Tangy Pindi Chole With Fluffy Bhature

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While growing up we used to have Chole Bhature made by my mom. Her chole Bhature were exceptionally good. Till now I have not come across anyone making it like her. I still remember how one of her crew members used to make the dough and then it was kept covered in the sun for the whole day to rise. Rising is important because that makes the dough light which is key for making super fluffy Bhatures.

My husband and kids are ready to eat these any time and recently I had one big fan in my kitty. My nephew was visiting us and I have created few of his favourite foods on the menu to cook. Somehow I could only make chole Bhature on the day when he was travelling. He absolutely loved it and with each and every bite complimented me as well. While leaving he even told me to pack few so that he can have those on the flight back home. This type of appreciation coming from an eight-year-old was overwhelming for me. My sister still complains that he wants the same taste in hers too.

Coming straight to the recipe…..


serves 4

4 cups – chickpeas soaked overnight and boiled with 2 tea bags and a few whole spices, like Bay leaf – 2, black cardamom-2  ,cinnamon—1 long stick,2-3 green cardamom and few green chillies.

Discard the tea bags after boiling, putting tea bags is important because we are making Pindy chole and this will give it the desired colour. Remove all the whole spices now and strain the water. Keep this water aside because we will use this water in chole gravy.

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In a pan add 2 table spoon of oil.

Add 1 big onion chopped really fine.

Add 2 teaspoons of ginger garlic paste.(I always use fresh homemade paste and that makes a big difference in the taste)

Saute it for a while till the raw taste is gone. Now it’s time to add our dry spices.

One teaspoon of Anardana powder

One teaspoon of amchur powder

One teaspoon of Dhaniya powder

One teaspoon of Garam masala powder

One teaspoon of Kala Namak 

One teaspoon of Kashmiri Mirch powder

One teaspoon of turmeric powder

Add all the dry masala in the pan and mix them thoroughly. Saute for a few minutes and add two medium size chopped tomatoes.

Saute them for a while. When the oil starts to separate add chole to it. Add around one cup of the water which we have kept aside.

Simmer it on medium flame. Once the gravy thickens as per our liking switch off the flame.

Here comes the tadka part which is the soul of this chole. 

In a tadka pan add one table spoon of desi ghee.

Add one table spoon of dry roasted jeera powder.

2-3 cloves of finely chopped garlic.

one teaspoon of Kashmiri Mirch.

A pinch of Hing.

Mix it after giving the tadka and adjust the salt.Serve it warm.

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A fried dough ball which is typically eaten with chick peas stew/Chole.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 2 Cups All Purpose flour maida
  • 2 tbsp Sooji/Semolina
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 4 Tbsp Yogurt /Curd
  • 4 Tbsp Oil
  • Oil for frying.


  • Mix Maida,Sooji,sugar,salt ,baking powder,baking soda.
  • Add curd and oil . Mix well.
  • Make a nice supple dough . If need water use very little /spoon by spoon.
  • Cover it and keep aside for at least 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours knead the dough for at least 5-6 minutes.
  • Make dough balls of medium sizes.
  • Take one dough ball and roll it using the dry flour. It will be slightly thick.
  • Heat oil for frying the bhatura,
  • Use a big wok.
  • Fry the Bhatura from both sides on medium flame till they are puffed up.
  • Absorb the excess oil by using paper towel.
  • Serve it with pindi Chole.

Please do try this and let me know your feedback. One thing I can assure you that this won’t be heavy on the stomach and the whole family will enjoy it.

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  1. As always, the color of food , preparation are looking fantabulous with your royal style of presentation. Awesome … 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  2. Can you please let me know, which brand of APF did you use, as in the US all the APFs are very stretchy and usually bhaturas shrink as soon as they touch the hot oil?

    Thank you!

    • I always use all purpose flour /maida from indian grocery store. Any other APF doesnt work for bhatura very well,thats my experience.
      Happy cooking.

    • Hi Mira,
      Yes you can use Dry mango powder/ Amchoor powder . Easily available in any indian grocery store. If not use lemon juice .
      Happy cooking.

      • Yes, they are same but sometimes in most of the stores, APF is bleached so it’s better to use maida from an Indian store.

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