Punjabi Chana or Chole Bhature – Garbanzo Beans Curry

23 Oct

I ate my first Punjabi Chole Bhature only after I came to the US as it was a popular dish in most Indian Restaurants. Goan’s make something similar with split green peas and same deep-fried bread called Puri (bhatura). Β My husband had been saying he wanted to eat some Chana Batura for a couple of weeks till we had friends visit who said they had just eaten some. Feeling bad for him I decided to make it the next day for Sunday Lunch. I did experiment with the Bhatura(puri/fried bread) using unbleached whole wheat flour. They turned out soft and puffy which surprised me since it was my first attempt at making them from scratch. The flip side, I did not keep a track of the measures. So I will have to share the bhatura (fried bread) recipe at a different time.




It is a perfect vegan recipe. You can also substitute the beans with chicken and make an incredible Chicken Curry. This recipe may get you overwhelmed by the sheer variations in spices but trust me it is worth every bit. My fussy 5-year-old enjoys it every time I make it. You can skip the chili and it still has lots of flavor.


Ps Note: This recipe is prefect for the home cook’s who likes to be in charge of quality control πŸ™‚ Β I cooked my own beans using a pressure cooker. The reason I did that is because I came across an article that was published recently about cancer causing foods in America. Canned foods and excessive salt were named along with some more foods. If you are a new owner of a pressure cooker then you should add this recipe to your list.


Serving Size: 6-8

BoilingΒ Chana/Garbanzo in a Pressure Cooker


  • 2 cups dried chana/chickpea/garbanzo beans orΒ 5 cans of low sodium garbanzo beans.
  • 5-6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp of salt


Soak the chana/kabuli overnight. Drain the water. In a pressure cooker add the soaked chana, salt and enough water to cover the beans about 5-6 cups of water.

Pressure cook for 6-7 whistle about 35-45 minutes.

Take of heat and let stand till all the steam is released and it is safe to open the cooker. Β (Please for your safety follow this step.)Β 

Whole Spices

  • 2 bay leaf
  • 5Β green cardamom
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 2″ cinnamon stick

Wet Paste

  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1″ ginger
  • 1 green chili (optional)

Powder Spices

  • 1 tbsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp of dry mango/ amchoor powder
  • 1 tsp of red chili powder
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of garam masala powder
  • pinch of asafoedita
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste


Grind the wet ingredients with no water. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a separate pan. Add wholeΒ spices till the oil becomes fragrant.

Next add wet paste and saute till the oil starts to leave the side of the paste. About 10-13 minutes.

To this add the powder spices, saute for 1-2 minutes till it mixes well.

You either can transfer the spice paste to the pressure cooker, add water, season with salt and cook it for 2 more whistle.

OR If using the same pan add the water, salt and chana to the pan and cook for another 20 minutes on medium heat covered.


Serve with hot bhature or with rice and a side of onions marinated with pickle.


85 Responses to “Punjabi Chana or Chole Bhature – Garbanzo Beans Curry”

  1. hooklineandinkwell October 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    looks delicious:)

    • Nandini October 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

      Thank You so much FT. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

      • hooklineandinkwell October 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

        you are welcome, my friend… enjoy yours as well πŸ™‚

  2. Mr. Militant Negro October 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

    • Nandini October 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank You so much. Have a great weekend Juessepi πŸ™‚

  3. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser October 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    I love this recipe Nandini. And…you two are a lovely couple! Have a great weekend my friend.

    • Nandini October 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

      Thank You so much Cheryl. That is very sweet of you to say. Hope you are having a great weekend my dear friend. Take Care πŸ™‚

  4. leggypeggy October 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    I love garbanzos. Will make this soon.

    • Nandini October 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      That is so awesome Peggy. Thank You Much πŸ™‚

  5. Simply Splendid Food October 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    Fantasatic! I applaud your dedication to non-canned food!

    • Nandini October 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

      Thank You….But I do cheat a lot of times as it is tough πŸ™‚

  6. Johanne Lamarche October 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    Looks so good with all those interesting spices! And that bread….if it tasted half as good as It looks, it would have been amazing!

    • Nandini October 23, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

      Oh Johanne it is so good, just the smell of deep-frying the bread gets me salivating. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  7. Milanka's Fine Food October 23, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    Dear Nandini, just saw your post to discover we both cooked a chickpea curry. Although we are on different continents we are thinking alike and felt like a curry. I had to have a chuckle. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 8:23 am #

      Oh yes….I do see that.Great minds think alike Milanka. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  8. wwwpalfitness October 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 8:24 am #

      Thank You Much for the re-blog πŸ™‚

  9. Marko October 23, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

    I invite you to look at my new pictures. Best regards and have a nice weekend.

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 8:27 am #

      Thanks Marko, great pictures πŸ™‚

  10. Aruna Panangipally October 24, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    Lovely chole bhature and yours looks amazing!

