Aloo Choliya | Choliya Aloo | Punjabi Aloo choliya | Fresh green chickpeas curry ,a rich curry from northern India, with authentic Punjabi flavors.A curry made with potatoes and fresh green chickpeas.This is a winter dish as in northern India fresh green peas are available in the market for a short time.Green chickpeas are freshly picked fresh from the vine.They are sold on the vine and also blanched and de-skinned in the market.
It’s a regular feature at any north Indian or Punjabi household. Its preparation is similar to that of Aloo Matar / Potato and peas gravy. We first make a gravy base, add the potatoes and choliya and pressure cook till done. In case you do not have a pressure cooker or cook in a vessel or then pre-cook the fresh green chickpeas and then add them to the cooked gravy along with potatoes.You can even cook this dish in a Crock-pot.
Make this recipe either in clarified butter/ Desi ghee or in mustard oil. These do complete justice to the amazing flavors of this rich curry. You can substitute potatoes with Paneer or cottage cheese to. We make Aloo Choliya or choliya paneer and both come out delicious. In few Indian kitchens, even sun dried lentil dumplings / Wadiyan are also added. Then you get a spicy gravy with lovely flavors of the masala lentil dumpling.We too add it occasionally.
This gravy is a spicy one but ,you may adjust the amount of chili to your taste.Also if you prefer more then add a red chili instead of degi mirch powder. A very healthy and nutritious curry dish.