Chole Bhature


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Chole Bhature the all time favourite duo. Spicy chole served with bhatures made with plain flour and potatoes are soft and delicious.

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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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Chole Bhature recipe - How to make Chole Bhature

Preparation Time :    Cooking Time :    Total Time:     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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    Chole Bhature
    5
     on 02 Apr 17 08:00 PM


    I tried and liked it so much.. Best recipe.thank u for sharing.
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    Tarla Dalal    Hi Shital, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
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    03 Apr 17 08:39 AM
    Chole Bhature
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     on 24 Mar 17 09:50 AM


    Chole Bhature
    5
     on 19 Mar 17 11:53 PM


    Awesome recipe for bhatura! For the channa I too added tomatoes. Delicious!
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    Tarla Dalal    Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
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    20 Mar 17 08:48 AM
    Chole Bhature
    5
     on 17 Feb 17 01:12 PM


    Its really awesome thank you mam
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    Tarla Dalal    Delighted to hear that Rintu. Please keep trying more recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
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    17 Feb 17 02:43 PM
    Chole Bhature
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     on 12 Oct 16 01:55 PM


    Its help me for making tasty chhole bhature...thank you tarla dalal
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    Tarla Dalal    Thanks Diksha. We are delighted you loved the Chole Bhature recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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    12 Oct 16 02:05 PM
    Chole Bhature
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     on 03 Oct 16 05:08 PM


    Esme pani konsa use karna hai tea bag vala ya normal
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    Tarla Dalal    Hi Ambika, We have drained the tea water, and used new water.
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    04 Oct 16 08:53 AM
    Chole Bhature
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     on 02 Sep 16 06:22 AM


    Awesome receipe ! I just add little tomatoe ketchup to chole and it is awesomeeeeeee !! Bhature comes out really soft and nice ! Thank you !
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    Tarla Dalal    Thanks Shruti. We are delighted you loved the Chole Bhature recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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    02 Sep 16 09:29 AM
    Chole Bhature
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     on 30 Aug 16 07:51 AM


    i made this dish onr time but was useless as taste... but wow.... i just made it described by you... it''s awesome... so nice recipe description of chhole bhature.. . i loved it so much...so delicious.... thanks to u...mam... :-)
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    Tarla Dalal    Thanks Pathak. We are delighted you loved the Chole Bhature recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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    02 Sep 16 09:31 AM
    Chole Bhature
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     on 15 Jul 16 07:54 PM


    I have made the chhole by this recipe and they were simply awesome. Thank you!
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    Tarla Dalal    Thanks Archana. We are delighted you loved the Chole Bhature recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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    16 Jul 16 09:05 AM
    Chole Bhature
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     on 24 Jun 16 09:39 AM


    I like your recipes too much .awesome cholle
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    Tarla Dalal    Thanks Neha. We are delighted you loved the Chole Bhature recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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    24 Jun 16 12:22 PM
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