Monday, 29 March 2010

Down Memory lane with Chole-Bhathure!!(Kamaal Kombination)

I clearly remember November 1981...was very little girl and my parents took us on holiday to Delhi, Agra,Haridwar, Jaipur and other places....So many of these experiences, now simply my memories so I like to tell my children now and then! and they love to hear them as well..that time our parents didn't own any videos or cameras...:-(( so, everything is just in our minds and hearts !! And first time ever we had Chole-Bhathure in Delhi, it was 21st November 1981..oh boy! me and my brother (who is 2 yrs older than me) were hooked on this dish..whenever mum asks us for food our answer was one word 'Chole-Bhathre'! maybe we didn't wanted to eat any vegetables..:-P..........while we were in Delhi we had this dish but than we had to forget about it, it was always there in back of our minds, but we never asked mum to make it...well those days in Gujarati people didn't know much about Punjabi food and also mum was working that time so she wasn't experimenting too much in food..like what we do now days..but, I always wanted to try this dish..so when I started to cook, by asking people or maybe watching few cookery show I learnt a little, still couldn't make the same way as punjabis do..:(( after that when I got married and came to U.K, I met a girl who also came to UK after getting married, she was typical punjabi girl from Delhi, and you guessed it right! I was thrilled to meet her and she was too, coz she wanted to learn some Gujarati food...and we had so much fun to teaching each other lots of dishes...since I've been making Chole-Bhathure, I sometimes make variations of this dish...my family loves it and I get immense pleasure from feeding them...I also made this dish for my bro and sister when I went last time to India! This time also, we were all reminded of November 1981, so we ate and talked happily about that time.
So what is this Dish which I'm singing about..please see here   coming to recipe




For Chole you will need:-
  • 3 cup boiled chick peas(garbanzo beans)you can use tin
  • 1 big Onion finely chopped(I like mine pureed)
  • 2-3 tsp Green chillies and ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cup tomato pureed
  • Salt to taste
  • pinch Asafoetida
  • 2-3 tbsp Chole or Chana masala(easily available in Indian Shops)
  • Red chilli powder, Tumeric powder,Garam masala and dry coriander and cumin powder also Dry mango powder(adjust to your taste)
  • 3-4 tbsp Olive oil(you can use any)
  • Fresh finely cut coriander, slices of Onion and lemon wedges for garnishing..


For Bhathure you will need:-
  • 2 cup Plain flour
  • 1/4 cup semolina(fine)
  • 1 tsp fast action dry yeast
  • 1 tsp each salt and sugar
  • 1tsp ghee or oil
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 cup milk-Sieve the maida flour, add ghee,semolina,milk,yeast and knead to a smooth dough. Cover with a muslin cloth and keep aside for more than 3-4 hours.

Method:-Chole
  • In a heavy bottom pan heat oil and fry onion for 5-6 minutes or untill golden brown.  Add CGG paste and fry for another 3-4 minutes.  Now add Tomato puree and all the masala powder and let it cook the masala untill you see ol leaving masala.  Add chick peas and mix really well and add about 1 cup water and let it simmer for about 12-15 minutes or untill gravey thickens.  Garnish it..
Method:-Bhathure
  • Make small balls from the dough, roll into thick puris(small circles) and fry in oil on both sides..Bhathure should be white colour not brown or golden...also I made few methi(fenugreek) bhathre's by adding some Kasoori Methi(dry fenugreek leaves)..Serve it hot with Chole and Enjoy as much as my family did!! 


Sending this mouthwatering dish to my on going event Joyful Eating Whilst Travelling! I know I don't have any Delhi holiday pics in this post as I mentioned we didn't have cameras that time, so I am posting my recent holiday pics while I was last time India..my two best friends!!

Sending this recipe to Mirch Masala's event My Lagume Love Affair(MLLA) Edition 21, Brainchild of Susan

68 comments:

  1. looks really very yummy & mouthwatering.. my all time fav dish..

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  2. I love all the memories that came along with this dish. It must be delicious if it has stuck in your mind for this long! Looks great.

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  3. Hi. Loely combo, I love ur puffed methi bhatura.

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  4. Chhole Bhatura is always welcome! Yours making me hungry. you're missing your best friends...no? :)

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  5. Could I please place an order for one plate for lunch today...he he!....looks so awesome!

    Beautiful people!

    xoxo

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  6. Beautiful dish- It is one of my favourites too. Your bhature look amazing and fluffy!

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  7. Hi dear...hru doing??? ;)

    Loved ur dishes...they are mostly new to me! Awesome..

    Take care ya!

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  8. My hub's fav food...Batura looks crispy and delicious..

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  9. My daughter's favorite dear :-)
    Looks delicious....

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  10. Looks yummy,i remember eating this for the 1st time when i was pregnant with my 1st kid in muscat.

    Loved the colourful ghagras in the pic

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  11. Mouth watering chole bhature. Loved ur write-up. I know there are so many vivid memories of our humble childhood. Me and my husband too talk a lot to our kids of how we grew up. When we meet our relatives or friends in India, my children are able to connect with them easily as they already know abt them :):)

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  12. My favourite too..very tempting...liked your pictures too..

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  13. That was such a journey, lovely chole-bhature..you remind me of our trip to Mt. Abu (Rajasthan), we had a kind of Moong dal, the best I ever had or made...wanted to prepare, but all busy for my entrance tests..Will try to post soon.

