Learn How To Make Punjabi Chole Bhature | Chana Bhatura Recipe with easy step-by-step video instructions. Chole Bhature is one of the tempting and flavorful dishes from Punjabi Cuisine.
The combination of ‘Chickpea Curry’ and ‘Fried Flatbreads’ is known as ‘Chole Bhature’. This dish is one of the most eaten breakfast/snack in the Northern part of India. It can be also served as a breakfast as well as lunch or dinner.
How’s this week treating you so far? Mine is treating me in a special way. Because I am still down with that nasty cough and headache. And I so wish that I don’t have to write that flu thing again when I post my next recipe. I am letting the virus do its job and I am doing mine by keeping myself relaxed and hydrated throughout the day.
This time I am missing my mom so badly. I don’t know why I start to miss my mom whenever I get sick. I just want to lie down in my mom’s lap and do nothing. Mom’s lap is the best remedy for any kind of sickness.
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And when I was missing my mom then I found this recipe of ‘Chole Bhature**’** in my ‘recipes-for-blog’ folder. And before could realize anything, my hands were on the keyboard and I started writing this post.
Chole Bhature aka Chana Bhatura is a very famous Punjabi dish. Every single thought about this dish takes me to the nostalgic city through the memory lane. Chola Bhatura is from Punjab, and I never realized this until I was around 12 years because my mom used to make this often on Sundays for breakfast and sometimes for lunch. The menu always depended upon whether she had prepared the dough early in the morning or not. It was to be breakfast or lunch, this also depended on the weather conditions. If the weather was warm then the dough was ready in 2 hours and if not, then had to wait for few hours.
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I don’t know about my sister or brother if they ever got that spark whenever my Mom told in the night that she will make Chole Bhature the next day. And whenever I heard that from my Mom, I followed my mom to the kitchen, and watched her soaking the chickpeas, just to make sure that the next day is D-day. 😉
Then the next day morning, I used to watch her making the dough and asking her all the time, “Is the dough ready now?” And most of the times the answer was ‘no’ from my mom’s side.
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I feel so nostalgic when Adoria does the same. She gets so thrilled when I say that I am making pizza dough. I don’t make chole bhature often because the flatbreads are fried. But I often make the pizza and I guess the word ‘pizza’ gives the same kind of spark to Adoria. She always tries to stand beside me to watch the process when I prepare the dough and let it sit. The resting time is the toughest for her as well. She keeps asking the same questions: “Mommy, is the dough ready now? When can we make pizza? I am so hungry.” (She is always hungry for a slice of pizza 😉 )
So Adoria asking about the dough all times reminds me of mini-me. Childhood days are the best, and those timeless memories are so precious.
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What is Chole Bhature?
Chole Bhature is one of the tempting and flavorful dishes from Punjabi Cuisine.
This dish is one of the most eaten breakfast/snack in the Northern part of India. It can be also served as a breakfast as well as lunch or dinner. This is one of such dishes which you can find almost everywhere in India. Be it a restaurant, street shops, or roadside eateries, ‘Dhaba’, chola bhatura would be there.‘Chole Bhature’ is a hindi phrase, and in that ‘Chole’ aka ‘Chana’ is a spicy and tangy chickpea curry. The fried flatbreads are called bhature/bhatura. I am so much in love with this fried food Chole Bhature. The combination of ‘Chickpea Curry’ and ‘Fried Flatbreads’ is known as ‘Chole Bhature’.
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I prefer to make them for 2 reasons:
- Making them at home is super easy and healthier too.
- I don’t find any local eatery here, where I find Chole Bhature.
And writing the description of this dish is making me drool. So let’s get started before I drool over the laptop.
Some important tips to make your best street style chole bhature at home:
Always use a sharp knife when chopping onions and ginger. I personally love to use Sharp Japanese knives for all types of chopping.
Pomegranate seeds add a nice flavor to this chole recipe, so I would recommend using it.
Whole spices add a nice flavor to this chole, so adding all the whole spices is advisable.
To make chole richer in taste, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of ghee at the end of cooking. They taste great with the touch of ghee.
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