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chole bhature

chole bhature is one of the most popular punjabi recipe which is now liked almost all over india and even abroad. chole stands for a spicy curry made with white chickpeas and bhatura is fried leavened flat bread.

chole bhature is a spicy, tasty and a heavy dish. i have eaten this dish at many places in punjab and delhi. each restaurants or dhabas have their own flavors and taste in the chole. in some places it is very spicy, at other places it has tangy taste and the consistency of the curry also varies from slightly thick to semi-dry and dry.

this recipe of chole has spicy flavors. this is my mom’s recipe of chole and unlike other versions of chole recipes posted on the blog, this one has a homely taste and flavor. it does not taste like the restaurant or dhaba versions but taste very good. if you are looking for restaurants versions of chole recipe then you can also check punjabi chole and amritsari chole recipe to go along with bhature.

even the bhature size and flavor varies from restaurants to restaurants. the bhature should ideally be less oily and should puff fully. they should ideally be eaten hot and fresh. if you parcel the bhature from a restaurant then you won’t get the real taste as they become limp and dense.

i always make the bhatura recipes which are already posted on the blog. bhatura made with wheat flour (step by step recipe) and quick aloo bhatura (step by step recipe) or this easy bhatura recipe (step by step recipe) or this quick bread bhatura recipe. i have not yet tried making any other version of bhatura as these work best for me always.

along with chole bhature serve the sliced onions, green chilies and lemon wedges. this a very filing dish and you might feel like having a short nap after eating it. ideal for weekends or holiday time.

the chole curry can be also had with pooris, naan or kulcha. they taste equally good with bread or pav (indian rolls).

chole bhature recipe

the chole have to be cooked fully. they should not be just cooked or al dente, they way they are served in many restaurants. they should be soft when cooked and melt in your mouth. however, care should be taken that they should not be over cooked or become mushy.

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check matar kulcha, aloo kulchaaloo poorigarlic naan, punjabi rajma, kadai chole and dal makhani.

chole bhature recipe below:

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chole bhature recipe
chole bhature - spicy chickpeas curry served with leavened fried bread. popular in punjab and parts of north india.
RECIPE TYPE: breakfast, brunch
CUISINE: punjabi, north indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
main ingredients
  • 1 cup dried small chickpeas or regular chickpeas/chole/safed chana (canned chickpeas can also be used) or 1.5 cups regular dried chickpeas.
  • 1 green chilli/hari mirch, slit
  • 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder/lal mirch powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder or chole masala
  • ½ or 1 tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing (optional)
  • black salt or rock salt as required
  • 2 cups water to be added later
whole garam masala/spices
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 1 large indian bay leaf/tej patta
  • 2 inch cinnamon/dal chini
  • 2-3 cloves/lavang
  • 2 green cardamom/choti elachi
  • 2-3 black peppercorn
ground paste ingredients:
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ inch ginger/adrak, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves/lahsun, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
for bhatura recipe you can read the following step by step recipes:
  1. first soak the chickpeas/chole in enough water overnight or for 7-8 hours.
  2. drain the water and cook the chole with water+salt in a pressure cooker or a pot.
  3. you can also add a pinch or two of baking soda while cooking the chole.
  4. strain the chole and keep aside.
  5. make a fine paste of the onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chili in a grinder or blender
  6. no need to add water while making the paste as the juice of the tomatoes will help in making the paste.
  7. keep the paste aside.
  8. heat oil in a pan or kadai/wok.
  9. fry the whole garam masala/spices mentioned above till the oil become fragrant.
  10. don't burn them.
  11. add the ground paste and saute till the oil starts to leaves the sides of the paste.
  12. stir while sauting so that the paste does not stick to the pan.
  13. add all the dry spice powders - turmeric, red chili powder, coriander and dry mango powder.
  14. stir and saute for a minute. add the cooked chole and stir.
  15. pour water. add salt and stir.
  16. simmer on a low or medium flame for 12-15 minutes till the curry thickens. don't cover the pan. stir occasionally.
  17. add slit green chilies and garam masala powder or chole masala. stir and simmer for a minute or two.
  18. check the seasoning and add more salt or spice powders if required.
  19. garnish chole with coriander leaves.
  20. serve chole with onion slices, lemon wedges along with bhatura.
  21. you can also garnish the chole with some slit green chilies and julienned gingers.
  22. enjoy the chole bhature.

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  1. Bhawna says

    Hi Dassana

    I tried ur recipe last evening. My husband is very specific abt cooking. Usually he says salt is nt fine. Taste is not up to d mark …but yesterday he appreciated like never before… i just love d way u bring ur recipes..u r blessed..

  2. Anagha says

    Hi Dassana,
    You are really a great cook dear! :) I recently made chole bhature as per your recipe and wowwwwww! they were sooooo tasty everyone praised at party. Thank you so much for your efforts. Not only chole bhature but I also have tried besan ladoo, paneer pulao, veg chowmein, mushroom pulao as per your recipes and all are SUPER HIT! I really feel happy that I am vegeterian and have your recipes for reference. your recipes always make my day. Thanks again dear. God bless :) :) :)

  3. Hemanth says

    This too was awesome Dassana. I prepared this today and my and her colleagues thought it was from a hotel. I’ve shared your blog with them too so that they too become amazed with your delicacies as I did. Thanks a ton once again for the detail that you bring in your recipes that adds the extra WOW factor which is missing in so many other blogs or online sites. I think its your passion for cooking and your commitment to your readers that make you special.

    • says

      thanks hemanth once again for the positive feedback. encouraging indeed :-)
      this particular recipe has a homely feel to it. but i have had similar versions in a few restaurants and in my office. the chole served there was very similar to this one. thanks also for sharing the blog with your colleagues.

  4. neha says

    Hi dassana,
    Big hugssss for making my party awsm…i made ur bhature n it was praised my everyone….i m out of india n indian restaurents are very expensive n not worth the money and none of restaurent will make with atta n i try my best to avoid plain flour.A big thanks from all the indians out of india whose life u r making it wonderful in ur ways…cheers

  5. pradeep kumar says

    I am living in hostel with my class friends when I make chola bhatura then my friend’s come and finsh it.and say superb recipe……

    Thank u……

  6. Ankit Kumar says

    Awesome recipe for make indian chole bature i like it and also i will be trying at our home…thanks guys love u…

  7. Nimisha says

    Love all your recipes, Dassana. I regularly check your blog for recipes. Parsi Dhansaak and Amritsari Chole have now become must-make-once-a-week dishes. Was looking for a bhatura recipe that did not have too much of maida and this seems to fit the bill. Will definitely try it. Great going. Keep it up.

  8. says

    Lovely clicks as usual Dassana. I agree that some times you dont feel like eating all gravies that taste like restaurant. Some times you want the home made taste. Looks yummy and homely!


  9. says

    This just ignited my favorite memory of Chhole Bhature at Ohri’s restaurant in Hyderabad over four few years back. They served such a hugggeeee bhatura, it was awesome!