Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion

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Chole Bhature is a classic Punjabi combo that has achieved cult status and I bring you Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion. Punjabi food generally is wholesome and caters to a robust clan and retains its rustic flavour. Nothing can beat the earthy flavour of a good Chole Bhature. It tastes heavenly and can put you in a foodie stupor. The unique feature is you can have Chole Bhature for breakfast lunch or dinner. Whilst Chole can be eaten with rice or naan, puri or kulche, Bhatura is complimentary only to Chole. Tear a piece of Bhatura, dip it in the spicy gravy, nibble some pickle and bite on the onion for foodie nirvana. The burst of flavours in the mouth will be hot, spicy, tangy and make your mouth salivating for more.

The chanas and dals like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram are usually simmered for hours on a slow fire, till they are creamy and then seasoned with spices and garnished with malai or fresh cream for that rich touch. Consequently, the food is simply delicious.

Chole Bhature without Garlic and Onion

Bhatura is a leavened fried Indian bread made with flour. Chickpeas or Chole are soaked overnight and boiled in a pressure cooker these days but my mom used to cook it on a charcoal fire all day. The spicy Chole, the spongy Bhature served with onions and pickle is a complete gastronomic delight. Usually, lots of garlic and onion goes into the recipe but this recipe does not use garlic or Onion at all.  Keep in mind that Chole are not fattening but the Bhatura has a lot of Calories. It is pure decadence on a plate. But there is no harm in indulging in a rare treat on a weekend. It is a guilty pleasure I indulge in when my salivary glands complain. Is it foodporn? Yes, it is Chole Bhature after all.

If you are looking for a healthier version of Chana then try this Stir-Fried Kaala Chana recipe or the Vrat ka, Puri Chana Recipe

Ingredients for Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion

Ingredients for Bhatura

2 ½ cups Refined flour or maida

¼ cup Yogurt

1 litre of Bottled Soda

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

Ingredients for Chole

1 ½ cups Chickpeas or Kabuli Chana

6 tbsp Butter

6 Cloves

2 Black cardamoms 

5 Green cardamoms

1 inch Cinnamon 

Salt to taste

2 Tea bags 

Juice of 1 lemon

½ tsp Red chilli powder

1 tsp Baking powder 

3 medium Tomatoes

2 Green chillies

4 tbsp Oil 

4 Dried red chillies 4

2 inches Grated ginger 

Chole masala

5 tsp Coriander seeds 6

2 tsp Peppercorns

½ th tsp Asafoetida

6 Cloves 

2 Green cardamoms 

1 tsp Dried mango powder 1

1 tsp Red chilli powder 

¼ th tsp Black salt (Kala Namak) ¼ teaspoon

1 inch Cinnamon 

1tsp Onion seeds or kalonji

2 tsp Dried fenugreek leaves or kasoori methi

Masalas for Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion
Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion
Tempering for Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion
Chana Masala

Method for Chole

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a pressure cooker. Add cloves, black cardamoms, green cardamoms and cinnamon and sauté till fragrant.

Add chickpeas, salt, tea bags and sufficient water. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cover and pressure cook till 6-8 whistles are given out. Remove from heat, let the pressure reduce completely, drain and reserve the cooking liquor. Discard the tea bags.

To make Chole masala, grind together all the ingredients into a fine powder. Set aside.

Put 2 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, red chilli powder and 1 teaspoon Chole masala powder in another bowl and mix well.

Put 2 tablespoons refined flour and baking powder in another bowl and mix well.

Chop tomatoes and green chillies.

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add green chillies and sauté well. Add dried red chillies and 4 tablespoons chana masala and mix well.

Add boiled chickpeas, reserved cooking liquid to the pan and mix. Add tomatoes, grated ginger and mix well. Cover and cook till the tomatoes are pulpy. Remove from heat.

Method for Bhatura

Take the flour in an open dish and add the sugar and salt to it. Now make a smooth dough with the Soda water. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and keep aside for 20 minutes.

Take the dough again and make medium-sized balls. Roll the discs into a round or oblong shape. Deep fry Bhaturas in oil till golden.

Transfer the Chole into a serving bowl and sprinkle the remaining Chole masala on top. Garnish the Chole with onion rings, lemon wedges and serve hot with the soft, spongy, fluffy Bhaturas and pickle.

Your delectable and finger-licking Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion is ready.

Bhature
Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion
Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion wherein Chickpeas or Chole are soaked overnight and boiled in a pressure and tempered with spices

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Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion
Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion
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Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion
Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion
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Instructions
  1. Method for Chole
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a pressure cooker. Add cloves, black cardamoms, green cardamoms and cinnamon and sauté till fragrant.
  3. Add chickpeas, salt, tea bags and sufficient water. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cover and pressure cook till 6-8 whistles are given out. Remove from heat, let the pressure reduce completely, drain and reserve the cooking liquor. Discard the tea bags.
  4. To make Chole masala, grind together all the ingredients into a fine powder. Set aside.
  5. Put 2 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, red chilli powder and 1 teaspoon Chole masala powder in another bowl and mix well.
  6. Put 2 tablespoons refined flour and baking powder in another bowl and mix well.
  7. Chop tomatoes and green chillies.
  8. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add green chillies and sauté well. Add dried red chillies and 4 tablespoons chana masala and mix well.
  9. Add boiled chickpeas, reserved cooking liquid to the pan and mix. Add tomatoes, grated ginger and mix well. Cover and cook till the tomatoes are pulpy. Remove from heat.
  10. Method for Bhatura
  11. Take the flour in an open dish and add the sugar and salt to it. Now make a smooth dough with the Soda water. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  12. Take the dough again and make medium-sized balls. Roll the discs into a round or oblong shape. Deep fry Bhaturas in oil till golden.
  13. Transfer the Chole into a serving bowl and sprinkle the remaining Chole masala on top. Garnish with onion rings, lemon wedges and serve hot with the soft, spongy, fluffy Bhaturas.
Recipe Notes

