- 2 cups Chickpea
- 1 Tea bag
- 4 tbsp Edible Oil
- 2 chopped Onions
- 3 chopped Tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
- 2 Bay leaf
- 2-4 peppercorns
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- as required Salt
- 1 tsp Red chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 2 tsp Coriander Powder
- Some Ginger Juliennes
- handful Chopped Coriander leaves
- 200gms Paneer
- Mango or Green chilies Pickles
Chole bhature is a delicious spicy dish prepared with boiled chickpea sauté with onion-tomato masala served with bhature which is soft and fluffy and deep-fried in oil; its dough is made of all purpose flour or also known as maida. On the sides, you can serve raw onion rings, slit masaledaar green chilies or mango pickle. So, without any more ado, let’s go through the required ingredients and learn how to make chole bhature.
Preparing Chole: Take 2 cups of chole(white grams) and wash them thoroughly. Keep them overnight. Next day to your surprise, they will be bigger their actual size. And if by any chance you got canned chickpeas around you, grab em! and you're halfway through.
Take a pressure cooker and add chole into it. Then add 50ml of water and also add one large tbsp of salt, bay leaves, and a tea bag. Give it about 4-6 whistles and wait after that for 5minutes before opening the lid and checking if it's done.
Once the chole is done, keep chole aside and save the excess water, we will use it later as the stock in the masala.
We need to give onions a golden color. Just when it reaches this color, add ginger garlic paste, or you can also use grated ginger-garlic as well, both are good to go options. Allow them to cook, so that the raw smell goes away.
Now, for a perfect chole bhature recipe, throw in chopped tomatoes and toss well with some salt. It always helps veggies to cook faster. Tomatoes might take 5-10minutes to cook nicely. So wait till then and keep adding water if needed and keep on tossing it up.
Once you see oil appearing on the surface and tomatoes are all squished perfectly, its time to add the powdered masalas (salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chole masala) and give it a proper mix. Add required amount of water, or you can also use the chole stock that you saved. Now, so that masala will not get burnt at all.
We need to give this masala at least ten more minutes to cook. After that, add chickpeas into the kadai and stir gently. Keep on adding the chickpea stock as well, till you are satisfied with the gravy's consistency.
Garnish with some ginger juliennes, freshly chopped coriander leaves and paneer(Indian cottage cheese) cubes on the top. Your Chole Bhature Recipe is now prepared.