Chole & Nan

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This post was first written in June 2013 and updated in June 2021

I love this recipe, chickpeas in a tomato sauce. It can be spiced in any way you like, with whatever you have, and served with fresh cooked, fluffy nan – nomnom as a friend says

How To Make Chole and Nan

First of all, make the nan. I love these nan, they look, to me at any rate, very authentic, and taste fab. These really need to rest for at least an hour to get that doughy nan texture. If you make and eat them straight away, they will still taste good, but they will be  more cakey. You can make them in the morning, or the previous evening if more convenient

Stir all the nan ingredients together and give it all a good knead. Place in an oiled bowl and leave to prove for an hour.  Punch down and divide into 2. Roll out into nan shapes.

When you are ready to eat, pre-heat grill to high and place each nan on the grill pan and grill until it puffs and there are some brown spots. No need to turn over. Brush with the spread and serve straight away.

 

To make the chole, heat a little oil in a pan, add the onion and fry until softened.

Mix in the tomatoes and chickpeas and simmer until you have a thick paste.

Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust if necessary

Variations

There are no spices in this recipe as we have none in the shopping list, but if you have some available, this is the recommended blend. Add ½ tsp fine chopped fresh ginger,  ½ tsp turmeric, pinch chilli, fat clove garlic finely chopped, a clove, pinch garam masala, and a little fresh, chopped, coriander sprinkled over at the end

A mixture of any of these, depending on what is in your cupboard would all work well, or indeed, any spices that you have will add interest

Use large green or brown lentils instead of chick peas, or butter beans or haricot beans

This is from Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks, all recipes and a shopping list

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Chole & Nan

I love this recipe, chickpeas in a tomato sauce. Can be spiced in any way you like
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
resting time for the nan: 1 hr
Course:
Dinner
,
Lunch
Cuisine:
Indian
budget meals
,
curry
,
savoury
,
vegetarian
No Nuts by Llisole from the Noun Project
Nut Free
,
vegan by Guilherme Furtado from the Noun Project
Vegan
,
Vegetarian by Philipp Petzka from the Noun Project
Vegetarian
freeze by Hare Krishna from the Noun Project
Freezes Well
Servings: 2
Cost per portion 27p
Calories: 612.82kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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Ingredients

Chole

  • 125 g dried chick peas
  • 70 g onions chopped
  • ½ tin tomatoes 200g
  • 10 g sugar
  • 1 tblsp veg oil

Nan

  • 125 g flour self raising
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tblsp butter or spread
  • 60 ml water

Instructions

Nan Bread

  • First of all, make the nan. These really need to rest for at least an hour to get that doughy nan texture. If you make and eat them straight away, they will still taste good, but they will be  more cakey. You can make them in the morning, or the previous evening if more convenient
  • Stir all the nan ingredients together and give it all a good knead. Place in an oiled bowl and leave to prove for an hour.  Punch down and divide into 2. Roll out into nan shapes.
  • When you are ready to eat, pre-heat grill to high and place each nan on the grill pan and grill until it puffs and there are some brown spots. No need to turn over. Brush with the spread and serve straight away.
  • I love these nan, they look, to me at any rate, very authentic, and taste fab

Chole

  • If you are using dried chickpeas, soak them overnight and cook them the next day for about 45 minutes until very soft. This can be done in a slow cooker for fuel efficiency, you could even put them in from dried and slow cook them overnight.
  • Or if you have a pressure cooker, I tend to do mine, from dry, in there, on full pressure for 45 minutes. Or you could cook them when you have time and freeze them for when you need them.  
  • Or use a tin. Drain it. Reserve the juice as this is aquafaba and can be used for many different things
  • Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and fry until softened.
  • Mix in the tomatoes and chickpeas and simmer until you have a thick paste.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust if necessary
  • Serve with the nan

Notes

There are no spices in this recipe as we have none in the shopping list, but if you have some available, this is the recommended blend. Add ½ tsp fine chopped fresh ginger,  ½ tsp turmeric, pinch chilli, fat clove garlic finely chopped, a clove, pinch garam masala, and a little fresh, chopped, coriander sprinkled over at the end
A mixture of any of these, depending on what is in your cupboard would all work well, or indeed, any spices that you have will add interest
This is from Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks, all recipes and a shopping list




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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chole & Nan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 612.82 Calories from Fat 160
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.81g27%
Saturated Fat 10.32g65%
Cholesterol 15.89mg5%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 664.85mg19%
Carbohydrates 95.88g32%
Fiber 13.16g55%
Sugar 15.34g17%
Protein 18.97g38%
Vitamin A 226.55IU5%
Vitamin C 5.09mg6%
Calcium 83.05mg8%
Iron 6.8mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Robert

    5 stars
    Had this for dinner tonight, tasted great, thanks!

  2. Lesley

    Ooh yes, mushrooms in it would be lovely. Let me know how you get on 🙂

  3. fiona

    Hi Lesley
    I made this curry tonight and my kids absolutely loved it! I had some mushrooms knocking about so chucked them in as well.
    Thank you so much for putting these meal plans together I’m going to be using them over the next few months whilst I try and save some money.
    Fiona xx

  4. Lesley

    Sorry Michelle, I was out last night. The Nan ingredients are from the milk down. So the 60ml milk, 125g flour, tsp sugar, pinch salt and tbslp spread

  5. Michelle

    Which ingredients are for the nan bread? I’m a bit confused 🙂

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