Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Chole Bhature : Post 18


chole bhature is my second most favorite food in the whole world… ofcourse nothing can beat kadhi-chawal, but I like this one too a lot but everything about this one qualifies as sinful… fully sinful so its made very very rarely at our household… The chole is made pretty often and I have been thinking of posting them for a long time but somehow chole without the bhature seemed incomplete, so last sunday the sin was done when guests were over, so this post had to be this Friday… it couldn’t wait any longer 😉


Now that you have drooled at the above picture, here is the recipe


For the chole

  • 1 1/2 chick peas soaked overnight
  • 5-6 dry gooseberries (dry black amla)
  • 1 medium onion grated
  • 1 large tomato pureed
  • 1″ cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 4-5 peppercons
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 big black cardamom
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder
  • 2-4 tsp channa masala (depending on how spicy and masaledar u like ur channa)
  • 2 tsp anardana
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil

for garnishing chole

  • 2 onions cut in thin rings
  • 1 tomato cut in thin rings
  • a handful of coriander

For the side aalo

  • 3 large potatoes
  • 3 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp channa masala
  • 1 tsp anardana
  • 1 tsp tava fry masala (this is optional skip if u dont have)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

for the side mirchi

  • 5-6 green chillies slit
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder

for the bhatura

  • 2 cups maida
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • salt to taste
  • water to knead


the chole

  • Boil the soaked cholas with some salt, dry gooseberries and a pinch of turmeric in pressure cooker. After one whistle lower the flame and let it cook for about 15 minutes
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add cumin seeds to it
  • After they turn brown add all the sabut masala (bay leaves, cloves, crushed black cardamom, cinnamon, peppercons). Fry for 2 minutes
  • Add the green chillies and fry for 1 min
  • Add grated onion and fry till golden brown
  • Add the tomato puree and fry for about 5 minutes
  • Add all the dry masalas and fry for another minute or so
  • Take out some of the boiled channas and mash them well and roast for about 2 minutes or so
  • Add the rest of the boiled channas (don’t add the water yet) and mash very little and roast for another 5 mins.
  • Now add water and cook for another 5 mins
  • Garnish with cut onion and tomato rings and top with some fresh corrainder


the aalu

  • Boil the potatoes in pressure cooker
  • Peel and cut them in cubes
  • Heat oil in pan, add all dry masalas.Roast for 1 min
  • Add potatoes and mix well
  • Fry for 5 minutes or so

the chillies

  • Slit the green chillies from the center, dont remove the stalk, If u dont like it very spicy remove the seeds else leave them.
  • Mix all the dry masalas together and roll the green chillies in that
  • Deep fry to 2 minutes in hot oil


  • Mix all the ingredients together and using water and knead to form a soft dough.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and leave aside for atleast 1 hour or so
  • Make round balls and roll like chapatis and deep fry in hot oil

And now put them all together in a plate, add some green chutney and attack 😀


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26 comments on “Chole Bhature : Post 18

  1. Iya
    June 18, 2010

    i want i want i want!!!

  2. Munchkin's Mom
    June 18, 2010


    now the rajma one also please!

  3. Gayatri
    June 18, 2010

    looks yum. i did not know about amla. i thought you could use tea leaves to get the dark colour and anardana later for the khatta taste. I’ll definitely try this and also the aloo recipe sounds good, the new variations for me are the tava fry masala and the chana masala.
    thank you for sharing

    • monikamanchanda
      June 22, 2010

      yeah u could use that too but the original recipe asks for amla plus the tea bag leave a lingering tea taste in it which i dont enjoy too much

  4. Prats
    June 18, 2010

    Yummmy 🙂

  5. shilpadesh
    June 18, 2010

    Why why why do you post this when I am trying to eat right? 😦

    Sigh! looks absolutely yummy.

  6. Bharti
    June 18, 2010

    You cannot torture us like that Monika. 😦
    I think of dieting from today and here you are………..
    I want chole bhature NOW NOW NOW.

  7. Swaram
    June 18, 2010

    SLurp … I am done attacking 😉

  8. UmaS
    June 18, 2010

    Thats so yummy…now, I am going to soak the chick peas…it has to be done tomorrow…no more delays…Oh, God, how can I sleep with images of bhature hit me temptingly…

    Monu, how can u tempt us all like this ???? Its one of the girls’ fav food… 🙂

    • monikamanchanda
      June 22, 2010

      hope the girls like it u should bring them to blore I will make it for them

  9. Tes
    June 18, 2010

    I love those puffy breads! Yummm. The green chutney sounds delicious, too. Thanks for sharing.

  10. chatterbox
    June 19, 2010

    Look very tempting and from the recipe I can imagine it is super-yummy 🙂

  11. Meira
    June 19, 2010

    Wow! It looks so goooood! I so am going out for a plateful for lunch! It really looks amazing.

  12. Phoenixritu
    June 19, 2010

    I knead the maida in soda. That makes the maida bhatura lighter than it is otherwise. The bhatura also comes out really fluffy. You don’t have to leave it aside for an hour either

  13. Pal
    June 19, 2010

    And I am still droooooooooooooooling 🙂 Chole bature is an all time favourite…… yummmy!!!

  14. Indian Homemaker
    June 19, 2010

    Not fair!

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  16. Deeps
    June 21, 2010

    Goodness..June is also a month of food festival I guess..apart from naplobloblo of course!
    Thats looks sooooooo yummmmmmy! *Slurp*

  17. myamusingmind
    June 24, 2010

    Slurp..thats my MOST favourite food in the world. And I WANT IT NOW NOW NOW!!!

  18. Reema
    July 7, 2010

    just what I needed..Bookmarking the post for future use 🙂

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  20. Amitha Singh (@amithasingh)
    September 16, 2014

    What timing to be reading this Mon! I have been thinking about making Chole Bhature the past few days for the daughter. Yay, now I have access to a recipe too! 🙂

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