Post published on October 29, 2021 by vspiceroute

Last post modified on August 14, 2023 by vspiceroute

Chhole Masala Crostini

Chhole Masala is a popular North Indian dish made with tomatoes and Indian spices . It’s a vegan dish and usually paired with Indian bread or paired with chaats. I love this dish as it is easy to make and so comforting. 
I paired the Chhole Masala with crispy bread and it was a huge hit. When dressed up with sweet chutney and pickled onions, it was a party in mouth. The crunchy bread and the balanced flavors of chhole and chutney tastes brilliant together. This is an awesome idea to repurpose the leftover Chhole. I will be adding this to my Diwali menu this year.
I can’t wait to see you all make this dish and share pictures with me. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, lunch, sides, snacks
Cuisine Indian, Indian Fusion


  • 1 cup garbanzo beans boiled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp asafetida powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 2 tsp chhole masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as needed
  • 1/2 tsp of raw mango powder
  • 1/2 loaf of rustic sourdough bread sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup pickled sliced onions to garnish
  • 2 tablespoon tamarind-dates chutney
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro to garnish
  • 2-3 lime wedges to serve


  • In a pan heat olive oil on medium heat
  • Add cumin seeds, bay leaf and asafetida and let it sizzle
  • Add onions and tomatoes and cook till they soften
  • Let it cool, remove bay leaf and grind it and form a gravy
  • In the same pan add the gravy and heat for few minutes
  • Add the boiled garbanzo beans
  • Add turmeric powder, chhole masala, kashmiri chili powder, salt and raw mango powder
  • Cook the Chhole till the water is absorbed
  • On a flat pan heat the bread using butter till it’s completely toasted
  • Layer the toasted bread with Chhole
  • Drizzle 1/2 tsp of Tamarind/Dates chutney
  • Garnish with pickled onions and chopped cilantro
  • Serve hot with lime wedges
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