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Chole Bhature (Spiced Chickpeas and Fried Naan)

18 Jan

Since its JS and mine Wedding Anniversary today so, I am excited to bring you our favourite meal recipe i.e Choley Bhature. It is one of the popular street food in India. But to be honest I love it more when its home-made.
 
I am sharing you my mother’s secret recipe. I have been eating this since I was a child. As everyone says it’s the mother’s touch in the food which makes it absolutely delicious. My mom cooks especially for us and specialises in every cuisine and is just perfect when it comes to baking. So whatever little talent I have, it’s because she’s been my inspiration. Also, because of her delicious meals I have grown deep love for food!!
 
‘Choley’ is chickpeas and ‘Bhature’ is a fried naan. I like both because of their acidic quality. ‘Choley’ is simmered with spices for a while for it to get that amazingly delicious flavor. I usually add  tea bags to the chick peas while boiling so that it gets some brown colour. I usually enjoy hot Choley with tikkis(fried patties), bhature(fried naan) or simply topped up on a slice of bread. Traditionally ‘Bhaturas’ dough is made by adding some leaving agent like soda, curd and leaving it for some hours for it to ferment before they can be rolled out and deep-fried.
 
So here is how I prepared:
 
Serves: 4-5   Preparation Time: 3 hours  Cooking Time: 45 minutes
 
Ingredients:
 
Bhature (Fried Naan)
2 cups All purpose flour (Maida)
1/2 cup semolina (suji)
1 cup Yogurt
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Salt to taste
 
Choley (Spiced Chickpeas)
1 1/4 cup white chick peas (kabuli chana) soaked in 2 cups water overnight
2 tea bags
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp roasted and powdered cumin seeds (bhuna jeera)
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tbsp coriander powder (dhania powder)
1/2 tsp curry powder (garam masala)
2 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
2 Medium-sized finely chopped onion
4 medium-sized tomatoes
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
 
Garnish:
2 green chillies sliced
some sliced ginger
some onions
 
How to make choley bhature :
 
Bhature:
  • Take all ingredients and knead well into a firm dough without adding water. Knead the dough very well till the dough is smooth. If need be add a little water and keep aside covered for 4-5 hours, the longer kept, the better it is.
  • Roll into oval shape and a little thick. Deep fry till both sides are golden brown.

Soft and delicious fried bhaturas (naan)!!

 
Choley:
  • Boil chickpeas with tea bags till chickpeas become soft. Discard the tea bags. 
  • In a skillet heat oil, and put cumin seeds. When they crackle add the onions and ginger. Saute till onions turn golden brown.
  • Add tomatoes and all the spices. Saute for another minute.
  • Add the chickpeas and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Garnish choley with thinly sliced long pieces of ginger and green chilli.

Yummy Chickpeas!!

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Pistachio Rice Pudding (Kheer)

30 Nov

Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) is the most common dessert of the Indian household. It is relatively simple to make. Unlike the westernised ways to bake the rice pudding, in this case we make by boiling. Out of all the rice puddings, this one is my favourite.

Ingredients used:

3-4 cups Full cream milk

1 tsp finely powdered Cardamom seeds

1 cup rice

1 tbsp chopped pistachio

1 cup condensed milk

1 tbsp raisins

1/2 cup sugar

Method:

Firstly, boil the rice along with the milk on a medium flame, until the rice is cooked. Give it a constant stir to ensure the milk does not burn at the bottom of the pan.

Secondly, add condensed milk, raisins, pistachios and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thickened.

Thirdly, add cardamom, serve it either Hot or Cold. But I usually prefer cold, as it tastes divine.

Finally, garnish with pieces of pistachios.

Had to taste, t’was so tasty!!

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