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Chole Bhature
  • Recipe Servings: 6
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  • Straight from a Punjabi kitchen - garma garam, chole bhature! Learn the art of making feather soft bhaturas served with chickpeas cooked in a pool of rustic spices.


  • For chole:
  • 2 cup chickpeas (channas)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 3-4 cloves (laung)
  • 1 tsp whole pepper corns (sabut kali mirch)
  • 3 green cardamom  (choti elaichi)
  • 2 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder (zeera powder)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida (heeng)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 tsp ginger (chopped)
  • 1 tsp garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tsp ajwain
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 green chili (chopped)   
    1 tea bag
    1 Tbsp butter

  • For the bhaturas:
  • 2 cups maida (refined flour)
  • 1/2 tsp yeast, dissolved for 10 minutes in luke warm water
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • Water to knead
  • Oil for frying


  1. For chole:
  2. In a pan add oil, bay leaf, cinnamon, cumin seeds, cloves, whole pepper corns, green and black cardamom.
  3. After it gets brown add chopped onions and saute it.
  4. After sauteing add chopped ginger and garlic.
  5. Then add turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, asafoetida, salt and fry well.
  6. For de glazing the pan add little water.
  7. Now add the chole (soaked overnight and pressure cooked) to the masala.
  8. After stirring well add tomatoes, little sugar and salt to the chole (chickpeas)
  9. Now add ajwain, chopped green chilies and water for the base.
  10. To get the color in the chole, add a tea bag to the masala.
  11. Simmer the chole gently for an hour and cover it.
  12. Add lime juice and a dollop of butter to it.
  13. Garnish the chole with coriander and butter.
  14. Serve the chole hot with bhaturas.

  15. For the bhaturas:
  16. Knead the whole wheat flour, maida and salt together with adequate amount of water.
  17. Sprinkle the yeast on top. Leave it for 2-3 hours for the yeast to work.
  18. Divide it into equal portions. Roll out in an oval or round shape.
  19. Deep fry till golden brown, like a puri.
  20. Serve.

Arvind Jain »» 11 months ago »»

For authentic taste, use only Desi Ghee and not any oil

Arshia Ali »» 4 months ago »»

Wow, Recipe padhke maza aa gaya. Aisa Laziz Khana mujhe bahut pasand hai.