Tender Green Chickpeas with Zucchini (Choliya with Zucchini)

This past winter was the first time I ever tried “Choliya” – a tender green chickpea which is available only in winter in Delhi. I fell in love with it and ate as much of it as I possibly could in the few days I was visiting home.

There are so many possibilities with this wonderful legume and it is super healthy. Here is a lovely recipe that combines the Choliya with zucchini.




Tender Green Chickpeas with Zucchini (Choliya with Zucchini)

 Serves 4-6Print This Recipe


1 lb choliyan, washed

1 medium shallot (or onion), sliced

2 small zucchini’s, chopped

1 tbsp. cumin seeds

1 tsp. coriander powder

¾ tsp. turmeric powder

Cayenne pepper (optional)

Pinch of asafetida

1 tbsp. oil

Salt to taste



• Heat oil in a wok or kadai.

• Add cumin seeds and stir till the seeds start to splutter.

• Add pinch of asafetida.

• Add the sliced onions and cook for 4-5 minutes.

• Add the coriander powder, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper and salt to taste.

• Stir for 2 -3 minutes.

• Add the chopped zucchini and mix well.

• Add the Choliya.

• Add salt to taste.

• Cook the mixture for about 20 minutes until soft.

• Serve immediately with rice or rotis.

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