Boil the chola till tender, drain out the water and keep,aside.
Heat the oil in a thick bottom pan, put in the onions and sauté till translucent.
Add the chola along with all the ground spices, season with salt and mix well.
Pour in about 3 cups warm water and cook till the chola are soft and breaks with a little pressure.
Serve with chapati garnished with onion rings and lemon juice.