Cook's Hideout: Chole-Bhatura

January 24, 2013


Blogging Marathon #24: Day 1
Theme: Cooking from Restaurant Menus
Dish: Chole-Bhatura
For this month's final week of Blogging marathon, I chose a very interesting theme, "Cooking from Restaurant Menus". Valli gave us quite a few menus to choose from and I chose "India House Vegetarian Restaurant". 

There are way too many Indian restaurants in New Jersey that makes us too picky. Most of the restaurants are sub par and too expensive. All of the dishes taste the same with the same masalas and all the menus look the same too. There are probably only a handful of restaurants that we usually revisit while the rest are only one-timers. Moral of this story is I prefer going to non-Indian restaurants than Indian ones, mostly because I want to try and see what other cuisines have to offer and partly because going to an Indian restaurant costs more on the pocket with uninspiring dishes. 
When we are at an Indian restaurant, I like to order dishes that I don't usually make at home, may be the house specialties or specials for the day. Also I stay clear of deep fried dishes, so bhaturas, koftas are out for me. So thanks to BM, I've tried 3 new dishes that I've never made at home and have only occasionally ordered at a restaurant.
For day 1 under "Subah Ho Ya Shyam" section, I've ordered/ made "Chole-Batura". This is the first time I've made bhaturas at home and I had my mom help me with the dough and the frying, so officially my mom made them and I'm taking the credit :-) I added some whole-wheat pastry flour that I had to use up, to add some fiber to the bhaturas.

All purpose flour (Maida) - 2cups
Whole-wheat Pastry flour - 1cup
Yogurt - ½cup
Baking powder - 1tsp
Baking Soda - ½tsp
Oil - 2tsp
Salt - 1tsp

  • Mix all of the ingredients and using enough warm water form a stiff dough. Knead for 1-2 minutes. Cover with damp cloth and let rest for 2-4 hours.
  • The dough will get slightly puffy after resting. Divide the dough into equal pieces, we got about 16-18 medium size pieces. Roll them between the palms into a smooth ball. Roll into a 4-5" circle. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Deep fry in hot oil pressing lightly to puff up and golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve hot with chole.
Chickpeas - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Tomato sauce - 1cup
Ginger + garlic paste - 1tsp
Ground Coriander - ½tsp
Red chili powder - 1tsp (or to taste)
Turmeric - ½ tsp
Aamchoor powder (dry mango powder) - ½tsp
Chole Masala - 2tsp (I use Badshah Brand masala)
Salt - to taste
Cilantro - finely chopped, for garnish

  • Soak chickpeas in lot of water overnight or for at least 6 hours. Then pressure cook them for 3-4 whistles until tender. Grind ½ cup of the cooked chickpeas into a smooth paste. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan; add onions and cook until translucent. Add ginger + garlic paste and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Next add tomato sauce, all the dry masalas and salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the cooked chickpeas along with the ground chickpea paste and 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add more water if the xurry looks too dry.
Garnish with Cilantro, chopped onions and lime wedge; serve with bhaturas or puris or rotis.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 24.


  1. That looks so much like restaurant!!!! very nicely done!!! and those onion rings garnish are so picture perfect!!!

  2. Chole abd bhatura,a prefect combo ,they are made for each other,beautiful dishes;

  3. This is one of my fav dishes and trust me or not I like it homemade better than the outside versions. Yumm pics! :)

  4. awesome pictures..i love the way you presented it..keep rocking..

  5. Wow!!drooling over the picture,perfectly made chole-bhatura..wonderful clicks..
    Are you taking the pictures in the deck Pavani?lots of natural light..

  6. Wow awesome dish.Mouthwatering here....

  7. The platter looks inviting. I make the chole almost your way. I don't make fried breads that often and that too with all purpose flour. And so, bhatures are never made at my home too. I made luchis a couple of times though.

  8. Looks perfect and the color is gorgeous!

  9. bhaturas are one of the flatbreads I have yet to try - looks so good

  10. my mom used to make this for my younger brother. And he would finish off the whole puri in one go. The excitement of seeing such a big puri itself is something to watch :)

    The curry and the bature looks fantastic!

  11. I love chola bhatura... look perfect and awesome click

  12. The entire setting looks restaurant style you to do that..:)..I can have these two anytime of the day, really..


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