Chole Bhature

bhatura chola

Chole Bhature

Chole Bhature is a very popular dish when eating out. It is a mini meal generally served with pickle and tomato onion salad. In restaurants you get these huge ballon like bhaturas that are simply hard to resist.

chole bhature

Everybody has a different taste in our house so they want to order different dishes but as food starts coming to our table everybody wants to eat everything. So whenever we are eating out we order one plate each of chole bhature, masala dosa and chowmein. Then we start thinking about rest of the order. 🙂

chole bhature 3

Though Bhatura is deep fried food its dough is fermented so we do not mind eating it. And chole as we all know are protein packed.

My kids love to eat chole bhature and I love making them at home. These hardly take any time to make. Soak channa in the morning. Prepare the dough and leave it to ferment. So when you come in kitchen in the evening you feel like there is not much left to be done. And these fry really fast.
yummy chole bhature 1

How to make Bhature
Preparation time: 10 minutes
fermenting time: 5-6 hours
Makes around 15 bhature ( number of bhature will depend on size)

For Bhature:

2 cups Maida (plain flour)
½ cup sour curd
¾ cup water
Oil for deep frying

To make Bhature

Add water to the curd and mix properly. If my curd is not very sour I generally leave it out of fridge for 1-2 hours.

flour for bhaturaIn a wide bowl take maida and with the help of water curd mxture make smooth dough. Use more water if needed. dough for bhaturaLeave it covered for 5-6 hours for dough to rise. In winters you might need to keep the dough out in sun for it to ferment properly. But in summers you can keep it indoors.

dough for bhatura 1 Your dough will rise after fermentation.

ball of dough Take a ball of dough.

dough 2 Press lightly between your palms. Grease the rolling pin and chakla/board with oil.

dough 1 Roll out the dough to an oblong shape.

bhatura Heat oil in kadai . When oil is hot fry one bhatura at a time. Slip bhatura in hot oil and let the bhatura inflate and turn light brown. Turn it over and cook the other side also.

Oil is quite hot for frying bhature so you have to be quite careful while frying.

Drain on a tissue paper or newspaper to remove the excess oil. Serve with hot chole.


bhatura 1

For Chole:

I cup Chole( Chickpeas) soaked in 3 cups of water for 7-8 hours
1 tbsp chana daal soaked for 30 minutes
salt to taste (around 2 tsp)
1/2 cup grated lauki/bottle Gourd ( optional)

Note: Adding lauki to chole while boiling is optional but I strongly recommend it. This way you can sneak in lauki(most difficult vegetable to feed kids) in your kids diet without their knowing it. It blends in the gravy and is undetectable 😉

For gravy:

2 large tomatoes
1 fresh green chilli cut into small pieces
1 tbsp ginger

1 tbsp oil
½ tsp asafetida
½ tsp Jeera (cumin seeds)
2 tej patte (bay leaves)

½ tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp channa masala (I use Everest)

½ tsp garam masala
Fresh coriander leaves to garnish

Serve with:
mango pickles
pickled ginger


To make Chole

Pressure cook chole and channa dal with salt for 25-30 minutes (Two whistle on high and then turn the flame to low. Let it cook on slow flame). Add more water if required. I generally keep 3 cups of water for 1 cup chole.

Cut tomatoes into small pieces or puree them with ginger and green chillli in blender. I puree them as my son does not like tomato pieces in it.

Meanwhile to prepare masala, heat oil in a kadhai. Add asafetida, jeera and tej patta. When jeera starts to crackle add chole masala and red chilli powder. Immediately add tomato puree while stirring continuously. Cook for some time till oil separates.

When steam escapes, open the cooker and check whether the chole are soft and cooked properly or not. If not cook them again for some time. If they are properly cooked add them to the gravy and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add water if needed. Add garam masala to
the chole.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with bhature.

chole with bhature


Here is the verdict 🙂

verdict  verdict 1

Enjoy Chole Bhature at home.

chole bhature 8

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23 Responses to Chole Bhature

  1. Hi Nidhi,

    I was looking for Chola bhatura receipe from a long time, finally got it. I’ll definitely try It out. I have few doubts though, don’t we need salt in Bhatura dough and is Onion not required for Gravy?

    • Nidhi says:

      Hi Devika. I do not add salt in the bhatura dough. There really is no need as we eat these with chole.
      If you want you can add onions to the gravy. WE like it without onion that is why I do not add them.

  2. Mamta says:

    Hi Nidhi
    Thanks a lot for the recipe. Enjoyed lovely bhaturas today, thanks to you. You have a beautiful blog.


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  4. janu says:

    B0okmarked this…I love chole bhature.

  5. Pratibha says:

    I am just superbly hungry now!

  6. Roshni says:

    Mmmm!! Looks yummy! I’ve never made bhature before, so I’ll definitely follow your recipe!
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  7. Swapna says:

    I think all families are like this. Everyone orders something and then when the food comes you always feel like the other person ordered better. And I have to say your Chole Bhature looks just yuuuuummmmmm Nidhi!
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  8. Anu Dev says:

    Oh god..this looks more yummy then the bazaarvala…am definately going to try this onboard.I never made bhature let me try this time.Hope it comes out well…

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  9. afshan says:

    U just spoiled my diet regime with these tempting pics and recipe 🙂

  10. Priti Singh says:

    My bhatura is never as soft as my mother makes…don’t we add baking powder or soda to the dough? Btw yours looks yummy! 🙂
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  11. so so Enticing….Perfect Chola Bhatura….Loved your detailed recipe style with pictures!!!! Happy to follow you!!! Please do my space too!

  12. Rachna says:

    Very detailed. I just love chhole bhature :)!

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