Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Chola Bhattura

This is one of our families favourite dish. Unfortunately cannot be made very often since it is deep fried item, which should be avoided for health reasons. So i make it once in 2 months or when my daughter's craving for the dish begins.

Plain flour - 2cups
Baking powder - a pinch
Soda bi carb - a pinch
Curd or Yoghurt - 1/2cup
Salt - a pinch or two
Oil - 3tsp
Oil - for deep fry

Mix all the above ingredients except oil and prepare a dough by adding water. At the final stage add 3tsp of oil and roll into a tight ball and cover it airtight for 2-3hours.
Heat a kadai with enough oil for deep frying. Take a small sized dough and roll out into round or oval shape and deep fry in oil. Turn both sides and remove when it is golden brown.

To prepare Chole
Channa - 1cup
Potato - 1
Onion - 3nos
Tomato - 2nos
Ginger - a small piece
Garlic - 1pod
Sombhu - 1tsp
Cardamom - 2nos
Cloves - 2nos
Bay leaves - 3-4
Turmeric Powder - 1/2tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4tsp
Corriander powder - 1/4tsp
Mustard - 1tsp
Jeera - 1tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - little
1. Soak channa for 8-9hours and pressure cook it with unskinned potato cut into two, little salt, turmeric and a bay leaf with just enough water.
2. Grind onions, tomato, ginger, garlic, sombhu, cardamom, cloves and 15nos of cooked channa.
3. In a heated kadai, add 5-6tsp oil and add mustard, jeera, bay leaves and the above blended mixture. Mix well. Then add all the powders (turmeric, red chilli, corriander and garam masala). Mix well and cover it with lid, so that it doesnt split outside and turn the mixture now and then. Once the oil seperates, add the channa with its water.
4. Add salt and allow it to boil for 5-6min.

You can add butter instead of oil. It will enhance the taste. For a change, mustard, jeera and a green chilli split lengthwise can be done in oil and added at the last after switching off the stove. Garnish with corriander leaves and a dash of lemon juice.


Asha said...

Looks fabulous! I love love Chole Batura!:))

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