Punjabi Chole Bhature

By: Prasanna| Published: 7:25:00 AM

       Most delicious,finger licking good and restaurant style Chole Bhature/Famous Punjabi Chana Masala Recipe!

Here's another post which is very famous and well known, Indian Lunch/Diner/Tea Time Snack menu dish,it's the most famous Punjabi Chole Bhature/Indian spicy Chickpea curry.

In India and I think almost everywhere, every Indian restaurant/Indian fast food carts sell this dish and have it on their menu. Chole Bhature needs no introduction,nor anyone needs to tell what it is.
Well, but there are multiple ways to make Chole, and yes each way will yield you a different type of Chole than other.

I have been an ardent fan of Chole Bhature for years that I can remember.
I have tried Chole and sometimes just Bhature in so many restaurants/eat-out joints/take away Carts/food trucks, I have encountered.
Something that used to amaze me so much about this dish is that how come the same dish work out so nicely with slight alterations in spices and turn out so different.
I have tried various ways to try Chole with regular white Garbanzo/Green Garbanzo/Black Garbanzo beans. Only version of this recipe that was loved and relished was the one's with regular Chickpea's.

I have seen many people add Amchur powder/Dry Mango Powder to their recipe, also many people add a Tea Bag in the cooking when they cook the Chickpea's so that the dish gets a nice dark color.It's personal choice,how you want to enhance the taste of this dish as per personal preference. I tried adding Tea Bag but somehow the taste of final didn't suit well for me. So I tried another version of the recipe with some modifications to the recipe and it worked so well that it was polished off by my family.

Punjabi Chole Bhature Recipe

So, here I am sharing my recipe of Chole and Bhature too. Usually in restaurants when you order bhature they serve a HUGE poori which is quiet thick and heavy! Yes, just one BIG puri is enough to fill one persons tummy and you wont ask for second unless and until you have been hungry for years!
I had been to this restaurant and ordered Bhatura as a take-away and that one BIIIIG bhatura was more than enough for me. I could not finish it and left almost 1/4th of it.
Usually, Puri is thin and crispy and easily eaten but the Bhatura varies from Individual preparations and some make them huge,some make of medium size and some make them so thick that it's quiet heavy too!
I made the Bhature that went so well with my Chole that they were crispy,medium sized and perfect! I did not add any Baking Soda in making Bhatura as usually many people add it to give puffiness to the Bhatura. 

In my house,Puri is a very favorite dish that veryone loves to it. Specially when I make them for breakfast with variety of curries to go with it. I have shared already a recipe of Puffed Puri's
Here is a recipe of Masala Aloo that goes well with Puri or Bhatura too. 

Print Recipe

Punjabi Chole Bhature
Delicious Punjabi Chole Bhature Recipe - Restaurant Style Chole with puffed Bhature.
  • For Chole:
  • 1 Cup Kabuli Chana / Garbanzo Beans/ Chick Peas
  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 3 No Bay Leaves
  • 1" Ginger,grated
  • 4 No Garlic,cloves
  • 5 No Green Cardamom
  • 2 No,Onion,finely Chopped
  • 2 No,Tomato,finely chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • as per need Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 & 1/2 Teaspoon Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chole Masala
  • Powdered Spices(1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds,1/2 Teaspoon Cumin,1" Cinnamon,5 Cloves,2 Blades Mace)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lime Juice
  • For Garnish:
  • 1 No Onion,sliced
  • 2 Sprigs Cilantro,Chopped
  • For Bhature:
  • 1 & 1/2 Cup Maida
  • 1/4 Cup Sooji Coarse
  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil
  • Additional:
  • for Deep fry Oil
First,to make chole,soak the chickpea overnight in sufficient water.
In a pressure cooker, add oil .
When its hot,add bay leaves,1" grated Ginger,cloves,cardamom.

Add chopped onion and tomato,sugar and salt.
Fry till it gets mushy.
Add the spices here:turmeric,kashmiri chili powder,chole masala.powdered spices,coriander powder.
Mix this well and add water.
Pressure cook on medium heat for 25 minutes.
Once pressure released,add lime juice.

Serve with cilantro chopped and onion sliced.
To make Bhatura:
In a mixing bowl,add maida,salt,sugar,yogurt,sooji and oil.
Add little water if needed and knead to a soft dough.
Cover it with a damp cloth for 1 hour.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
Pinch dough balls and roll them applying little oil to the rolling board.
Deep fry on medium heat till done.
Drain on kitchen tissue paper.
Serve hot!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 Servings

Spicy Chickpea Curry Recipe

  • For bhature to puff nicely,press them gently at the center while frying.
  • To get the vibrant Red Color for the gravy use the Kashmiri Red Chili Powder.

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    1. This looks mouthwatering -- I love all the spices and can only imagine the tongue tingling flavors you've got going on in this one!

    2. This looks like the perfect comfort meal for fall and winter, there is an Indian shop near where I live and I can't wait to get the ingredients and cook this!

      1. Do try if you love some spicy food on your menu! Thanks :)

    3. That is so beautiful and flavorful sounding. A special treat!

    4. This dish has always been a family favourite the two's combo is just brilliant

    5. This looks so yummy. Full of delicious spices, a really lovely recipe

    6. what a great combination - looks delicious

    7. Oh boy that sounds really wonderful, I love a good chickpea curry!

    8. May be I am the only one, but I did not know what a Chole is but I know Bhatura is and love it. I will try his combination.

      1. haha :) no worries. glad you landed on my recipe. Thanks :)

    9. Hi, you didn't mention how many onions and tomatoes you used?

      1. Oh yes! Thank you for pointing out. I will update . Thanks:)

      2. Thanks a lot!!! I want to definitely try this

    10. I love the spices you have used. I think the husband will love this recipe

    11. That sounds like a nice cozy dish to serve up!

    12. Hey, this is the Best Chole Bhature recipe I have come across. Just one question, is it okay if I add amla to the same recipe for color? Thanks in advance.


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