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 a reputed national newspaper. I rediscovered my best subject at school and began writing with gusto. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. I started off writing about Interiors and Gardens and later diverse topics like Fashion, trends, food and events in the city. 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 some interesting insights into my life and travels but now it is mainly a food blog as I am growing organic vegetables and cooking my own produce is very therapeutic. Read my blogs to know me better. I write from my heart and what I write is what I feel... I feel a feel, A funny feel A funny feel, feel I! If you feel the feel I feel You'll feel the same as I!!

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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.

  8. Aditi Kapur says:

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

    #MyFriendAlexa
    #AditiReads
    aditikapur.com

  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.

  17. Mouthwatering pictures. I often make chole without garlic and onions. My mother taught me. And yes these are as delicious as the ones with onions. #MyFriendAlexa #ShubhraReads

  18. Supriya says:

    Chhole bhature is a heavenly combo. I can have it any time of the day. Your recipe is interesting as we canake it without onion and garlic

  19. Pr@Gun says:

    Yummy and awesome pics, mouthwatering post, I loved the tabular pic format.
    I am bought up in Delhi and Chole bhature is my like meri jaan. Roshandi kulfi in karol bagh, chache di hatti in North campus, prem hatti in Rajouri garden, and so many joints with yummy platters. I have tried chole rajma both without onion garlic and they give great taste too. A satvik feel.
    #PraGunReads #MyFriendAlexa

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Thanks Pragun! OMG, I am salivating.I have eaten at Roshan and Rajouri and they are lip-smacking. I love going to Delhi for the food and shopping.

  20. Sonia Dogra says:

    It looks so yummy that my mouth is already watering! And your presentation of the recipe is so convenient to understand. Thanks!

  21. Rajesh says:

    Wow , I love chole bhature it tastes so yummy , thanks for giving the treat of chole bhatura 🙂

  22. matheikal says:

    I’m told that garlic has medicinal properties. So why do away with it? Anyway, food is always an individual choice and I wouldn’t mind choley-bhature, with or without garlic.

  23. Smitha.gn says:

    wow my fav dish I just love sure will be trying out…

  24. Ahhhh!! Yummyyyyyyyy!! I luv chole bhature!!

  25. At home, every recipe is made without onion and garlic. When I was married here, I was surprised that how can someone make dishes without these two? At least not without onion but with time I am also making it and they are equally delicious. We also make Chole Bature the same way with little different spices. I will now try this at home.

  26. Trapti says:

    Kya bat hai. Chole without onion and garlic.

    This is helpful for those who don’t eat onion and garlic.

  27. Like easy to cook. easy to eat food, loved this

  28. Ruchi Verma says:

    I have tried once without oil chole and that turned out yummy but now I will try this too on upcoming pooja!!

  29. Shalini R says:

    The pictures look scrumptious and Chole Bature is one of my favorites.

  30. My chole bhature never turned out to be great. Your recipe looks nice. Will definitely try your version next.

  31. Neha Jain says:

    Many of our friends are really surprised to know that we can cook dishes without onion garlic also and my mum and elders don’t eat onion garlic so the perfect recipe for them too thanks for sharing.

  32. Anwesha says:

    Chole Bhature has been one of my favorite dishes from my colleage days. Thanks for sharing a simple recipe to try it at home. I can tackle the choles but my main concern are the puris.

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Thank u Anwesha. Just try my recipe once. It is very easy.

      • I love love love this post and I have already told you why 🙂 This is exactly how my Mummy cooks chhole bhature and it is my all-time favorite food. I never prefer to eat it in restaurants when Mummy is around and now even I follow the same recipe. Thanks for transporting me to those good old days.

        • Harjeet Kaur says:

          Your welcome my dear and thank you so much.Glad I cud refresh ur memories. I know what it feels like 🙂 God bless u.

