Spicy Chickpeas with Deep fried bread
Winter has knocked the doors, with shorter days and longer nights. Last week it was cold, gloomy, dark and raining. Even though it was thanks giving weekend my husband was working from home. After eating rice for two days continuously we were desperately craving from something spicy and hot. What else could be more comforting than “Chole Batura” which also happens to be one of our favorites.
Chole – Spicy curried garbanzo beans/chickpeas
Batura/Bhature- deep fried crispy yet soft bread made out of white flour
Generally chole is served along with batura/ bathure , is a mouthwatering dish originated from Punjab. Chole batura is also a popular street food snack in Northern part of India. Traditionally leveling agents like soda, yogurt and yeast are used in preparing batura dough and fermented for hours (4-6 hrs) and deep fried, which sometimes consumes lots of oil while frying. I was searching for an oil free batura recipe, I googled and found one on Tarla dalal’s website. I have been making it since then. Chole is also known as Channa Masala. Puri/Poori and Chole/Channa masala is another popular combination.
Ingredients for chole /channa masala
1 cup Chole /chickpeaks/garbanzo beans
(Wash and soak chole overnight. Pressure cook with little salt and water for 15 – 20 minutes. Do not over cook.)
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 tbs ginger-garlic paste (fresh/ store bought)
2 Green Chillies finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 medium tomato finely chopped
1 small stick cinnamon
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Chilli powder
2 tsp Channa/ chole Masala
Coriander leaves finely chopped
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Oil
Heat oil in a heavy and deep skillet on medium flame. Add cinnamon stick, cumin seeds and allow it to splutter. Now add chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and sauté till the onions turn soft and golden brown. Add turmeric, chilli powder and channa masala powder sauté for couple of more minutes. Now add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree and sauté till the oil starts to separates and tomatoes becomes soft and mushy. Drain the excess water from the cooked beans add it to the skillet with salt and 1 cup water and mix well. Turn the heat to low and cover the lid. Let the mixture cook slowly on low heat for 20 minutes so that masala can blend well. Keep stirring in the middle. Add the chopped coriander leaves, stir well and turn off the heat. Reserve few coriander leaves and chopped onion for garnish.
Ingredients for Batura/Bhature
1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
1 cup potato, boiled and grated (1 large potato)
2 tsp oil (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying (1 ½ to 2 cups)
¼ cup plain flour for dusting
Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, add grated potato, oil and knead into firm dough without using any water. Knead the dough very well till it is smooth and pliable. Cover with a wet muslin cloth and rest the dough for 10 minutes. Divide the dough into equal parts and roll out into circles. Mean while heat oil in a deep pan or skillet, fry batura’s one at a time till the baturas puff up and both sides are golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towel and keep warm while you fry the remaining.
Serve hot with the chole, sliced onion and lemon wedges.
Notes and Tips
You can use canned garbanzo beans to avoid soaking and cooking. Drain all the liquids, rinse thoroughly and use the beans. You can use canned tomatoes/puree to substitute fresh tomatoes and you can use garam masala instead of channa masala or both. For thick gravy mash few cooked beans while simmering. You can serve chole with puri, naan, roti, paratha, kulcha or even with rice. Actually I was in a hurry so just too couple of pictures before everything gone. I will update it with better one’s soon. :)