CURRYiT Purani Dilli Ke Chhole Curry Paste Gets 4 Mishrys (2024)
Flavors? Robust. Freshness? Top-notch. Convenience? It cannot get better. Here’s more from our CURRYiT Purani Dilli Ke Chhole Curry Paste.
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Street style flavors in minutes? In the comfort of your home? Without gathering seventeen different spices? YES, please!
If you answered ‘yes’ too, this CURRYiT Purani Dilli Ke Chhole Curry Paste review is for you. Our teams of researchers and reviewers were skeptical, as it is next to impossible for a packaged paste to replicate street-style flavors without being overloaded with one ingredient. CURRYiT’s paste was a pleasant surprise and here’s why we gave it 4 Mishrys.
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CURRYiT Purani Dilli Ke Chhole Curry Paste – Quick Glance
Everything you need to know about this paste is listed in the following table.
|CURRYiT Purani Dilli Ke Chhole Curry Paste
Our Review Factors
What are we looking for? In our CURRYiT Purani Dilli Ke Chhole Curry Paste review we were looking for street-style chole with fresh flavors.
We also gauged the aroma, appearance, packaging, among other factors.
Dilli Chhole is nothing but boiled chickpeas cooked in a flavorful, masaledaar tomato gravy. It is filled with masale, has the right balance of salt and spice, and a desirable tang.
How well can a packaged paste replicate these complex flavors?
Other than boiled chickpeas, what else does this RTE paste call for? How many pieces of cookware did we require while making this? Do the flavors need some adjustment? How long does it take to make a complete dish with this paste?
3. Other Parameters
Here, we recorded all the non-tasting parameters like price, packaging, shelf life, ingredients, etc.
CURRYiT Purani Dilli Ke Chhole Curry Paste – Detailed Review
Price + Packaging
This screams ‘mom-approved’ right on the top and is a white-purple carton. Inside, there is a pouch that holds the paste, a potli with khada masala, and an instruction card.
This is priced at Rs 225/- and holds 250 grams of content with a nine-month shelf life.
Chole, typically, are boiled with a mixed bag of masalas including cinnamon, black cardamom and sometimes a small portion of tea leaves to bring out that brown tone that chole are known for.
The CurryIt pack contains two elements. First, the magic muslin potli which contains – Black cardamom, Green cardamom, Cloves, Bay leaf, Cinnamon stick, Black peppercorns, Indian gooseberry, Star anise, and Nutmeg.
Another pouch holds the paste which is made using – Tomatoes, Onions, Olive oil, Desi ghee (15%), Pomegranate seeds, Coriander, Cumin, Black pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon, Red chili, Black salt, Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Kashmiri mirch, and Salt.
Thumbs up for the clean ingredient list.
How did we make this?
We cooked 250 grams of overnight soaked kabuli chana. This was cooked with 4 cups of water and the Magic Pouch for 15-16 whistles (as advised). Once the chana turned soft but still had a firm bite, we added the paste and simmered it for a few more minutes. After achieving the desired consistency, we served it hot. We garnished it with sliced green chillies and ginger.
Aroma + Appearance
The Magic Pouch comprised whole spices. Black cardamom was the most prominent ingredient in this potli. The paste had a very fresh, natural, and homestyle aroma of cooked/caramelised onions and roasted whole spices. This had us drooling.
Taste + Texture
There’s Pindi Chhole, Amritsari Chhole, restaurant style, street style, homestyle, and many more. The common denominator among all styles of chhole is the base flavor (with some variations). It is essentially the marriage of boiled chickpeas with a tomato-khada masala gravy that is rich in flavors.
On to our experience with the product, the paste had a thick consistency. It was not smooth, nor was it too flowy. But it coated the chana well.
In terms of flavor, this paste is heavy on masale. It is full of flavors but not overwhelmingly spicy or salty, or tangy. The paste had a fresh tomato-like tang, the warmth garam masale lent to gravies.
- Time-efficient, convenient preparation
- Preservative-free ingredients
- Authentic flavors and hue
- Priced steeply
This ready-to-use paste is best for those who do not have access to whole spices or those looking for a quicker way to prepare some chole at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on CURRYiT Purani Dilli Ke Chhole Curry Paste
No, this has balanced spices, but also gives the liberty to add more, if needed.
No, this is devoid of preservatives.
Yes, it contains onions and garlic.
Yes, this is FSSAI-approved.
The entire paste with 250 grams of chana would suffice 4-5 servings.
Should You Buy?
Yes, it does eliminate the need to chop and prepare vegetables for the tadka, but making chole isn’t a very hard task anyway in most North Indian homes due to easy availability of specific ingredients. This product is best suited for those who live away from home and are craving some Indian roadside masaledar chole or want to try a hand at North Indian cuisine.
Thumbs up for a clean ingredient list, convenience and fresh street-style flavors. The pricing can be a little too steep for experienced cooks.