Chole Bhature is one of my favorite foods in the world. Sharing with you our family recipe for the same. It has a secret ingredient which my grandmother taught me and will get you the best results ever!
Chole bhature is my second most favorite food in the whole wide world. What can beat this you ask? Of course, my favorite food of all time in this world and the other if there is one, kadhi chawal!
Every single thing about this recipe counts as sinful and fully sinful. That why it’s made very very rarely at our household. But when it’s made, everyone’s plate is wiped off clean!
Chole bhature is eaten as breakfast or brunch pretty much all over Punjab, Haryana and U.P. My childhood would have incomplete without those delicious bhatures. I have spent countless days sitting on the kitchen counter, while Mom would make bhatures by the dozen. Don’t how but they used to be polished off within minutes. All us sisters fondly recall the silly fights we would have over whose bhatura is bigger. The careless childhood days.
The secret of the best Chole
Although I don’t make bhature too often – chole is made almost every other week! And the chickpeas get the magic from dried gooseberries. The gooseberries in the recipe give this dish a tang and color.
I know a lot of people use tea leaves for that deep brown color in the chole but my granny would cringe and get angry if anyone ever brought tea leaves closer to Chole. She would say ‘peene ke cheez, glass main daalo cooker main nahin” (tea is to drink, put it in the glass, not in the cooker). The traditional way (at least what my family is using for generations) is to get the color in chole by using dry gooseberries and roasted spices. Apart from giving a deep brown color, it also gives a flavor which is kickass. Try it once and I promise you will never go back to your tea leaves again.
Coming back to Bhature, as the child says, one is incomplete without the other. On days when I feel like indulging myself and everyone around, this dish is my answer. This filling breakfast (we have it for any meal, really) has been my go-to comfort food as well. The way the flaky bhatura and the spicy chole go so well together-yummm!
And the best part is when you take a bite of the fried green chilies or the cut onions sprinkled with lemon juice along with this – like I said before, the way the tangy and spicy chole meet the flaky and melt in your mouth bhature, it is truly a match made in heaven!