Chole Bhature Recipe

How To make Homemade Chole Bhature

chole bhature

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It’s Monsoon and the season definitely calls for hot-steamy food. This and winter are two seasons where your cravings for ice-cream and desserts are overcome by the simple chai and hot-hot soft rotis dipped in some delicious spicy curries. Each one’s got their own unique favourites when coming towards food, but then there are some which can definitely be an all-time favourite and something not hated by anyone.

Chole Bhature is one such recipe which has been an age old favourite for a lot of generations. Originally a dish of Punjabi origins, this dish has managed to cross borders seamlessly and is now a favourite in most of India. Chole-Bhaturas have become hugely popular that you could easily find them even in restaurants from Kerala, Karnataka etc.

How to make perfect Chole-Bhature isn’t a hard task at all. All it takes is about 1 and a half hours and believe me the taste of a home-made chole bhature is very much greater than that bought from your local restaurant. This recipe which is my mom’s is a hit here, and we do make this occasionally.

The recipe for chole-bhature isn’t a very strict one. You can add in stuff of your choice, which you think can enhance the dish. For the chole you can definitely experiment with your spices. You can add in an extra tomato or slice in half an onion more if you like. I like my chole with a medium consistency, that is not too thick or not too liquidy, but this might not be a universal choice. There might be people who like there curries thick with a nice quantity of Channa. So definitely improvising the base recipe would be a good choice.

It is quite possible to tweak in the bhaturas if you’re willing to experiment. Adding in boiled mashed potatoes to your flour can bring in a huge difference and do believe me, because this one’s been tried. You could also try adding in a few grated paneer pieces which would definitely bring in a change from the normal Bhatura.

Author & Creator: Sahil Gupta
Recipe type & Cuisine: Main Course
Makes: 4 serves

Ingredients :

Channa (chickpeas, soaked overnight): 2 cup
Coconut/mustard oil: 2 tsp
Black pepper: 1 tsp
Cinnamon : 1 stick
Cloves: 3
Bay leaf : 1
Cardamom : 2-3
Turmeric powder : 1 tsp
Chili powder : 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder : 2 tsp
Cumin powder : 1 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
Asafoetida : 1/2 tsp
Salt – for taste
Chopped onions: 1.5 cups
Chopped tomatoes: 1 cup
Chopped ginger :2 tsp
Chopped garlic: 2 tsp
Ajwain :1 tsp
Lime juice : 1 tbsp.
Green chilis, finely chopped  : 3

For the bhaturas you’ll be needing these:

Maida (refined flour): 2-2.5 cups
Yeast – soak them in luke warm water for 10 minutes : 1/2 tsp
Whole wheat flour – ½ cup
Pinch of salt
Water to knead the dough
Frying oil

Does huge list of ingredients worry you?

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How to Prepare Chole Bhature Recipe :

  1. Once you’ve got your hands on those lovely ingredients, let’s start cooking!!
  2. To make the Chole, take a dry pan and heat in the oil. Now add in the bay leaf, cumin seeds, pepper, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.
  3. Once these turn brown, add your chopped onions and sauté until the onions are golden brown.
  4. Now add in the chopped garlic and ginger.
  5. Add the coriander powder along with the chilly powder. Also add in cumin powder and Asafoetida. Some salt according to your preference might be good in this juncture. Make sure to fry this well.
  6. A bit of water would be needed to deglaze the pan.
  7. Now take the chickpeas which you soaked in last night and add it to the masala.
  8. Once this is stirred in, put in your tomatoes and add a little sugar and salt to the mixture.
  9. Add in ajwain, chopped chillies and also some water according to your preference.
  10. Simmer the chole for approximately an hour and make sure to cover it with a lid.
  11. Now add in some lime juice and butter. Garnish the chole with some coriander leaves and tada!! Your chole is ready to serve.
  12. Now let’s prepare some bhaturas to match up with that chole you made.
  13. Take the whole wheat flour, maida and salt, and knead them by pouring sufficient amount of water.
  14. Add the yeast into the dough mixture and roll the dough into a ball which is not too sticky.
  15. Leave the dough in a plastic wrap or ziplock bag for about 2-3 hours so that the yeast can carry out its action.
  16. Once your dough’s risen, divide it into equal portions.
  17. Now using a chapatti roller and some extra flour, roll these portions into an oval or circular shape.
  18. In a kadai heat up some oil and deep fry these bhaturas until they turn golden brown.
  19. Your bhaturas are done now. All you need know is to get some of your fine cutlery and load in your bhaturas and chole onto it!!

