Chole bhature is a typical dish of north Indian cuisine. It is a combination of chana masala or spiced chickpeas and fried bread which is called bhatura, made with maida flour. The dish can be found in the regions of Punjab and is widely consumed in the northwest of India, in the regions of Gujarat and Sind. In Gujarat and in areas of Rajasthan dry cooking is usually done with strong spices.
Along with the chole masala it is available at street stalls selling food like chaat or snacks and in restaurants, usually served as breakfast along with a Lassi of fruit flavors. In Indian gastronomy it is very easy to find vegetarian or vegan dishes, since it is the country with the largest vegetarian population. It is easy and much lighter than other dishes of vegetables that we usually eat, so it is ideal for those who are on a diet or prefer a less caloric option.
It is a very spicy dish with a rather acidic citrus flavor. The ingredients that you cannot miss in this dish are onion, chopped tomato, turmeric, coriander seeds, garlic, ginger, chili peppers and the combination of spices known as garam masala. If you do not have one of the spices that are used to make the recipe you can replace them with others. It will not be the same but surely you will have a delicious dish.
You can use chickpeas if you are more comfortable and substitute the tomato concentrate for tomato sauce. The amount of water can vary depending on the flavor you like. We like rather dry, so maybe you want to add more water. As for the chilli, if you do not like the very spicy dishes it is better that you do not throw it because with the rest of the ingredients it will already be slightly spicy.
You can also include a wide variety of vegetables and spices according to the region. It is usually served as an accompaniment to a rice dish, to counteract so much flavor, and with lemon slices and fresh tomato wedges or with chapati bread or roti or with Bhuna Gosht or murgh makhani.
The dish is easily found in Indian restaurants outside of India too. It can be found with relative ease in the Indian restaurants of England and is one of the most typical dishes of vegetarians. If you are tempted to try a typical oriental and exotic dish, do not miss the following steps to elaborate it.
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per serving: 325 calories per 100 gms
2 cups flour
1 cup chickpeas
1 tsp yeast
1 cup yogurt
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp chilly powder
1 tsp dried mango powder
2 bay leaves
1 cup water
1 lemon wedges
Salt to taste
Mix flour, half of the yogurt and little oil without using any water. Add yeast and make a soft dough. Cover with a wet muslin cloth and keep aside for 2 hours.
Take yeast and soak in lukewarm water for 10 minutes.
Pressure cook the peas until they are soft. Drain and keep aside. Take oil in a pan and heat it. Add garlic, cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves and diced onions. Fry them till they are light brown.
Add turmeric, mango powder, coriander, chilly, tomato, salt and and sauté for another minute. Add the peas and water as per your choice and mix well. Simmer for 15 minutes. Keep aside.
Divide the dough into equal parts and roll out into circles. Fry in hot oil till it puff up and both sides are golden brown. Keep aside.
Serve hot bhaturas with the chole, sliced onion and lemon wedges.