  33. Varsha says:

    I never tried a no garlic and onion chole ever! This recipe is interesting 🙂 Just a small tip avoid tea bags they are not good for health, you can add a fresh package or loose one as the mesh or paper used is coated with some chemical dear. Please don’t get offended even I got to know this a few years back dear.
    #MyFriendAlexa #vigorousreads

  34. Pratibha says:

    I didn’t know that hing is an ingredient in Chole. I am going to try this recipe. It looks fab! #myepicareads #MyFriendAlexa

  35. Suha Vijay says:

    Mouthwatering recipe. Thanks for sharing the same

  36. Leha Divakar says:

    This was so detailed and the pictures made it more appetizing. Lovely!

  37. Neha Jain says:

    What a delicious post! 😀

  38. Tina says:

    Love Chole Bhatura. Never made the Bhatura. Will try your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Aadhirai says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Chole Bature and hasn’t bothered to try it at home.. Now I can indulge in it whenever I prefer! 🙂

  40. I love chole rice. This chole without onion and garlic is going to be added during puja day menu right away.

  41. That’s my favorite, in fact, my kids too. Every Sunday I make this, but this Sunday will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing

  42. Charu says:

    All the pics are so tempting. I feel like digging in one plate of Chole bathure right away.

  43. Sushmita says:

    Wow! This is what a newlywed needs in her life – a recipe which is so easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing!

  44. Sarah says:

    It’s one of my favourite dishes and you have jotted down a very simple and easy recipe I would like to try this out.

  45. Brinda says:

    I look forward to trying this unusual recipe without onion and garlic. Thanks for sharing!

  46. You are a master chef dear, I had watched most of your videos and loved them all. keep rocking and keep sharing these wonderful recipes with us. #Surbhireads #Myfriendalexa

  47. saba ladha says:

    This recipe looks yummy! Will try and let you know how it turned out soon

  48. Alpana says:

    First of all let me tell you that plate made me hungry. I have been craving for choke bhature from last week and your post gave me another chance to make it. It looks mouth watering. I will be trying out your recipe very soon. having a no-oinion-garlic hole recipe handy helps a lot when we have guests who don’t eat onion garlic.

  49. Hackytips says:

    That’s very detailed with pictures and steps. Looks delicious… I always felt it is difficult to make Chole but your recipe makes it look easy.

  50. This school recipe is amazing and different the way we cook in East. Instead of Dry mango powder , I use tamarind. Will definitely try this out.

  51. Oops!! It’s Chole. Auto correct is the culprit.

  52. That’s a sumptuous plate of food and love the fact that’s we can make without onion Nd garlic. Thank you for sharing recipe
    #myfriendalexa #tmmreads

  53. this plate looks so yummy , that I am thinking when can I have my next plate. such an easy recipe!
    #myfriendalexa #princyreads

  54. Misha jain says:

    ooohh man.. what did i just read. I will make them today itself now

  55. MeenalSonal says:

    Aha, lip smacking pictures. You have given a detailed procedure, shall forward to my friends who are new to cooking.

  56. What a detailed recipe, have bookmarked it. Will try out soon 😍. Mouth already watering

  57. Judy Morris says:

    This recipe of Chole without Garlic and onion is a must to try for me now. I know you are a fabulous cook Harjeetji.

  58. arti says:

    these chole bhature look heavenly, I need a plate today 🙂

  59. My son loves Cholle bhature, let me try this recipe and see if I can impress him

  60. Jenifer says:

    Looks so yummy and professional as if coming from a restaurant.

    I will surely try to make it at home.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  61. Avani Singh says:

    I was not even aware that a tasty dish like Chole Bhature was possible without garlic and onion. I think onion seeds provide the necessary flavour in this case. It is interesting to read such tweaks on the traditional recipes. I occasionally try some of these recipes too. Include pictures when you share such posts next time.

    • Harjeet Kaur says:

      Thanks for stopping by Avani…I keep trying out different combos like Kolhapuri Rajma. I always share step by step pictures.I didnt understand what u mean by share pictures?

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