Tuck in!!

 

Wedding Invitations on Chocolates

Wedding Chocalate

Whenever a wedding is planned, one of the most important aspects is creating a beautiful wedding invitation. A wedding invitation is in some ways the first glimpse of the wedding for the wedding guests. The design of a wedding invitation says a lot about the couple and the wedding. Whether it is funky and playful, elegant and formal or traditional, it lets people know what to expect at the actual wedding also.

These days couples are always looking for ways to do something unique and innovative for their marriage invitation design. In this article we describe one such innovative idea – getting your wedding invitation printed on chocolates!

Wedding Invitation printed on chocolate bar. Image courtesy: http://www.chococraft.in

The technique of printing on chocolates is a new innovation and not only do these printed chocolates look beautiful but they also taste delicious.

You can use these chocolates to accompany a printed wedding card or even better print your edible wedding invitation on a chocolate bar itself!

Why chocolate wedding invites?

There are so many different reasons why you can think about chocolate wedding invitations. Here are some of them.

  1. Everybody likes chocolates – Chocolate is something that everybody is fond of. When you give chocolates along with your wedding invitations it is likely to be a delightful surprise for your wedding guests. After all chocolate is relished equally by everyone whether they are young or old men or women!
  2. Innovative Concept – Nowadays everyone is looking for an innovative new idea to make their wedding unique and stand out in people’s minds. When you give an invitation with printed chocolates your wedding immediately becomes special and something that people will always remember!
  3. Wedding theme on chocolates – If you have a theme for your wedding, let’s say a peacock theme or a beach theme, then, this theme can also be very beautifully presented on the chocolates themselves. The chocolates can bear a symbol or design that goes with the theme. Almost every colour can be reproduced on the chocolates. This is something which cannot be done if you are gifting traditional sweets along with your wedding invitation.Wedding Chocolates invitation
  4. Chocolates have a longer shelf life – When we compare them to sweets chocolates have a much longer shelf life. This also makes it easier when you have to ship your wedding invitations to people who might live in a different city. With a good packaging solution chocolate can easily be shipped to other cities.  This is very difficult to achieve with sweets. 
  5. It’s a great way to personalize your wedding – You can have a wide range of designs printed on the chocolate in bright colours. Chocolates can have the name of the bride and the groom, the wedding date or anything else that you like printed on them. A favourite song lyric or some phrase that has a special meaning for you both as a couple can also be printed. It’s a great way to make the wedding reflect you both and what is important to you.

Top 7 Mouth-Watering Eateries in Mumbai For Food Lovers

Mumbai Street Food For Food Lovers

Food! The sound of this word alone is enough to lighten up any kind of moodiness. And for foodies, life mostly revolves around their food. Anyone visiting Mumbai would find that the myriad of street food in itself is an overwhelming experience. Added to this are the multitude of restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines from every corner of the world. All this makes Mumbai the perfect destination for all the foodies out there. Here is a compiled list of the top seven eateries in Mumbai which can make food lovers fall in love with the city through its chow.

  1. Bademiya, Colaba

Kabab @ Bademiya

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5 Incredible Dhabas In Amritsar For a Delicious Treat

Amritsar, the land of the Golden Temple, is a historic religious place. This illustrious city holds a remarkable spot on the gastronomical map of India. The inhabitants of this mighty land are well known for their reverence for religion and food. They are as passionate of their food as their god. Both are sacred and holds a special place in a Punjabi’s heart. Thus, Amritsar being one of the foremost city of Punjab bears a unique testimonial of Punjabi food.

Punjabi food, one of the most dominating north Indian cuisine is best enjoyed in a dhaba. A dhaba is a rustic restaurant serving mouth-watering curries along with a range of Indian breads and refreshing drinks like lassi. Traditionally, dhabas are roadside eateries providing comfort food to travelers, workers and ordinary townsmen of a particular region. They are intrinsically located along the highways. With time, the concept of this dhaba has gained momentum leading to its current boom. As a result, one is sure to find a wide range of dhabas in every city of India. This being a cosmopolitan city is no exception, there are so many things to do in Amritsar. It boasts of unique range of dhabas. The 5 most influential dhabas offering finger-licking food is listed here.

  1. Kesar Da Dhaba

    kesar da dhaba

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