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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Chole Bhature

This is another tasty dish, popular with everyone all over India. Bhatura is a delicious fried Indian bread, which is served with a chick-peas curry, slightly tangy in taste.


Refined flour or Maida : 4 tea cups
Egg : 1
Yogurt or curd : 5 tbsp
Salt : 1 tsp
Baking powder : 1 tsp
Warm water : ¼ cup
Cooking oil : to deep fry

Seive the flour, baking powder, and salt on to a large plate or bowl. Make a depression in the centre, and break in the egg. Add the yogurt and knead. Add the warm water as required and knead firmly into a soft pliable dough. Cover with a damp cloth, and keep aside for 2 hours.

Make balls (lemon sized) of this dough (makes around 12-13 balls), roll out on a floured board and deep fry in hot oil. Unlike poori’s the bhatura is rolled out slightly thick. When immersed in hot oil, it will puff up. Fry to a golden brown, remove and serve hot with chola.

Chola or Chick peas curry

Chick peas boiled : 3 cups
(Soak overnight and pressure cook the next day with required salt and ¼ tsp baking soda)

Onions : 2 medium sized, chopped
Tomatoes : 2 med sized chopped
Green chillies : 3 whole
Ginger : 1 tbsp. chopped
Garlic : 1 tbsp chopped
Lemon : one half
Chilly powder : 1 tsp
Coriander powder : 1 tsp
Turmeric powder : ¼ tsp
Jeera powder (cumin) : 1 tsp
Garam masala : ½ tsp
Cumin seeds : ½ tsp
Salt : as required
Coriander leaves : 2 tbsp chopped
Oil : 3 tsp

Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan, and add the cumin seeds. After they splutter, add the chopped onions and whole green chillies and sauté till light brown.
Add the chopped ginger and garlic and fry further for a few minutes.
Now add the chilly, coriander, turmeric and jeera powders and fry for a minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till sloppy. You can add a bit of salt to hasten the process.
Put in the boiled chick peas or channa and add the garam masala and required salt. let it cook for some time. add the coriander leaves and squeeze half a lemon for a tangy taste. You may garnish it with onion rings and lemon quarters.
Serve hot with Bhatura.

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