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  14. One of the best combo in the world...and my all time fav,looks tempting

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  15. Woww such a best combo...my favourite..

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  16. Great combo, looks perfect and love your write up too..

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  17. Good write up dear :-)
    My all time fav. Love to have it garma garam!!!
    Nice click
    Deepa

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  18. I love this..yesterday i had this from New york city....
    Looks so delicious and nice recipe..

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  19. very tempting ..enjoyed ur write up too..U have a very sharp memory..u still remember the day u had it :) grt

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  20. great memories jagruthi...yummy combination,,chole nad bhathure looks delicious and esp the bhathure looks fluffy...

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  21. The Chole bhature look yummy n mouth watering . its my family's all time favorite !! Loved the methi version.

    Smita @ Little Food Junction

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  22. Jagruti,

    Chole bhature looks really yummy.It is good to keep some fond memories

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  23. Very Yummyy recipe.. mouth watering clicks.. looks too good..

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  24. wow....my fav....love to have this anytime, dear

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  25. hey chole bhature is my favorite too. this looks delicious and mouth watering,,wish could have a garma garam bhatura and chole on my plate now :P

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  26. chole batura is always my favourite and your version is very mouth watering and tempting.

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  27. Wow , i'm bookmarking your recipe.

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  28. looks fluffy and rich...good one Jagruti.. I used to have it only in hotels, now that i know to make it -:)

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  29. I love chhole bhature very much. Looks tempting and delicious. Wonderful pictures.

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  30. This is my favorite of all time.. I order this whenever I go to any North Indian restaurant.. looks yummy and nicely puffed up...

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  31. LOved to walk thru ur memory line too...the dish of also my all time favourite one....

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  32. Lovely combination. Making me hungry now :-)

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  33. I am so gonna try this out tomo..my mouth is watering

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  34. lovely chole bhatura recipe, jagruti!! your memories reminded me of a trip that my parents took us on to Delhi, Mathura, Jaipur too...

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  35. This looks so delicious...especially that puffy fried bread!

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  36. Classy combo..bature looks so perfect..

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  37. oh what a delicious combination ...Awesome clicks too !!

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  38. my all time favourite...love this...

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  39. bhaturas look so perfect!... tempting curry!

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  40. i am big fan of chole bhature myself..i never made bhatura at home but i think i should try this one

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  41. Pls Collect ur award from my blog dear

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  42. This is my favorite dish, u also made this dish for ur bro and sister,u come last time to India.pan tamari bhabhi to rahi gai.and surprised for my photo,miss u all

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  43. wow every thing looks delisious...

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  44. Is bhature like puri, looks fabulous!

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  45. I love this bread, looks so puffy and delicious
    Thanks for sharing,

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  46. you remember exact dates? wow... i was 6 months old that time... :D

    Nice pictures.... Chhole Bhature are my favourites too... remember honest na chhole bhature?? yummm... hehe

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  47. really a kammal combination... al time fav and a great hit in my house too... loved to read ur memories...
    cheers

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  48. Nice puffed up batura & chole is tempting..........my fav. dish in restaurants.

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  49. Wow...you even remember the exact date...really great!...the whole platter looks so delicious...we too love this, I order this very often when we go out for dinner :)

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  50. Awesome puffed bhature,enjoyed reading your memories.

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  51. Jagruti, Your recipes and photos are wonderful but I think I'm as drawn to your site even more by your love of family and the food you prepare for them. It's a pleasure to be in your company. Blessings...Mary

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  52. Hy Jagruti,
    I never tried this. I will now. This goes to my must try list. I'm following u dear. Do drop in at my blog sometime...

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  53. Very Yummyy recipe.. mouth watering clicks.. looks too good..n i will try..

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  54. lovely post with awesome pictures. thanks for droping by my blog.

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  55. Wow!!! pics looks gr8.. i love this dish.. i use to eat cholle bhathure in my collage days , after seeing u r recipe i miss those days.. U r CB also looks same like that only delicious... ;)

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  56. Your bhature are so fluffy! I wish I could pick one off the screen... lovely story behind the chole bhature :)

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  57. Jaggu,,chole bhature looks perfect n yummy dear,,read abt ur childhood memories dear soo sweet of you sometimes certain incidents happened in our childhood we can't forget forever thats all sweet memories in our heart.. Happy to hear your hubby's bday also coming near woow,,soo sweet. I know you gonna surprise him with something,, you are great cook and good creative thinker,,,my advance B'DAY WISHES TO YOUR HUBBY,,,Take care n keep on smiling dear,,

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  58. wat a tempting click!my all time fav.

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  59. Looks amazing, lovely snaps...very fulfilling meal:)

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  60. This meal is just amazingly delicious!

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  61. Bhatura is fine... but how to make kulcha? this is an another special street-food item that you can find only in Delhi on some roadside food cornar or with some bicyle hawkers.

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  62. One of my favorite too....looks fantastic.

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  63. O ho..this chhole bhathure looks awesome Jags..super kamal combo :))

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  64. Some hotels even offer free meals for kids.

    Hostel Sao Paulo

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  65. Wow! Those childhood memories are really beautiful and the stories transport you virtually back in time! Beautiful Chole! :) I love the Methi addtion to the Baturas :)

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