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Chole Bhature Recipe

Mildly flavored chickpeas combined with onion-tomatoes forms a popular North Indian dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 PEOPLE




  • 1 tablespoon Pomegranate seeds powder (or whole seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander powder (sukha dhaniya) (or whole seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon Roasted cumin seeds (or regular cumin seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped Amla pieces (or amla powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kala namak (Black salt)
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder (or cinnamon sticks)


  • 1 medium Onion,chopped
  • 1 medium Tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Ginger
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon Oil


  • 2-3 nos. Big Green Chilies
  • 2 teaspoon Grounded mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Oil



  • A night before- clean, wash and soak chole overnight.
  • Soaked chole all puffed up.
  • Assemble all the ingredients needed to boil chole.
  • Drain soaked chole water and wash it under clean tap water.
  • Add chole to a pressure cooker and add all the ingredients one by one.
  • Pressure cook for nearly 20 minutes or until chole are soft and tender.
  • Keep it aside.
  • I prefer to discard boiled whole spices, mushy garlic and tea bags from the boiled chole.


  • Assemble all the chana masala ingredients.
  • Leave these four out - black salt, red chili powder, cinnamon powder and roasted cumin seeds....
  • Transfer all the spices to a pan and on a low flame dry roast all of the spices till they start omitting their aroma. Be careful not to burn the spices. Keep them aside.


  • Final step is to assemble the chole.
  • In a kadhai heat oil, add onions, ginger and saute for 2 minutes on a medium flame. Mix in chopped tomatoes, salt and mix till they are fully blended.
  • Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes till tomatoes are soft and tender.
  • They will look like this - all mushy.
  • Mix in the roasted dry spices and the left out 4 dry spices - black salt, red chili powder, cinnamon powder and roasted cumin seeds....
  • And give it a good mix.
  • Add 1/4 cup water and bring it to a boil.
  • As the oil starts to separate..
  • Mix in boiled chole...
  • And cook for another 4-5 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Bring it to a boil, add chopped cilantro leaves and mix..
  • Delicious and mildly flavored chole are ready.


  • Clean and wash green chilies.
  • Slit them lengthwise.
  • In a pan heat oil, add powdered mustard seeds, salt and green chilies.
  • Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on a medium low flame. Enjoy!!