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Achari Aloo Chole ~ Potato and Garbanzo Bean Curry with Pickling Spices

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 102kcal
Author Manju


  • 1 can Garbanzo beans (see note 1.)
  • 2 Yellow Potatoes cubed and boiled
  • 2 tsp Rice Bran or Canola Oil
  • ½ tsp Fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp Onion seeds / Kalonji / Nigella Seeds optional
  • 2 Green cardamom
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 Red Onion sliced
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Punjabi Garam Masala (see note 2.)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli powder / Cayenne
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Mango pickle any kind that you get from an Indian store. It has to be the Indian type of pickle
  • ¼ cup Chopped cilantro to garnish


  • Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan on medium-high heat. Add the mustard seeds, once they splutter, add the fonion seeds, cardamom pods, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and asafetida.
  • Once they turn light brown and the seeds crackle, add the fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek seeds turn very bitter if they get burnt, that is why it is added at the very end.
  • Now toss the onions and the ginger garlic paste to the spice mix and saute till onions are translucent.
  • Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, Punjabi garam masala and salt and saute well.
  • Now add the mango pickle, the garbanzo beans and the potatoes.
  • Add a little water and mash some of the potatoes and garbanzo beans so that it thickens the sauce. Cook on low-medium heat for 5 minutes or so.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with basmati rice, chapatis or naan.


  1. If you want to use dried beans instead of canned ones - soak ½ cup dried garbanzo beans overnight and cook well till easily mushed.
  2. Recipe for Punjabi Garam Masala. Or you can use regular garam masala if that is all you have.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4.1mg