Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Chole Batura

I got this recipe for Chole Batura from Tarla Dalal- Contributed recipes. I have tried it earlier and the batura comes out soft and the taste is awesome! I think it is the potato which we add to the flour. So far, this is the best recipe for Chole Batura.

P.S: The recipe appears under Breakfast recipes in Tarla Dalal. I just can't imagine deep fried baturas for breakfast! Do you dare?

From Tarla Dalal- Contributed Recipe
Chola Batura

Preparation Time : 45 mins.
Cooking Time : 1 hour
Serves / Makes : 4
For the chole
1 cup chick peas (Kabuli chana), soaked overnight
1 tea bag or teaspoon tea leaves, tied in a muslin cloth (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1 onion finely chopped
12 mm. (1/2") piece ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 teaspoons chole masala (chana masala )
2 teaspoons chilli powder
2 teaspoons amchur (dry mango powder)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tablespoon coriander (dhania) powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) power
2 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
For the bhature
1/2 cup plain flour (maida)
1/2 cup potato, boiled and grated
11/2 teaspoons oil
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
For serving
1 onion, sliced
4 lemon wedges
For the chole
1. Pressure cook the chick peas with the tea bag for 3 whistles until they are soft . Drain and keep aside. Discard the tea bag.
2. Heat the oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the onion, ginger and garlic and sauté till the onion is golden brown.
3. Add the chole masala, chilli powder, amchur, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin seed powder and salt and sauté for another minute.
4. Add the chick peas and 1 cup of water and mix well. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep aside
For the bhature
1. Combine the flour, potato, 1½ teaspoons of oil and salt and knead into a firm dough without using any water.
2. Knead the dough very well till it is smooth
3. Cover with a wet muslin cloth and rest the dough for 10 minutes
4. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll out into circles of 125 mm. (5") diameter.
5. Deep fry in hot oil till the bhaturas puff up and both sides are golden brown.
6. Serve hot with the chole, sliced onion and lemon wedges.
User Comments & Tips
1. While frying the bhature, press the centre lightly with a frying spoon so as to help it to puff up.
2. Chole masala is a blend of spices which is readily available at most grocery stores.



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