punjabi chole bhature

Chole (Chickpeas) Bhature





10 min


30 min



Chole (Chickpeas) Bhature 

Total time is not inclusive of time taken for rising of dough for Bhature.

The ever popular, curried chickpeas with fried Indian flatbread! Easy and delicious!

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For Chole:

  • 1 cup ‏dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 large ‏red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ‏ginger paste
  • 1 tsp ‏garlic paste
  • 2 medium ‏tomatoes, chopped
  • ¾ tsp ‏cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ‏chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ‏garam masala (store bought Punjabi style garam masala or use the garam masala recipe given below)
  • ¾ tsp ‏kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 tsp ‏coriander powder
  • 1 ½ ‏Tbsp unsalted butter
  • To taste: ‏salt
  • 1 Tbsp ‏ginger julienned
  • 2 Tbsp ‏chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 Tbsp ‏oil(I use rice bran oil)
  • 1/2 tsp ‏turmeric powder

For Bhature:

  • 3 cups ‏plain flour
  • 1 tsp ‏active dried yeast
  • ½ tsp ‏sugar
  • 1 cup ‏yoghurt, beaten
  • 2 tsp ‏ghee
  • As needed: ‏extra plain flour for dusting
  • To taste: ‏salt
  • As needed: ‏Vegetable/Rice bran oil for deep frying
  • As needed: ‏water, for kneading



For Chole:

  1. Soak the chick peas in water overnight or 8 hours.
  2. Drain the soaking water. Add to a pressure cooker with salt and enough water to cover the chickpeas (1 or 2 inches above the chickpeas).
  3. Pressure cook for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and check that the chick peas are cooked. (I remove the chickpeas with a slotted spoon from the stock and put them in cool water briefly- to stop the cooking process. Keep drained. Reserve the cooking water (stock).
  4. In a pan/skillet, heat the oil and add cumin seeds.
  5. Once the cumin has popped, add the chopped onion and allow to soften.
  6. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and cook till the raw smell dissipates.
  7. Next, add the chopped tomato and cook on medium heat till the tomatoes are cooked down and you are able to mash them to a pulp.
  8. Once the tomatoes are mashed, add the chilli powder, turmeric powder  and garam masala. Stir and cook till fragrant.
  9. Also add the kasuri methi(crushed using your fingers) as well as butter. Stir till the butter melts into the masala, making in glossy.
  10. Add the cooked (drained) chickpeas and toss in the masala, allowing to be coated in the masala.
  11. Add more salt to taste as well as the coriander powder. Toss the chick peas lightly to coat with the coriander powder.
  12. Return the stock from cooking the chickpeas. You can add more water if the stock is insufficient in quantity.
  13. Bring to a boil and check seasoning once again(SALT).
  14. Once boiled, lower heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  15. The chickpeas should have a slightly creamy coating of the gravy.
  16. Garnish with the ginger juliennes and chopped fresh coriander.
  17. Serve with freshly made Bhature.


For Bhature:

  1. Add the yeast and sugar to half cup of lukewarm water. Set aside for 10 minutes, till frothy.
  2. Meanwhile measure 2 cups of the flour, yogurt and salt to a bowl.
  3. Add the proved yeast solution to the flour and stir with a ladle till it comes together.
  4. Add only enough water (very little) to help to knead the dough. At this stage, if it is too sticky, add more flour from the remaining one cup, to be able to knead the dough.  Knead till soft round ball and rub all over with the ghee.
  5. Cover and place in a draft-free space for 6-8 hours.
  6. Heat oil in a wok – for frying.
  7. Dust your hands well with plain flour and knead the risen dough once again.  You can sprinkle flour if the dough is too tacky. Divide into 10 portions.
  8. Dust the rolling pin and surface lightly and roll the bhature easily as round as you can get them without applying too much pressure. They must not be too thin.
  9. Check if oil is hot enough by pinching a tiny bit of dough into the oil. It should rise to the surface immediately if oil is ready.
  10. Add one bhature at a time into the oil. Press down with a slotted steel ladle. As soon as it puffs up,  to gently press the surface of the bhature to help it to puff up more. Once the bottom is golden, flip over gently and fry the other side. Press gently with side of ladle to halp it puff up again.Repeat with all the bhature.
  11. Serve hot with garnished chole and onion rings.

For Special Garam Masala:

For Special Garam Masala:  note that some of these spices are hard to find, hence using store bought garam masala is recommended

  •  4 Tbsp coriander seeds /sabut dhania
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds /jeera
  • 3 Dried Kashmiri Chillies
  • 1 ½ Tbsp stone flower/pathar phool/dagad phool
  •  4 Indian bay leaf / tej patta / tamal patra
  • 12  clove stems / lavang kandi
  • 10 cloves / lavang
  • ¼  tsp black pepper / sabut kali mirch
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds / shahjeera
  • 2 black cardamom / badi elachi, seeds and husk removed
  • 3 green cardamom / hari elachi / choti elachi, seeds and husk removed
  • 1 tsp  cobras saffron / nag kesar
  • 1 tsp saffron / kesar
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Method For Special Garam Masala:

  1. Add all ingredients to a frying pan (dry) and roast for 2 minutes.
  2. Add ½ tsp  sea salt  & Grind in a coffee grinder to a fine powder. Store in airtight jar.

Chole (Chickpeas) Bhature 

Key Ingredients: (Cholay) Chickpeas, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Tomato, Spices, Oil, Butter. (Bhature) Plain flour, Yoghurt, Yeast, Salt, Sugar, Oil.


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  1. yummy delicious chole… my family’s all time fav dish.. thanks for such a detailed recipe

    • Thanks so much Shubha! When I was young I could eat 3-4 bhatures in one sitting.. lol now 1 or max two but I do love em on occasion.

  2. Looks absolutely divine.a visual treat.our recipe is little different.we don’t add garlic.will share one day

  3. Simply delicious! A lot of flavors going on in this dish and I love it the way you made.

    • Thank you Nithu (am I right?) Sometimes these totally simplistic dishes are just the best mood enhancers 🙂

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