Chole bhature is a very famous punjabi dish. I still remember the time when making bhatura (the bread) seemed impossible. My mom used to get bread from the bakery but it never gave that satisfying crispy, oily bhaturas feeling. In Kuwait, we have this restaurant called Amman Bhelpuri that has all kinds of indian chaats and street food. And they make these amazing, round and crispy bhaturas which always made me wonder if we will ever be able to make it like them. With a little inspiration and family craving for chole bhature, I started searching for the recipe. I read too many but finally found this one worth trying as it had ingredients which were easily available at hand. Believe me folks, you are going to love this recipe. It turns out amazing for me every time, hope it does for too. Thanks.
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:
More maida and less wheat flour
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
In a pan add oil, bay leaf, cinnamon, cumin seeds, cloves, whole pepper corns, green and black cardamom.
After it gets brown add chopped onions and saute it.
After sauteing add chopped ginger and garlic.
Then add turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, asafoetida, salt and fry well.
For de glazing the pan add little water.
Before adding the chole, make sure to mash at least 1/4th of the chick peas.
Now add the chole (soaked overnight and pressure cooked) to the masala.
After stirring well add tomatoes, little sugar and salt to the chole (chickpeas)
Now add ajwain, chopped green chilies and water for the base.
To get the color in the chole, add a tea bag to the masala.
Simmer the chole gently for an hour and cover it.
Add lime juice and a dollop of butter to it.
Garnish the chole with coriander and butter.
Serve the chole hot with bhaturas.
For the bhaturas:
Knead the whole wheat flour, maida and salt together with adequate amount of water.
Sprinkle the yeast on top. Leave it for 2-3 hours for the yeast to work.
Divide it into equal portions. Roll out in an oval or round shape.
Deep fry till golden brown, like a puri.