Chole Batura/Bhature

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. 🙂

Hop to Asha’s blog for more chole and Batura 🙂


31 Responses to “Chole Batura/Bhature”

  1. November 30, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    This got to be fav for many. Love it everytime. Thanx for the treat.

  2. November 30, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    YUM!! Looks delicious SP, I love the way Chole looks. Slurp!:)
    I will see you in 2 weeks, meanwhile I will try your chole too at home.

  3. November 30, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Love chickpeas! I cant wait to try the chole.

  4. November 30, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    An all-time favorite. I’m glad you used soaked the beans instead of taking the shortcut and using cans like I did the last few times! 🙂

    And those baturas look delectable!

  5. November 30, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    That fried bread looks amazing!!! Question – is that regular “all purpose flour”? I don’t know the word maida

  6. November 30, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    chole bhature looks so good! very tempting 🙂

  7. November 30, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks Rina & Richa.

    I hope you will like my lazy version of chole:). BTW i’m making ur butter naan’s

    Vegeyum, this is my shortcut version of chole.

    Kay, I do use canned one’s when I’m really lazy / instantly.

    Yes Jaden, its all purpose flour. Opps!! Thanks for remanding me. I will update it now.

  8. 9 TBC
    November 30, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    That looks so darn good! 🙂

  9. November 30, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    My husbands favorite combo, some how im scared of deep frying things, like poori, murrkku any deep frying for long time!!

  10. December 1, 2007 at 12:30 am

    For us this is a real treat.. having deep fried food. But now my taste buds are crying out for some yummy chole Bhature. Let me go and soak the chanas NOW. Your picture looks very delicious.

  11. December 1, 2007 at 6:09 am

    I love them, all tile favourite combo

  12. December 1, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Wow now that is one great meal. What a beautiful recipe it sounds and looks absoloutley delicious ! Wonderful post. 🙂

  13. December 1, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    what a yummy comboooo delecious

  14. December 2, 2007 at 3:55 am

    My kids’ altime favourite!..I too make chole almost the same way.Onion rings are preferred in my home!
    Adding potaoes to bhaturae is new to me..Wont it absorb more oil when frying?
    Simple and nice pics!.. 🙂

  15. December 2, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    I know I shouldn’t think of eating this late in the evening but your food is too tempting 🙂

  16. December 3, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks TBC

    Kalva, you use spatula( one with the holes) to slide the poori’s or carefully slide it from the edge and use a deep vessel to fry. Hope you will try soon.

    Thanks Kamini, glad I inspired you to make some. 😀

    mine toooo happy cook. 🙂

    Jeena, it really easy and yummy dish give it a try.

    Thanks Sagari.

    It’s my lazy & short cut version, so I just used few reserved onions for garnish :D.My husband loves onion rings slightly seasoned with chilli powder, salt n lemon juice along with some hot green chillies 😀 They don’t consume oil Bharathi. Infact they come out super soft. Give it a try.

    Cynthia, hehehe really 😀 I guess one bite is ok 😉

  17. December 4, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Hi padmaja
    chole bature looks tasty!!
    the pics are awesome.

  18. December 4, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    How did I miss this, was I sleeping or what ? You have made me hungry now. Love chole and bhature.

  19. 20 mallugirl
    December 4, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    what a delish looking plate.adding potatoes are new to me too.. do u still the slightly fermented taste of batura with it?

  20. December 5, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks and good see u back swapna.

    hahaha really, its still hot sandeepa. 🙂

    Shaheen if you want that fermented taste in batura’s add 2 tbsp of sour yogurt and instead of large potato use medium to mix and let the mix sit 30-45 mins.

  21. 22 irmi bloching
    January 21, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Great Chole recipe!
    Could you also share the OIL-FREE-RECIPE?
    Tnx so much!

  22. 23 irmi bloching
    January 21, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Great Chole recipe!
    Could you also share the OIL-FREE-BATURA recipe?
    Tnx so much!

  23. July 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    nice recipe…..i want to try it

  24. December 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Hey tanx a ton for the recipe….i tried n it came out really well….

  25. 26 Shobha gowda
    August 13, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Thanks:) it’s really awesome dish and my husband loves it..

  26. 27 Jyothi Kiran
    September 17, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Am trying this chole batura today lets see how it woks with potatoes for the baturas. Rest is fine.

    Jyothi Kiran

  27. 28 ranju
    November 3, 2010 at 5:46 am

    I and my husband we loved your chole bature recipe we made many times as i grew up with punjabs we would love to have more of your recipes plase thank you

  28. March 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Really nice blog..hw cn i follow u…g8…

  29. 30 Sidra
    March 29, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Hi, I typed up the ingredients in the order they appear in the recipe, since that is the conventional format…maybe it can help someone else.

    2 tbsp Oil
    1 small stick cinnamon
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    1 medium onion finely chopped
    2 tbs ginger-garlic paste (fresh/ store bought)
    2 Green Chillies finely chopped
    1/2 tsp Turmeric
    1/2 tsp Chilli powder
    2 tsp Channa/ chole Masala
    2 tbsp tomato puree
    1 medium tomato finely chopped
    1 c chickpeas
    1 c water
    Coriander leaves finely chopped
    Salt to taste

  30. 31 sai
    July 30, 2011 at 1:56 am

    i wana try it

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