Tuesday 7 June 2011

Chole Bhatura / Deep Fried Indian Puffed Bread with Chickpeas Curry

Bhatura, also spelled as Batura or Bhatoora is a very famous deep fried puffed bread common in North India. It is usually served with Chole or Chickpeas Curry or with any Chicken curry. There are numerous recipes for chole and bhatura around the net… Some used to make Bhatura with yeast and some with baking powder… This is how my mom used to make Bhatura and Chickpeas Curry at home… and I followed this recipe all these years and it always comes out perfect….

Bhatura (Batura / Bhatoora) / Deep Fried Indian Puffed Bread
All purpose flour/ Maida-250gm
Baking Powder-1/2 tsp
Baking Soda- ¼ tsp
Yogurt- ¼ cup
Sugar-1 ½ tsp
Sat – to taste
Oil for deep frying

  • In a bowl mix everything and make a smooth dough adding little water. Cover with a damp cloth, set aside and allow the dough rest for 4 hours.
  • Knead the dough again and make even sized balls and roll into thick round or oval shape.
  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying on medium high heat, put bhatura’s one by one, pressing down slightly with the back of a ladle so that they puff up into balls.
  • Fry both sides to a golden brown colour and drain on a kitchen tissue to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve hot with chole or any non veg curries of your choice.

Chole (Channa) Masala / Kadala Curry / Chickpeas Curry
1~ Chole/ Kadala / Dry Chickpeas -1/2 cup
2~ Ghee/ Vegetable oil-3 tbsp
Onion-1/2 cup, finely sliced
3~ Cardamom-3 nos
Cinnamon- 2 sticks of 1”piece
Ginger paste-1 tsp
Garlic paste-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder / Mallipodi-1 tbsp
Red chilly powder-1 tsp
Freshly grated coconut-3tbsp
Raisins-1 tbsp
4~Tomato -1/4 cup, finely chopped
5~Green chillies-3, slit lengthwise
6~Yoghurt-1/4 cup (not very sour)
Lime juice-1/2 tsp
7~Coriander leaves-2 tbsp, chopped
Mint Leaves- 1 tbsp, chopped

  • Wash and soak chickpeas over night in water.
  • Grind number 3 ingredients together (ie cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilly powder, grated coconut, cashew nuts and raisins) to a fine paste and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee or vegetable oil in a pressure cooker and sauté sliced onion until golden.
  • Add the ground paste to the onion and sauté well till the raw smell goes.
  • Add tomato pieces and sauté till oil starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Drain water from the soaked chick peas and add it to the sautéed mixture and mix well.
  • Add enough boiling water, close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for 20 minutes after the first whistle.
  • Let the pressure go down on its own, open the lid and add slit green chillies, yoghurt and lime juice and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Finally sprinkle with coriander leaves and mint leaves and serve hot with Batura / Poori / Idiyappam / Palappam / Puttu / Chapathi

Chole bhature

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  1. Looks too damn delicious :) Love it. The beautiful clicks make me crave for them :)

  2. superb chechi..orennam eduthote;)

  3. One of my fav breakfast..looks yuummmmm

  4. Looks simply amazing.. wonderful presentation !!
    Indian Cuisine

  5. Looks too good.. Very colorful and beautiful clicks..

  6. delicious combo....
    lovely clicks :)

  7. Perfect bhaturas, swapna! :)
    Loving the gravy too..esp the grinding part ingredients.
    Will surely try this method next when i make it!

  8. Perfect clicks very yummy it makes me so hungry..

  9. First time here dear !! u have excellent blog with nice collection of recipes !! Happy to follow u !!

    I love chole bhatura !! These look so perfect and yummy gravy !!

  10. This is almost the same way that we make Baturas at home.There's milk in our recipe.We both love it here but I limit it to once a month or so because evide deep fry cheythal, the smell stays in the apartment and I feel sick !

    Lovely pics! Chana looks creamy and delicious!

  11. love this combo..looks delicious..

  12. Bhatura looks so pretty Swapna and the channa looks so creamy and delicious!!Got to make it at home once,since it is so widely available in restaurants here,I lack motivation to make it at home!

  13. CHole and bhature makes me hungry,my fav combo..

  14. wow, looks perfect, very new combo !!!

  15. Perfect combo dear. Please ignore my previous comment about new combo, I was reading something else and commented here, love this of course, favorite combo :)

  16. My mouth waters seeing this tasty combination

  17. Lovely lovely .. pooris and me never get along .. got to give it a try again. Tempting.

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  18. Classic combo..always tempting...would love to polish off that platter.

  19. Truly a treat combo..lovely puris n cholay color is just outstanding! Tks for the recipes!

  20. Wow... Nice and tasty recipe. It looks mouthwatering.

  21. Woweee, this looks so delicious, I cant stop staring at it. I love how much dedication you have into making this meal! jess@ athriftyfoodie.wordpress.com

  22. Great recepie - but u missed to add salt in the channa recepie. thanks.

  23. Looks yummy! I am making this for dinner and will let you know how it turns out. My problem is, how do you get the oil to appear at the sides after sauteing? Thanks

  24. The dish came out well. The batura as yummy. Thanks!


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