Chole (or chana) masala is a popular vegetarian dish throughout Northern India. In this easy recipe, chickpeas and tomatoes are simmered with a mixture of fried garlic, ginger, onion, and serrano chiles plus traditional Indian spices like cumin, garam masala, coriander, and turmeric. Top this spicy, fragrant dish with cooling yogurt and a drizzle of sweet-tart pomegranate molasses, then spoon it over steamed rice or scoop it up with naan.
What to buy: Pomegranate molasses is a sour, syrupy liquid that adds both sweet and tart flavors to this recipe. It can be found in Middle Eastern markets and in the Asian section of grocery stores.
Garam masala can be found in the spice aisle of most grocery stores, or you can make your own.
Game plan: We liked our chole masala on the spicy side, but if you want to dial the heat back a bit, omit one of the serrano chiles.
You’ll need to make some steamed white rice before you begin.
This recipe was featured as one of our Easy Weeknight Vegetarian Main Dishes.