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 8:27 am #

      Thank You Much Aruna for your kind words. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  11. Frances 🌺 October 24, 2015 at 1:53 am #

    This looks amazing!

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      Thank You Frances so much. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  12. teagan geneviene October 24, 2015 at 6:05 am #

    This looks and sounds delicious. Especially the bread. Love bread. LOL. Nice work, Nandini! Hugs.

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 8:32 am #

      Thank You Teagan, it is very kind of you to say. You have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  13. Heidie October 24, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    This looks so yummy, I got super hungry now! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      Thank You so much Heidie. I should say that’s an awesome compliment for me πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  14. Stanley Rodrigeezer October 24, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    Hey Nandini!

    It’s that man again. Hey Hey Hey GIRL another INCREDIBLE RECIPE. The PUNJABI CHANA looks PHENOMENAL. Trust Me I love My CHANA/BHAJI PURI very much. Every time I go to Goa on holiday, I go the INDIAN RESTAURANTS for My CHANA and BHAJI PURI. I use My house in ALTO COMBA MARGAO-GOA as the HEADQUARTERS and then visit all the Indian joints as possible i.e TATO’S,BOMBAY CAFE and KAMAT’S to name a few. The last I was in Goa My friend Oscar Baretto took Me to another hotel called NANUTEL for some Indian food.Your FINISHED PRODUCT looks sooooooo palatable. I also like Your PURIS. Every recipe which You come out with has to be a hit. As always We will give this recipe a go. What a start to My weekend. And I am off for a birthday party today. A little bird tells Me that there is SORPOTEL AND BEBINCA on the menu. And I must admit, that I will eat like a GLUTTON.


    With every blessing

    Stan & Linda

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      Thank You Mr Stan. Lucky you, to enjoy sorpotel and bebinca. I have to make my own πŸ™‚ Nanutel is where I had my engagement party. It was a fairly new hotel then. Kamat, Tato’s and Bombay cafe are still going strong after all these years. I don’t know if you remember “Marliz” they were famous for their patties before “Jackris”. You and Mrs Stan have a great weekend.

      • Stanley Rodrigeezer October 25, 2015 at 3:18 am #

        Hi Nandini!

        I remember MARLIZ very well. I think everybody in Salcette know about it. But I was told that it is not running any more. That to Me is such a TRAGEDY.We had a ball of a time at this birthday party. I did not have sorpotel in years, I almost forgot how it tasted like.The clocks in the UK went back by one hour.So We had an EXTRA HOUR in bed. Now You take care and look after Yourself.


        Stan the Man

        • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

          That is awesome Mr Stan. Our clock moves back this Sunday. I am not a big fan of the clock moving. Have a great weekend.

  15. fromthefamilytable October 24, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    You had BETTER share the recipe for puri. Thanks for the family photos. They look very happy.

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

      Yes Darryl, I sure will. And Thank You so much. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  16. Freda @ Aromatic essence October 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Looks delicious Nandini ! So true about canned products ! I try to minimize their use as much as possible unless really required ! That such a beautiful picture πŸ™‚

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      Thank You so much Freda. I appreciate your kind words specially from you. With your beautiful photography. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  17. youthfoodblog October 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Very exotic and enticing recipe!

    • Nandini October 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      Thank You Chris. That is very kind of you to say πŸ™‚

  18. circadianreflections October 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    This sounds delicious! I have a pressure cooker, and love this type of dish. It would be perfect on a stormy day. Bookmarking this one!

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      Thank you so much Deborah! You are so right it is perfect for those kinds of days. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

      • circadianreflections October 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

        Thank you! I hope it’s a wonderful week-end. πŸ™‚ I wish you the same.

  19. SueT唐 ζ’¦ 琇 October 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    This looks absolutely delicious. Wow!!

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      Thank You so much Sue for your kind words πŸ™‚

  20. ledrakenoir October 24, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    Great inspiration here (again)… πŸ˜€

    Best wishes for you and yours… πŸ™‚

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

      Thank you so much. Best wishes to you as well πŸ™‚

  21. Harry...the Man! October 25, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    I know what you mean about cancer causing foods. Pre-packaged foods and fast foods are nearly always terrible when you analyse their ingredients. I eat some processed foods and rarely eat fast food for that reason. Supermarket meat isn’t as good as that from a butcher, either. It can be horrific when you think of what you put in your mouth.

    It is always so much better to cook it all yourself.

    Good to hear that this recipe has the approval of both your husband and your five year old. Those will be the best critics.

    Nice to see those two warm smiles in this blog post between two photos of food. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      Thank you Harry. And yes, 5 years old’s are brutally honest in their opinions and taste.

