Cholia ka Nimona is an excellent way to eat cholia! Delicious and so fresh!
So the next recipe in the Cholia series is Cholia ka Nimona. Now this is not a recipe that my mum used to make. I never even knew about Nimona till some years ago. When I posted the Green Peas Nimona last year, someone commented on the post saying they also make that with fresh green chana and I thought how good would a cholia ka nimona taste.
So this year I was promptly waiting for the cholia season to try my hands on making it and I did. It was an absolute surprise, I was sure I will like it but it really surpassed all my expectations. We have made it twice after that already and this one I can tell that this will be a winter regular in our house from this season onward.
I loved the fresh taste of the cholia and the fact that Nimona uses just simple spices which means that the taste of the cholia stands out. I love simple dishes and this one is definitely one awesome way of cooking cholia. This tastes really good with some hot rotis. I love the beautiful green colour of the curry.
Cholia is really good for health. It has Vitamins C, E, K and B complex. It also contains minerals like magnesium, zinc, calcium and iron, which make it really healthy to have. It has great antioxidant properties and help keep the blood and digestive system clean! It is also supposed to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Now, this is reason enough to eat Cholia, isn’t it?
Cholia is usually available fresh in winters and if you can lay your hands on the fresh cholia, then you should definitely be indulging in this curry.
Cholia ka Nimona : Mashed Garbanzo beans curry
- 1 and 1/2 cups fresh cholia
- 1 and 1/2 inchs ginger piece
- 2 pods garlic
- 2 green chillies
- 1 tsp jeera powder
- 1 tsp jeera
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 bay leaf
- pinch hing
- 2 tsps oil
- 1 cup water warm
- to taste salt
- Grind ginger, green chillies and cholia coarsely using as little water as possible.
- Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan, add hing and fry for 30 secs.
- Add the jeera seeds and fry till golden brown. Add bay leaf and fry for another 30 secs.
- Now add the ground cholia and dry spices and roast for 5 mins on low flame.
- Add the warm water and let it boil for 3-4 minutes and its done.
- Serve with hot rotis.