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Chole Bhature


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My earliest memories of Chole Bhature is of the one I ate at a popular eatery in Mumbai Known as "Cream Centre". On enquiring, I was told that the chick peas and spices were simmered together for hours resulting in a dish that a large number of Mumbaites relish even today! My version of chole is however, ready in minutes and is as delicious. I have also added tea leaves, which impart a dark brown colour to the chick peas which usually comes from simmering chick peas in an iron pot. I enjoy eating hot chole with tikkis, bhaturas, kulcha or simply topped on a slice of bread. Crisp, yet spongy bhaturas are used to mop up the chole. Traditionally bhatura dough was made using leavening agents like soda, curds and leaving it for hours to ferment before they could be rolled out and deep fried. This recipe of bhature is one that uses mashed potatoes to soften up the bhaturas. Moreover, also these bhaturas do not turn rubbery and chewy when they are eaten cold.

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Preparation Time : 
Cooking Time : 1 hour.
Serves 4.
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Ingredients



For the chole
1 cup kabuli chana (white chick peas), soaked overnight
1 tea bag or tsp tea leaves , tied in a muslin cloth (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 onion, finely chopped
12 mm (1/2") piece of ginger (adrak), grated
2 cloves of garlic (lehsun), grated
2 tsp chole masala
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tbsp coriander (dhania) powder
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For the bhature
1/2 cup plain flour (maida)
1/2 cup potatoes, boiled and grated
1 1/2 tsp oil
salt to taste
oil for deep-frying

For serving
1 onion, sliced
4 lemon wedges

Method

    For the chole

    1. Pressure cook the Kabuli chana with the tea bag for 3 whistles until they are soft . Drain and keep aside. Discard the tea bag.
    2. Heat the oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the onion, ginger and garlic and sauté till the onion is golden brown.
    3. Add the chole masala, chilli powder, amchur, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin seed powder and salt and sauté for another minute.
    4. Add the Kabuli chana and 1 cup of water and mix well. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep aside

    For the bhature

    1. Combine the flour, potato, 1½ teaspoons of oil and salt and knead into a firm dough without using any water.
    2. Knead the dough very well till it is smooth
    3. Cover with a wet muslin cloth and rest the dough for 10 minutes
    4. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll out into circles of 125 mm. (5") diameter.
    5. Deep fry in hot oil till the bhaturas puff up and both sides are golden brown.
    6. Serve hot with the chole, sliced onion and lemon wedges.

    Tips
    1. While frying the bhature, press the centre lightly with a frying spoon so as to help it to puff up.
    2. Chole masala is a blend of spices which is readily available at most grocery stores.
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    Foodie #523256April 27, 2011

    I never liked making bature cos they use soda. But when i saw this, i tried it for the first time ... and my husband is very choosy to say "Awesome".. But he said it .. Chole and Bature Awesome... We loved it :)
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    Reviewed April 27, 2011by Foodie #523256

    I never liked making bature cos they use soda. But when i saw this, i tried it for the first time ... and my husband is very choosy to say "Awesome".. But he said it .. Chole and Bature Awesome... We loved it :)

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    Reviewed April 17, 2011by Foodie #511938

    this is a whole new way of preparing chole bhature.....specially the bhatura is so easy to make in this way.....and it is tastier too.

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    Reviewed February 07, 2012by Foodie #560501

    love the bhature recipe! it is so simple and tasty,just like the ones in the famous delhi stalls!! excellent!

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    Reviewed December 26, 2011by Eat to live

    Very different way of making bhatura..I was looking for a yeast-free recipe of bhatura. Turned out awesome! I did add tomatoes when making chole. Great recipe.

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    Reviewed November 12, 2013by dive in food

    loved it simply awesome...

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