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Chole Bhature - Punjabi Chana Bhatura

Chole bhature or chana bhatura is a popular Punjabi dish and most sought after one too. It is actually a delicious combination of two dishes chole and bhature.
Chole means a spicy chickpea curry and bhature is plural for fried flat bread bhatura. This dish served with some pickle, salad, chopped raw onions and lemon wedges is fondly called chole bhature. 
Prep Time4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time5 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 397kcal
Author: Harini


For Chole

  • 3/4 cup chickpeas dried OR 3 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf tej patta
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 3/4 cup onions chopped
  • 1.5 cups tomatoes chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons chole masala powder or chana masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger juliennes optional
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

For Bhature

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons rava
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying


Making Punjabi Chole Recipe

  • Pick, rinse and soak 3/4 cup kabuli chana or white chickpeas in plenty of water for 8-12 hours.
    soaking chickpeas in water
  • Drain, rinse thoroughly and cook the chickpeas until completely. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of baking soda if you like. You can add few tea bags or 2-3 dried amla while cooking chickpeas for dark color. To cook the chickpeas you can use an instant pot or pressure cooker
    cooked chickpeas
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy pan. Add a bay leaf or tej patta, 2 cloves, a small cinnamon stick and saute well. Add a teaspoon cumin seeds and fry well too.
  • Next add chopped onions and saute till they turn a bit soft. Add slit green chilies and minced ginger and garlic. Saute till the raw flavor goes off. You can add 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste too.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  • Add the required salt to taste, spice powders- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, 1 tablespoon chana masala powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder mix and cook till the tomatoes are mushy and fully cooked. You can add 1 teaspoon chilli powder for spicier chole.
  • Now add the cooked chickpeas. Cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes. Once done, remove from flame. If you are using canned chickpeas, drain and rinse thoroughly before adding. Garnish with cilantro leaves, ginger juliennes and stir in the lemon juice.

Making Bhatura Recipe-Fried Flatbread

  • Combine 2 cups all purpose flour or plain flour maida, 2 tablespoons sooji or rava, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar in a large mixing bowl. You can also sift the maida salt and baking soda first and then add the other ingredients.
  • Now add water in parts slowly and mix well. Knead into a soft yet somewhat stiff pliable smooth dough. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for 2-4 hours. You
  • After 4 hours divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a small circle or oval shape bhatura using a rolling pin. Roll 3-4 dough balls in the similar way for first batch frying.
  • Now heat oil in a pan for deep frying. Use a deep heavy pan for even frying. After heating the oil for 4-5 minutes, add a small pinch of dough to the oil. If it sizzles and raises after a second, oil is at right temperature for frying. A thermometer should read 190 C or 350 F.
  • Slowly slide 1 or 2 rolled bhature into the hot oil depending on the size of your pan. Cook for 30-40 seconds, it will puff up completely.
  • Now slowly flip and fry the other side. Remove the fried bhature to a plate lined with kitchen towel.


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 5mg