Memoni karhi chole

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These spicy memoni karhi chole are a delicious snack.
  • PREP TIME: 15 minutes
  • COOK TIME: 1 hour
  • SERVINGS: 6 persons
Memoni karhi chole


  • 250 grams black gram (Kalay Chane)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup gramflour (besan)
  • 1 cup sour yoghurt (khatta dahi)
  • 1 litre water
  • Spices for karhi (1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon red chili powder and ½ teaspoon turmeric)0
  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 6 to 8 leaves curry leaves (karri patta)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 tablespoon chaat masala (adjust as per taste)
  • 1/4th cup tamarind pulp


  • 1. There are three steps to making this Memoni Karhi Chole – first is boiling the kalay chane, second is making the besan ki karhi and then third is cooking the potato with spices.
  • 2. First, soak blackgram (kalay chane) in water for at least 2 hours. Once they have been soaked boil them with ½ teaspoon baking powder. Set aside.
  • 3. Second, take gramflour (besan), yoghurt and one litre water in a big pot.
  • 4. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon red chili pepper and ½ teaspoon turmeric. Whisk well to make sure that there are no lumps.
  • 5. Bring to a boil and then cook on low heat for 20 – 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  • 6. Thirdly heat oil. Saute onions for a 2-3 minutes till translucent.
  • 7. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon red chili powder (adjust to taste), 1 tablespoon chaat masala and curry leaves (karri patta). Saute for about 30 – 45 seconds then add chopped potatoes.
  • 8. Add ½ cup of water, stir 2-3 times then cover with lid. Let it cook on simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes till potatoes are tender.
  • 9. Once potatoes are tender, add tamarind pulp.
  • 10. Add blackgram (kalay chane) and karhi in the potato mixture. Stir well and cook for about 5 – 10 minutes so all the flavors and spices infuse together.


Photo Credits: Kiran Afzal
Shireen Ahad
Shireen Ahad For more recipes from the author, click here I am a mother of four children and consider my hobby of cooking food as my fifth child. All five need, love, care, nurturing and great understanding. I run a home catering business by the name of Spices and other than that I enjoy crocheting.
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