A bhatura is like the best dream this world has to offer.
Warm, fluffy, crisp outside, and a chewy bready inside. Bhature are one of the best things to ever come out of Punjab. Everyone loves a big plate of chole bhature, and for good cause, if you ask me! That said, it along with most Punjabi dishes, is often absolutely butchered to bits! I can’t tell you how many recipes or pictures I’ve seen online and thought, “What on earth am I looking at?! That is NOT a bhatura” followed by an expletive or two. They’re quite easy to make, if you have the right recipe – but try and tell a blogger that their recipe sucks…am I right?
Bhature pretty easy to make if you follow a good recipe. There’s no huge secret or process to it. The only caution I would give you is to not over work the dough when rolling it out. You want the dough to be light and airy so that your bhatura is fluffy and not dense. What I traditionally do is, I work the balls of dough with the palm of my hand before rolling it out. I find that helps to shape it and break up some of the elasticity. But, I also lack the patience to spend minutes on end rolling the dough with a rolling pan. At this point, I’ve normally spent several hours making chole and I’m ready to dig in and sit down.
I can’t think of a time in Punjab, growing up, or when I go back and visit, that I’ve said, “Nope, I’m over bhature chole.” They’re effin phenomenal! It’s not a meal you need to eat at a fancy restaurant, in fact, I dare say they’re SIGNIFICANTLY better at hole in he wall joints. Growing up there were a couple favorite brunch meals – Aloo Puri or Chole Bhature. Aloo Puri, start to finish was made at home, had with a big glass of lassi, and followed by a long food coma. Chole bhature meant we got to go out to our favorite corner shop. It was glorious! Waking up at the crack of 10 am, piling into the car by noon, and off to eat. It was an excuse to putz around the main street in town, see all of the other kids from school, and then inevitably disappear with your friends instead of pretending to do anything at home. So clearly, we liked chole bhature day waaay better! Every time I go back to India the first thing I do in Delhi is to go shopping in Karol Bagh and eat bhature chole at Om Corner, promptly followed by a kulfi from Roshan di Kulfi – but obviously after shopping. Fitting into anything after that meal is not a possibility. And yes, yes, all the snooty Indians are smirking to themselves about just how low brow that seems, but honestly, screw you. There’s a time and a place to say, yes, I can afford a $15,000 Sabyasachi lengha and a time to say I like to eat at the corner shop that’s been in the same family for the last 150 years. And for those that don’t know the difference, ew!
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4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories306
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
- Cholesterol 1mg 1%
- Potassium 1170mg 34%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2.1g 9%
- Sugars 2g
- Protein 7.5g 15%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.