Storified by Arya McLean· Mon, Apr 01 2013 17:22:08
A combination of spicy chickpeas and fried bread called bhatoora, which is made with maida flour. In this gourmet cooking recipe, bathure or bhatoora is made with flour, water, salt, yogurt and milk and formed into smooth dough. The dough is flattened and deep-fried in oil. The chole is made with chickpeas flavored with jeera (cumin), ginger garlic paste, green chillies, onion,garam masala (Indian spice blend), turmeric powder, dhaniya powder, dry coriander powder, green coriander leaves, salt, and fresh tomato puree. The bathure is served hot with the chole.
Chole bhature is a heavy breakfast and often accompanied with lassi, an Indian yogurt-based drink. Chole can also be served with onions, green chutney, carrot pickle, and achaar. Different kinds of bhature are available such as aloo bhatura (filled with boiled potato) and paneer bhatura (filled with Indian cottage cheese). Chole bhatoora is also known as chola poori, since bhatoora closely resembles a poori, which is also a type of fried bread.
When frying the bhature, lightly press the center with a wooden spoon or spatula to help it puff up and create a light and airy texture with a subtle crisp. You can purchase chole masala in most Indian grocery stores but standard garam masala works just as fine.
Hot chole is also delicious with kulcha, tikkis, or a slice of bread. The spongy and crisp bhatura dough is used to scoop and absorb the chole, creating a pleasurable eating experience. Traditionally, chole is leavened with yeast or soda to make it even lighter and flakier. They are left for hours to ferment before they can be deep-fried in a hot pan.
Chole bhature also makes a satisfying snack or light meal. It is convenient to eat on the go and ideal for busy modern lifestyles. It can be found sold in side streets and restaurants all over India.