p><p>&nbsp;1 teaspoon each red chili powder and turmeric powder</p><p>&nbsp;1 tablespoon chana masala powder (or curry powder)</p><p>&nbsp;1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)</p><p>&nbsp;2 cups water</p><p>&nbsp;2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned or pressure cooked)</p><p>&nbsp;1/3 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese (divided)</p><p>Instructions:</p><p>1. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and toast until fragrant, about 30 seconds.&nbsp;</p><p>2. Add minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly to avoid burning the garlic.</p><p>3. Add chopped red onion, diced carrots, potatoes, and red bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables soften.</p><p>4. Stir in red chili powder, turmeric powder, chana masala powder (or curry powder), and salt.</p><p>5. Pour in 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer.</p><p>6. To thicken the soup slightly, mash about 1/4 cup of chickpeas in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add the chickpea paste along with the remaining cooked chickpeas to the pot.</p><p>7. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until heated through.</p><p>8. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of the grated cheddar cheese.</p><p>9. Ladle the chole cheddar into bowls and sprinkle with the remaining grated cheese.</p><p>10. Serve hot with paratha or bread and enjoy!</p><p>Tips:</p><p>&nbsp;Feel free to adjust the amount of chili powder according to your spice preference.</p><p>&nbsp;You can substitute other vegetables for the carrots and potatoes, such as green beans, broccoli florets, or chopped cauliflower.</p><p>&nbsp;If you don't have chana masala powder, you can use regular curry powder instead.&nbsp;</p><span></div>

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