07 February, 2010

Punjabi Chole with Bature/Chole Bature

Avi loves chole and I thought it will be the perfect accomplice to the sinfully puffed puris and smoothly killing sheera (kesari to some) for our little brunch party at Shobha aunty's place. Why am I denunciating the benevolent food? I was to cut on sweets and fried stuff till the day I am satisfied with the number the weighing scale needle points to. However, I did consume the puris and sheera in controlled amounts (thankfully!).

I have used fresh chole masala and not any branded one in the store.Yes, people did find the difference and it did win be a couple of accolades. We all devoured the brunch in silence. The hot puries with chole and sheera did make a satisfying yummy meal.

The bature is a bonus recipe today. Made it a couple of days back and goes perfect with chole. All you need is some sliced onions smeared with lime or vinegar with some crushed pepper on top to go with the delectable chole bature.

Punjabi Chole:-

2 -2.5 cups of soaked/caned garbanzo beans
1 medium sized onion chopped finely
3 tbl spns of oil
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 t spn of red chilli powder
1/4 t spn of amchur powder

1/4 chat masala (Optional-I add this if I plan to have chole with Aloo Tikkis)
1 tsp of garam masala 
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp of anardana powder 

salt to taste

Pur'ee and Paste:-
3 medium sized tomatoes + 2 green chillies to be pureed (or chopped if they are juicy tomatoes)
1 tbl spn of ginger-garlic paste

Masala to be ground (Dry powder):-
1 inch cinnamon

1 javithri
1/2 tsp dry roasted jeera/cumin seeds
1/4 tsp dry roasted coriander seeds
1/8 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp saunf
1 small brown cardamoms
1 green cardamom
3 cloves


Take a pressure cooker/Heavy bottom cooking vessel.
Heat 3 tbl spns of oil in it.
Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, ginger-garlic paste, chopped onions and fry well for 5 mins.
Add the dry ground masala. Cook for about 5 mins.

Add the tomato-green chillies puree, red chilli powder, garam masala,amchur powder, anardana powder, salt,chaat masala powder(optional) and cook for 5 mins.
Add the chana and 1/2 cup of water.
Cook closed till the consistency gets thick and the oil separates out. You may
add 1/4 glass of water if the mixture gets too thick. Stir occasionally (once in 5 minutes) while cooking. Keep the flame at medium heat.
Garnish with some chopped onions, coriander leaves, tomatoes and green chillies (optional)

** I pressure cook the chana for 2 whistles to get the thick consistency. It gets easy and saves time.

2 cups of APF/maida
1/4 cup sooji /semolina (optional)
2 tbl spn yogurt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbl spn oil
Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients and knead well using enough water to make soft, pliable dough.
Cover it with wet cloth and keep it in a warm place for 2-4 hours.
Make a golf ball sized ball and roll them into oval shaped puris with ¼ cm thickness.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan and fry baturas till they turn light golden color.
Serve them with Chole and sliced onions.

Sending this to "MLLA-20" hosted by rachel and is the brainchild of susan and to the "Combo Event" hosted by Pari


meeso said...

Hmmmm, that looks mouthwatering! This is a favorite of mine and your recipe really looks awesome!

? said...

Looks scrumptious!Good post Preethi!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Creamy and mouthwatering Chole bowl... Looks tempting, and makes me hungry now... Hey Preety, do send this to the combo event @ http://cooking-goodfood.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-100th-post-jackfruit-biryani-raita.html... This would be a perfect entry there!!!

? said...

And Thankyou for sharing the recipe for the Masala powder; have marked it.

Nithu Bala said...

Looks so tempting..very delicious dear..

Devi Meyyappan said...

OMG!.. totally tempting!.. I feel like having it right now!.. soo good and beautifully pictured!!:)

Ambika said...

Chole Bhature looks awesome! Your pictures are making me crave for some right now :)

PJ said...

wow, Preeti, chhole bhature look so awesome! beautiful clicks too. I use chaat masala in chhole too sometimes, it brings such a nice lively flavor to the chhole!

ARUNA said...

very tempting pics!!!!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks fantastic, perfect for the combo event.

kitchen queen said...

yummy mouth watering chole bature my favourite with a nice click.

Prathibha said...

Our family favorite..Love to have chole batura anytime....looks yummy

Pari said...

Dear Preeti, I love the Chole bhature and with the sheera an awesome trio to eat together. I personally love the tanginess of anardana so I know I will love ur version and freshly ground spices make it even more special.

Sushma Mallya said...

Perfect looking chole & bature...awesome clicks and recipe too is very nice...

Nithya said...

First of all.. amazing photography.. its so damn tempting that I could not move my eyes of it. :) yummy recipe

Priya said...

Definitely a delicious and beautiful combination..looks fantastic!!

sowmya.s said...

the picture makes me drool..should make them soon now..looks awesome..

The Princess said...

What a wonderful combination. I love chole Bhature. Making me hungry too!

Rachel said...

This looks like such a lovely meal. Thanks for sending your recipe over to My Legume Love Affair.

Padhu said...

Looks very tempting and delicious!
nice pictures.

Haddock said...

Long time since I had Chole Bhature

Siddhi S said...

wow this chole bhature r very very tempting...thy r making me hungry now...nice recipe thnx for sharing preety

Jyoti V said...

Beautiful combo...looks so tempting...nice click too


Wow looks so juicy and delicious! I love topping it with onions and lemon juice!Nice pics!

Preeti Kashyap said...

thanks everyone!

Deepa Raman said...

this looks like heaven...yum..dinner time is nearing and u r showing me cooking blues :)

R said...

hey this dish looks amazing! alwayz a hit at our table :) will try it our ur way next time with the authentic masala....Rupali