Chole Bhature:

Chole Bhature

Ingredients You'll Need Before we begin, gather the following ingredients for making Chole Bhature:
For the Chole Curry:
1 cup dried chickpeas (kabuli chana)
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 medium-sized tomatoes, pureed
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
3-4 cloves
2-3 black cardamom pods
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
Oil for cooking

For the Bhature:
2 cups all-purpose flour (maida)
1/4 cup semolina (sooji/rava)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup plain yogurt (curd)
1 tablespoon oil
Salt to taste
Water (as required for kneading)
Making the Chole Curry

Let's start by making the flavorful Chole Curry:
Step 1: Boiling the Chickpeas Wash the dried chickpeas thoroughly and soak them in water overnight or for at least 8 hours. Drain the water and rinse the soaked chickpeas. In a pressure cooker, add the soaked chickpeas along with enough water to cover them. Cook the chickpeas under pressure for about 15-20 minutes or until they are soft and cooked through. Set aside.

Step 2: Preparing the Chole Masala Heat oil in a deep pan or kadhai over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, and black cardamom pods. Let them sizzle for a few seconds to release their aroma. Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown. Stir in the minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped green chilies. Cook for a minute until the raw smell disappears.

Step 3: Cooking the Chole Curry Add the tomato puree to the masala and cook until the oil starts to separate from the mixture. Mix in the red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, and salt to taste.
Add the cooked chickpeas to the masala and mix well, ensuring that the chickpeas are coated with the spices.
Pour some water into the pan to achieve the desired consistency of the curry.
Let the Chole Curry simmer on low heat for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Making the Bhature Dough
While the Chole Curry is simmering, let's prepare the dough for the bhature:
In a mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, semolina, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add plain yogurt and oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Gradually add water and knead the mixture into a soft and smooth dough.
Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 1-2 hours to allow it to ferment.
Rolling and Frying the Bhature

Once the dough is ready, it's time to fry the bhature:
Divide the dough into small balls and roll them out into oval or round shapes using a rolling pin.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan or kadhai over medium heat.
Fry the rolled bhature one at a time until they puff up and turn golden brown on both sides.
Remove the fried bhature from the oil and drain excess oil on a paper towel.

Tips for the Perfect Chole Bhature To make the chickpeas tender, ensure they are soaked and boiled well in advance.

You can also use canned chickpeas if you're short on time.
Adjust the spice levels according to your taste preferences by increasing or decreasing the amount of red chili powder and green chilies.
For softer and puffier bhature, let the dough ferment for a longer time.
To make the bhature healthier, you can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use canned chickpeas instead of dried ones? Yes, you can use canned chickpeas if you don't have dried ones. However, dried chickpeas tend to have a better texture and taste.

Can I make the dough for bhature in advance? Yes, you can prepare the bhature dough in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Just make sure to bring the dough to room temperature before rolling and frying the bhature.

What can I serve as a side dish with Chole Bhature? Chole Bhature pairs well with sliced onions, lemon wedges, and a variety of pickles. You can also serve it with green chutney or raita (yogurt-based dip) for a refreshing accompaniment.

Now that you've mastered the art of making Chole Bhature, enjoy this delectable North Indian delight with your loved ones and savor the delightful flavors of this iconic culinary pairing. Happy cooking!


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