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
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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.

122 thoughts on “Chole-Bhature Without Garlic and Onion”

  1. 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

  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.

    • 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.
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  10. 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.

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