Chole is probably one of the most popular dishes from the North Western region of India, also known as Punjab. Punjabi cuisine is robust and hearty, and this dish is that, for sure. The kids in my family all love this, and any time they’re home, chole with bhatura or puri (fried bread) is sure to be on the menu once. I have referred to many websites looking for the authentic Punjabi version of this dish, and have tweaked my recipe to make it better with a few extra spices.
Minestrone is an Italian soup made mostly with vegetables, stock, beans, and pasta. This is a lifesaver for vegetarians eating out, especially if you don’t do eggs – most restaurants make it with vegetable stock, but I always check to make sure it is not made with meat stock.
The soup is hearty, and very satisfying on a cold and blustery night. And it comes together beautifully with not much effort in about 30-45 minutes.