  22. bnanno October 25, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    Looks so good!!
    In the pictures it looks like a puri.
    In Punjab puri is made from just atta/maida (plain flour) with water whereas the dough for bhatura is kneaded with curd and has some kind of leavening agent (baking powder) and sometimes egg in it. Some people swear in adding a mashed potato to bhatura dough but doesn’t work for me.
    Hence puris are thin and crispy and bhatura is crispy but has a more bread like thicker texture too.
    So do tell me which one you tried/try out!

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

      Thank you for pointing out the differences. I tried the puri’s recipe just atta , oil and water.

      • bnanno October 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

        Picture-perfect puris then πŸ™‚

  23. lynne hoareau October 25, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Oh this sounds amazing ! What a great recipe. I am on a huge veggie streak at the moment, so this is going to be fantastic. I definitely will be making this, and soon. Looking forward to your fried bread recipe…no pressure, I promise. Have a lovely week.

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

      Thank you so much Lynne. I am so happy to hear that and will look forward to your feedback. And yes….. no pressure. You too have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  24. thechicdoctor October 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    This seems awesome n authentic ! Definitly going to try !

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Appreciate your kind words. Thank you!

  25. sushi October 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm #


    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

      Thanks Susheela πŸ™‚

  26. Linda Fernandes October 26, 2015 at 5:10 am #

    Wooow so tempting & drooling and your click make more inviting dear Nandini, blessed day ahead πŸ™‚

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank You Linda so much. You too have a blessed weekend πŸ™‚

  27. Alok Singhal October 26, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    I love chole bhature and especially if they have a Punjabi touch. I did have them few days back when i was in Ambala, India πŸ™‚

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

      That is awesome Alok and should I say lucky you for eating it in Ambala πŸ™‚

  28. michnavs October 28, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    such a lovely couple…I will try this recipe…

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  29. The Creators Toolbox October 29, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    You are so talented with your cooking! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

    • Nandini October 30, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  30. thelonelyauthorblog October 31, 2015 at 3:53 am #

    It looks delicious and healthy.

    • Nandini October 31, 2015 at 8:50 am #

      Thank You so much. Appreciate your kind words. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

      • thelonelyauthorblog October 31, 2015 at 8:53 am #

        You have a wonderful weekend. Please keep writing. Anxious for your next post.

  31. infinitebelly November 7, 2015 at 3:08 am #

    All your dishes look absolutely delicious!! We love Indian food so much but never dared to try making it. With your recipes at hand we’ll be sure to finally make it happen! Thank you and have a lovely weekend x

    • Nandini November 7, 2015 at 9:25 am #

      AndrΓ©, Thank you for your kind words and I am so happy to know that it got you motivated to give it a try. Will look forward to your feedback. You and AdΓ©laΓ―de too have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

  32. Deb November 10, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    This looks amazing. I am definitely trying this out sometime. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nandini November 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      You are very welcome Deb and Thank You!

  33. jacksjottings November 13, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Delicious recipes and their photos make my mouth water. The photo of you and your husband was an added pleasure. It is all that wholesome food that keeps both looking great. _/\_

    • Nandini November 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

      Thank You so much Jack that is very kind of you to say. My apologies for not visiting your blog for a while.My reader does not show all the blogs that I follow and it’s really hard to keep a track as I rely on it so much to updated on all blogs post. Hope you are doing well. Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

      • jacksjottings November 14, 2015 at 1:03 am #

        You have a busy life so I should thank you. Pauline and I are in really good shape for our years. We are so fortunate it is a combination of good food, good genes and goog life style. _/\_

        • Nandini November 14, 2015 at 9:12 am #

          Thank You for the note Jack. Happy to know that you and Pauline are doing well. You both have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

  34. Cooking For The Time Challenged November 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    This looks awesome! I love my pressure cooker!

    • Nandini November 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

      Thank You so much. It has become my favorite in the last couple of weeks πŸ™‚

  35. The Gourmet Goddess December 1, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Thanks for the great recipe. I love garbanzo beans and the spices you use are terrific. This is on my “to make” list! I love the pressure cooker, but open-kettle cooking beans works very well, for those that don’t have a PC. Also canned beans work very well, as you mentioned. The difference I find between canned beans (legumes) and beans you soak and cook yourself, is in their texture. I find home prepared beans have a creamier texture, which is great for hummus, but for a stew, I prefer canned, because they hold their shape better. Canned fruits and vegetables get a rather bad rap these days, but it is worth noting that the nutritional value of canned, frozen and fresh vegetables are equal. And if salt is an issue, there are now “no salt added” canned products available. It is rather a luxury to have cans of beans on the shelf, at the ready.

    Great blog…I sort of want to make everything!! This is definitely a keeper!

    • Nandini December 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

      Thank You so much. i truly appreciate your kind words. Also Thank You for sharing your experience with canned beans. Specially the variations in textures something for me to note.

  36. Mastering Persian Cooking June 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    YUM! My absolute favorite and I often make it at home. I am a big fan of Indian food and their to die for naan.

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      Thank You so much . I am happy to hear that you like Indian foods πŸ™‚


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