Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chole Bhature

Chole Bhature

Happy New Year to all my friends and readers...

Today's recipe is a popular breakfast recipe from Punjab- Chole/chickpeas curry and bhature. Bhature is a deep fried and puffed up bread made of white flour. If you like a spicy and warm breakfast nothing is more comforting than this combo.

For the Chole masala
Chickpeas/garbanzo beans- 1 cup
Dried mango- 2 to 3 pieces
Dried Amla/gooseberry/nellikka-2 -3 pieces(optional)
Tea bag- 1
Bay Leaf- 1
Salt to taste

For the gravy
Onion- 2 medium
Tomato puree- 3/4 cup
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Green chilly-2
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Amchur powder- 1/3 tsp
Anardhana/pomegranate seeds powdered- 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder- 1/3 tsp
Roasted cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg- a pinch

Whole garam masala 
Green cardomon-2
Cinnamon- 1 inch stick
Clove- 2-3
Black Cardamon- 2

Soak chickpeas overnight for about 8-9 hours. In a cheese cloth place tea bag,bay leaf, dry mango pieces and dry amla pieces and tie it into a pouch and add this along with chickpeas and cook in a pressure cooker. Add water to the same level as the chickpeas and cook till 3-4 whistles. Once cool discard the pouch that you put inside.

Make a paste of onion, ginger and green chilly and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan ( if you like add half of ghee and half of oil). Add all the whole spices cardamon, clove, cinnamon and lightly fry them.
Add the onion mixture and saute for about 2 minutes and then add tomato puree. Cook this for another three minutes till oil separates from the mixture.
Add the dry ingredients- coriander powder, chilly powder, amchur powder,anardhana powder, ginger powder,nutmeg powder and cumin and mix well. Add the cooked chick peas along with the excess water in the pressure cooker. Cover and cook for another four to five minutes or till the gravy thickens. Garnish with coriander leaves

Ingredients for bhature
All purpose flour- 2 cups
Yogurt- 3/4 cup
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 1 tsp
salt to taste
Poppy seeds- 2 tsp
Oil for frying

Shift flour by mixing in baking powder,a pinch of baking soda and salt.
Add to this sugar, poppy seeds and yogurt and mix well. Using your hands knead the dough well and add little by little water till you have a soft and smooth dough.
Grease the top of the dough with little oil and cover it with a damp cloth. Let it rest for about half an hour and make small balls out of the dough. Cover and let it again rest for another ten minutes.
Heat one and one half cup of oil in a pan. Take each ball and flatten with a rolling pin.
Slide it carefully into the oil. When it puffs up,gently turn to the other side and fry. When both sides are golden brown take out from oil and drain in paper towels
Serve with chole,tamarind dates chutney and finely chopped onions.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Happy New Year dear...chole bhature super aayittundu...yummmy..

  2. Chole bhatura is my favorite snack or meal. High in protein and so tasty! YUMMY!!!

  3. Nice dark color...never used to add poppy seeds to the bhature...

  4. hole bahature adipoli. Happy new year to you and family.

  5. Chole Bhature looks super yumm :)
    Happy New Year wishes to you and family!!!

  6. tempting.........

  7. looks super dear...entte kannu aa batura vechirikkunna kottayila....:)

  8. Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.
    Chhole bhature looks absolutely mouth watering, yummy and delicious. Very beautiful presentation.

  9. happy new year to you! Chole looks like a star hotel dish!

  10. Happy New Year Suja! Love this yummy combo...I simply love your looks delicious.

  11. This is an awesome combo and my fav have made it look so delicious.

  12. chole bhature looks simply delicious.....u hav prepared the bhaturas just perfect :-)

  13. This is one of the best combination ever, looks super delicious.

  14. Perfect tempting combo, looks delicious...

  15. very delicious combination...looks yummmm

  16. What a coincidence :) Both of us posting the same recipe on a day. Love your inclusion of poppy seeds in the bhature.

    A Very Happy new year to you too !

  17. Wow! That looks awesome! Wishing you a very Happy New Year :)

  18. Omg, wat a lovely spread, delicious and drool worthy dishes..

  19. Wat a super delicious combo,makes me the addition of poppyseeds in ur bhature.

  20. YUMMY dish..Will try it soon..


  21. Chola bhature is one of my favourite combination. Yum!

  22. mhmm yummy...feel like having it now :)

  23. chole bhature is my fav !!looks YUM !!

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  24. Happy New Year Suja! OOh one of my fav Chole Bature. But my folks don't like chana much so many times I have to opt for other curries. Adding poppy seeds sounds interesting.

  25. wow.. delicious recipe... looks fabulous..

  26. My hubby's usual order when we go out for indian eat outs :)

  27. Wow!!super delicious and perfectly done chole bhature..looks so tempting...

  28. this is one of my fave combo...lovely pic.
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  29. Perfectly done Chole Bhature.Amazig clicks Dear.Yummy!

  30. classic dish from the north .. looks Yumm

  31. Very tempting recipe,chole bhatura looks very tasty.

  32. wow, my fav combo Suja..looks so tempting and delicious..good one !!

  33. wow, looks delecious! love that colour on channa.. :)

  34. Thanks but, bathura looks so thick.


  35. Wow. Chole looks inviting and delicious

  36. Thanks Rayappan,
    this was my first attempt for home made bhature..It was soft and less greasy but not perfect.
    Thanks so much for the link..Vahchef is one of my favorites..will surely try that and will soon add an updated picture :)
    Do visit again.

  37. Thanks all for the sweet comments:)

  38. Chole bature and biryani look deadly yummy Suja - hope your new year is off to a great start dear. Cheers, Priya

  39. My all time favorite one....looks delicious....


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