Friday, 27 March 2015



This is a popular punjabi dish which is famous throughout India because of its awesome taste. The combination of chick peas curry with these fried, puffed bhatura has no match. The curry and bhatura together with some salad is a full lunch or supper meal.

In Delhi and punjab there are many roadside restaurants specialised in selling only chhole bhature. People come from distant places to eat at these restaurants, those who are famous for their quality and good service. These restaurants are always full of people.

I remember when I was in Botswana, once in the Hindu temple we offered these chhole bhature to the big gathering of around 150 people. At that time my family was sponsoring that night's dinner, all my friend helped me in cooking.

In the temple kitchen, all facilities are there to cook meals for big gatherings. For making chhole bhature,we had prepared the dough in a big machine, then 2-3 ladies were making the balls, 6-7 ladies were rolling the bhatures. In two big works, on commercial gas cooker, two ladies were frying and men were helping us in serving the bhature to the guest outside in a big open-air yard, where tables were set for the people to serve the food. They came out nice and everybody enjoyed the meal.



  • ½ kg dry chick peas
  • one big onion (200 grams)
  • one big tomato (200 grams)
  • a big piece of ginger
  • 2 tbs tomato puree
  • salt and chilli powder to taste
  • 1 tbs coriander powder
  • 1tbs mango powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 2 tbs oil

  • ½ kg all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • 1tbs oil
  • oil for frying.


  • Wash and soak chickpeas overnight in water, they will increase the size in the morning.
  • Boil chickpeas with salt in a pressure cooker for 10-12 minutes after the whistle.
  • Finally chop onion, ginger and tomato.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan, add cumin seeds, leave for few seconds to change the colour.
  • Add ginger and onion and roast till light brown, add tomatoes and other dry spices when tomatoes are done add tomato puree and a half cup of water, mix well.
  • Add this mixture in chickpeas and boil again for 5-7 minutes.

  • Mix baking powder and yoghurt in the flour and make hard dough with little water, leave it to ferment for 7-8 hours.
  • Once fermented divide the dough in 20 parts and make small balls and flatten them on your palms.
  • Heat oil in a wok on high flame.
  • Roll into a round shape of the desired size and fry them when the oil is really hot, till light brown in colour.
  • Serve with chhole and some salad of your choice.


  1. Great recipe, love the collection of spices you've used. Is Mango Powder easy to get hold of? I found you through #FoodieFriday

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog. You can easily get mango powder on Indian grocery shop.

  2. Those naan look so perfect, and chickpea anything is always a win for me! I love all the spices in your meals, it makes it so flavorful! Thanks for linking up with us Sadhna!

  3. An all time favorite, love this combo..

  4. I had not try them before. They look so yummy especially the fried puffy naan! They look awesome!

  5. i have been craving for chola bhatura for a loooooong now :) your post is so inviting

  6. This looks so yummy. I normally have them almost every month in Edison, New Jersey.

    1. Thanks Alok for your comment and for visiting my blog.

    2. I am drooling over it, once again. I would have them in the next couple of days ☺️

  7. This sounds delicious! I would have loved to be part of your dinner at the Hindu temple. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

  8. Delicious chole bhature, lovely combo, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul bloghop, pinning.

  9. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday, I've pinned this great recipe to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board.

  10. Thanks for linking yet another delicious sounding recipe to #frifree4all! As usual I'm drooling :-) Love naan breads so I'm sure id love these little beauties!

  11. I love chickpeas, and this dish looks yummy! I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. I hope you can make it again this week.

  12. I love your recipe, it looks delicious! These puffed naan remind me of the puris I had in Goa recently.

  13. Chhloe was the first recipe I blogged! I adore chickpeas. Thanks for linking up to Credit Crunch Munch.

  14. Hi di......This is really awesooooome recipe..I tried it...everybody at my home loved wht next step...should I do for being eligible for your competition.