chole bhature recipe
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chole bhature recipe

chole bhature recipe - spicy chickpeas curry served with leavened fried bread. popular in punjab and parts of north india.
Prep Time9 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time9 hrs 30 mins
Course: breakfasts, brunch
Cuisine: north indian, punjabi
Servings: 2 to 3
Author: Dassana Amit


for pressure cooking chana

  • 1 cup dried white chickpeas (safed chana or chole) [canned chickpeas can also be used]
  • water as required for soaking
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water for pressure cooking
  • a pinch or two of baking soda - optional

other ingredients for chana masala gravy

  • 2 to 3 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional
  • ½ or 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups water to be added later
  • salt as required
  • 1 green chilli (hari mirch) - slit
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder or chole masala

whole garam masala (spices) for chana masala

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 large tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamom (choti elachi)
  • 2 to 3 black peppercorns

ground paste ingredients

  • 1 medium size onion - chopped
  • 2 medium size tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 inch ginger (adrak) - chopped
  • 4 to 5 medium sized garlic cloves (lahsun) - chopped
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch) - chopped


pressure cooking chole

  • rinse the white chickpeas (chole or chana) a couple of times in water. then soak the chickpeas in enough water overnight or for 7 to 8 hours.
  • next day drain all the water and cook the chole with water+salt in a pressure cooker or a pot.
  • you can also add a pinch or two of baking soda while cooking the chole.
  • drain the water and keep the chole aside.

making chole masala gravy

  • in a grinder or blender take 1 medium sized chopped onion, 2 medium sized chopped tomatoes, 1 inch chopped ginger, 4 to 5 garlic cloves and 1 chopped green chili. 
  • grind to a fine paste.
  • no need to add water while making the paste as the juice of the tomatoes will help in making the paste.
  • keep the paste aside.
  • heat 2 to 3 tablespoons oil in a pan or kadai/wok.
  • add the whole garam masala (spices) - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 large tej patta, 2 inch cinnamon, 2 to 3 cloves, 2 green cardamom and 2 to 3 black peppercorns.
  • fry the whole garam masala mentioned above till the oil become fragrant. but don't burn them.
  • add the ground paste and saute till the oil starts to leave the sides of the masala paste.
  • keep stirring often. saute for 7 to 8 minutes or till the oil starts to leave the sides of the masala paste. stir while sauteing so that the paste does not stick to the pan.
  • next add all the dry spice powders - ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi), ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder), 1 pinch asafoetida (optional) and ½ or 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur).
  • mix very well and saute for a minute. now add the cooked chole and stir.
  • add 1 to 1.5 cups water or add as required. also add salt as per taste and mix well.
  • simmer chana masala gravy on a low or medium flame for 12 to 15 minutes or till the curry thickens. don't cover the pan. stir occasionally.
  • mash a few chickpeas with the back of spoon. this helps in thickening the gravy.
  • lastly add 1 slit green chili and 1 teaspoon garam masala powder or chole masala powder. mix well and simmer for a minute or two.
  • check the seasoning and add more salt or spice powders if required. garnish chole masala with coriander leaves.
  • you can also garnish the chole with some slit green chilies and ginger julienne.
  • serve chole with onion slices, lemon wedges along with bhatura. enjoy the chole bhature.


for bhatura recipe you can read the following step by step recipes:
  1. bhatura recipe
  2. quick aloo bhatura recipe
  3. easy bhatura recipe
  4. quick bread bhatura recipe