1, Add a handful of Chana Dal to Soaked Chana to get a thick Gravy

2. Serve Chole with Kulcha, Naan, Puri or Bhatura.

3. You can add ready chana masala too.

Harjeet Kaur

Harjeet Kaur

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of The Hindu. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has interesting insights into my life and travels, gardening, beauty, grooming, recipes, mental health and sustainability. I am a freelance content writer and the answer to all your content generation needs. I thrive on writing and content writing gets my adrenaline pumping. Stringing words and vocabulary is my passion as well as my bread and butter. Whether it is lifestyle content, ghostwriting, blogging, features, or articles, covers the whole gamut of writing that I can pen down. My writing has been much appreciated as it attracts, engrosses as well as captivates. I love to write on any interesting topic under the sun. Meeting new people and understanding what makes them tick is always enlightening. Communication is my strong point and I get across my thoughts right from the heart. An avid and dedicated blogger, my blog is valued by family and friends alike. My blog is ranked 14 in the Top 100 Lifestyle Blogs in India. I love to cook for family and friends and my secret ingredient- “love” is abundantly used in my cooking. It covers myriad interesting topics. I am a passionate home chef and am all for a healthy balanced diet with simple, easy-to-cook recipes. What I do is transform traditional recipes into gourmet by the turn of my ladle. Do read my blogs to know me better.

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Comments 124

  1. Supriti says:

    Wow this is so amazing. I never thought chole is possible to make without onion and garlic. Garlic adds a tinge to the gravy.. But chole is a go to dish on any occasion but many a times I have to skip making this because onion cannot be served in navratri n pujas. Will try this on next get together

    • Ritu says:

      Indeed an extremely useful recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Your blog is a treasure trove for a cooking enthusiast.

      As someone allergic to tea, I use amla instead and it does the job just as well.

  2. My nani never ate onion and garlic and my mom looks out of the world chole with onion garlic too with out tea bag with kasuri methi, black salt and her special garam masala. would try this recipe too, it looks amazing.

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Thank you…in regular cooking we can avoid the teabag and all. This was for the blog, a sightly different recipe thats why I made it.Do try it.It tuned out really good.

    • Arushi Seth says:

      Many people believe that cooking without onion and garlic is not possible. My nani till date has never eaten either and my mom cooks a lot of things without them. Chole is something I don’t think we have ever tried. Will definitely try it soon. Thank you

  3. Anurag Singh says:

    Wow! they are looking tasty

    Somtimes food without garlic and onion tastes devine

    Nice recipe

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Thank u so much, Anurag. Being Punjabi cooking without garlic and onion is blasphemous 🙂 This was an interesting recipe and I tried it out. Do check out other interesting and easy recipes on the blog.

  4. Wow..amazing…your effort in posting about the recipe is commendable. that’s lot of effort and it’s like a recipe book 🙂 . I am sure it would taste just as good without the onion and garlic 🙂

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Thanks, Narinder. Cooking is a labour of love. Am glad u liked it and yes, it tasted awesome. Better than the regular chole.

  5. Rashi Roy says:

    This looks so awesome! The post, the pics, the video, the reciepe everything is just superb. Loved it Jeetey 🙂

  6. Truly Yours Roma says:

    The recipe looks super delectable, I am surely trying it out

  7. arv! says:

    you can never go wrong with Chole Bhature as a great snack choice. It is so popular in North India.

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Yes, it is and famous as street food. But in the south, we have to cook it ourselves if we wanna eat.

    • Urvashi says:

      My navratri is sorted with this amazing without onion garlic recipe. You make the cooking science so easy. #damurureads #myfriendalexa

  8. Aditi Kapur says:

    I’m literally drooling over your post. Chole bhature is my favorite dish😋😋

    #MyFriendAlexa
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  9. andd It’s yummy!! one of my fav food!

  10. Thanks for Sharing such an interesting recipe. Cannot imagine how it could be done without garlic and onion.

  11. Dipika Singh says:

    I can’t imagine Chole without onion and garlic, but you made it look so easy and also delicious. Will try this style of chole bhature soon for the family.

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Thank you Dipika.Please try it. It was really delicious and slightly different taste.

      • Vidhi Virani says:

        The no garlic no onion version of chole is just what i needed. My parents are coming over for dinner tomorrow and they eat jain food so I have been thinking whole day on what can i make. Your post sorted out my problem. Thanks a ton.

  12. Srishti says:

    I love them with garlic and onion. But your recipe looks much tasty. Will definitely try it. ❤❤

  13. Kinshoo says:

    Perfect guide and step-by-step recipe with photos and video. Absolutely easy to follow. Now will try it without onion and garlic.

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Thank you so much Kinshoo.I mainly blog for new homemakers and ppl who don’t know how to cook. That’s why I have step by step pics.

  14. If my daughter has seen this post, she will demand it right now. i will try out this recipe. my daughter and hubby loves.

  15. Richa MIna says:

    oh wow!!! i didn’t know that without garlic and onion too we can make chole bhature and they’ll look so great. thanks for sharing the recipe

  16. Mouth watering! I grew up in New Delhi and used to commute to school and back by DTC buses. There used to be a small chole bature shop near the bus stop at central secretariat were we kids used to have chole bature while returning from school. But the chole bature I get in south India is simply not the same. It tastes different: just like what it is, a north Induan dish cooked by South Indians.

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Oh Delhi street food is to die for. Thanks for your appreciation. I live in the south and thus I cook what I can at home. South Indian Chole Bhature are like North Indian Paneer dosa.