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Guest recipe - Mandeep Kaur

Updated on April 11, 2015

Punjabi Chole Bhature

Ingredients For Chole

  • 2 cups Chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp Tea leaves(Optional), Tea leaves is used to get a strong brown color.
  • 3 Amla(dried gooseberry), Amla is used for coloring too
  • 3-4 Onions, medium sized and chopped
  • 3-4 Potatoes, medium sized and cubed
  • 2 cups Tomato Puree
  • 6-8 Green chillies, slit
  • Around 3 tsps Channa Masala, Can be adjusted according to taste
  • 8-10 tsp Oil

Ingredients For Bhature

  • Maida - 2 cups
  • Semolina or Suji - 1/3 cup
  • Baking powder - 1/2 tbsp
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tbsp
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Water - as required, for making the dough

Method- Bhature

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and make a soft dough with minimal use of water. Make sure it's not sticky. Add a few tsps of maida if the dough turns out sticky.
  2. Keep it covered and aside for at least 2 hours.
  3. After two hours, when you start making the bhatura, roll the dough in maida and make lemon sized balls.
  4. Roll them into rounds or shapes and fry it in the oil until golden brown.
  5. Serve hot with chole.

Method - chole

  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight. The next day, drain them and place them in a pressure cooker with 6-7 cups of water and a little salt. Tie the tea leaves and amla in a muslin or cheese cloth and add it to the chickpeas.
  2. Cook for 6 to 8 whistles or until cooked. Drain the chickpeas and save some of the chickpea cooked water(the stock) for further use. Discard the tea leaves and amla.
  3. Heat 3 to 4 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the onions and green chillies until browned. Heat oil in another pan and stir fry the potato cubes till golden.
  4. Add channa masala to the onion and green chillies and saute for a while. Then add tomato puree and mix and cook for a few minutes.
  5. Now add the boiled chickpeas and salt as required. Mix thoroughly and adjust the consistency with the stock reserved earlier.
  6. Serve hot with fried potatoes on top and with bhature.

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