There is no north Indian caterer, who would not be judged on his skills, by this dish. The quintessential 'Punjabi Chole' or 'Channa Masala' .Better known as the versatile chickpeas curry.Use it for main course, as the mighty Chole.Use it in appetizer like 'Chole tikki' by serving fried potato patties and chutneys mint & tamarind/date.As 'Chaat' by topping a samosa or kachori. Serve it as breakfast as the 'Channa bhatura' or 'Chole Bhature'.Basically,fried pancakes served with chickpeas.
This is one of the best served snacks and breakfast.You will fall in love with this curry over and over again.You can make it many ways.Also, serve it in many ways.
Serve it with rice or tandoori roti if making it vegan.
For a vegan option,serve it with chapathi or bread.
Other ways of serving it for vegetarian options,serve it with chapati/kulcha/naan or the best Bhature.Pickled onions and lemon wedges go well with this meal.
Ways of making Chickpea curry/chole
Method 1: Make your own spice blend as in the below recipe.Soak chickpeas overnight and make it the traditional way.
Method 2:Use canned chickpeas work for a quick fix of making the curry.This works if you got no time to cook.
Or Method 3: Soak chickpeas in hot water for 3-4 hours if you want to make it for dinner.
Although there is nothing like making it from scratch.
I even love eating some boiled chickpeas on-the-go while I cook.
Best part of this gravy is it makes the dish plentiful.You serve it with love and richness.
Why this bhatura is better than normal bhatura?
There are ways of making bhature too.
Method 1: Use plain flour + yeast
Method 2: Use plain flour +soda+ yogurt
Or Method 3: Use plain flour+ wheat flour ,results in darker ones.
Traditional method is using plain flour and frying it.However,the plain flour ones get really rubbery and hard to eat if you leave it for a while.You cannot eat them on room temperature.We gave it much thought.How to improve the bhatura?
Method 4: Our method below with flax-seeds.
We added flax-seeds to this traditional recipe.
Use our method to make bhature with a difference.Flax seeds increase elasticity yet doesn't give you that rubbery feel at room temperature.Fiber content of bhatura also improves and thus,your junk food becomes tad bit healthy.One big concern for all mums with growing toddlers and kids.
Why is there undying love for chole bhature?
There are many people who owe a living to chole bhature or chole kulche across north India.Some sell it on carts while others at their hotels or sweet-shops.There is one chola bhatura counter at every north Indian wedding.It is the first choice of snack at get-togethers and birthday celebrations at home.Such is the love for this chickpea masala.
The taste may vary and change with every cook in the house yet it conquers all.
Steps to cook the channa masala/pindi chole
The masala mix for this recipe can be prepared in advanced and stored in the fridge/freezer for months.
Choice of ingredients that can add the sour taste to the curry.
There are different options to choose to add sourness to the curry. I prefer a combination of tomatoes and 'anardana'
Steps to make chole masala/channa masala
Step by step pictures for making the bhatura/fried bread
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