The Art of Chhole Bhature: A Family Recipe

Here, I'll share with you our family's secret Chhole Bhature recipe, the flavors that filled my Sunday mornings, and the techniques that make this dish an unforgettable experience.

Delhi, with its tantalizing aromas and vibrant street food culture, holds a special place in my heart. And, within that rich tapestry of flavors, one dish truly stands out – the beloved Chhole Bhature. It’s not just a meal; it’s an emotion, a journey down memory lane, a plate filled with love. Here, I’ll share with you our family’s secret recipe, the flavors that filled my Sunday mornings, and the techniques that make this dish an unforgettable experience.

A Symphony of Flavors

Chhole Bhature is a combination of two main elements:

  • Chhole: Spicy chickpea curry simmered with love and a blend of special spices.
  • Bhature: Deep-fried, soft, and fluffy bread that complements the chhole like a warm hug.

Together, they create a dance of flavors that transports you right to the bustling streets of Delhi.

Choley Bhature

Chhole: A Spicy Love Affair


  • Chickpeas: 2 cups (soaked overnight)
  • Onions: 2 (finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes: 2 (pureed)
  • Ginger-garlic paste: 2 tsp
  • Chhole masala: 2 tbsp
  • Red chili powder: 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Salt: To taste
  • Coriander leaves: For garnish

Cooking the Chhole

  1. Preparation: Boil the chickpeas with a tea bag (for color) until soft.
  2. Sautéing the Base: In a pan, heat oil, sauté onions till golden, then add ginger-garlic paste.
  3. Adding Tomatoes and Spices: Mix in tomato puree, chhole masala, red chili, and turmeric powder.
  4. Simmering with Chickpeas: Add the chickpeas, salt, and water as needed. Simmer until the flavors meld together.
  5. Garnish: Finish with chopped coriander leaves.

Bhature: The Perfect Companion


  • All-purpose flour: 2 cups
  • Yogurt: 1 cup
  • Baking soda: ½ tsp
  • Sugar: 1 tsp
  • Salt: To taste
  • Oil: For deep frying

Making the Bhature

  1. Mixing the Dough: Combine flour, yogurt, baking soda, sugar, and salt to make a soft dough.
  2. Resting the Dough: Cover and let it rest for 2-3 hours.
  3. Rolling and Frying: Divide into balls, roll into oval shapes, and deep fry till golden brown.

The Serving Tradition

  • Chhole: Serve hot, garnished with ginger juliennes and a wedge of lemon.
  • Bhature: Serve fresh and hot with a side of pickled onions.
Serve WithDescription
PicklesAdds tanginess
YogurtBalances the spice
LemonA squeeze of freshness

Memories and More

My father used to say, “Chhole Bhature is not just food; it’s a celebration.” He was right. The laughter, the joy, the shared stories – it’s all embedded in this dish.

Reliving the Tradition

Embrace the authenticity of Delhi’s flavors right at your dining table. Whether it’s a family gathering or a special treat for yourself, this dish is bound to bring smiles.


Ah, the symphony of Chhole Bhature! It’s more than just a recipe; it’s a celebration, an embrace of culture, and a connection to the vibrant streets of Delhi. From the lovingly simmered chhole to the soft, golden bhature, each bite is a dance of flavors, a homage to a rich culinary heritage.

Whether you decide to delve into the kitchen guided by our family’s secret recipe or experiment with your own twist, may the delightful combination of spices, textures, and aromas evoke memories and emotions that transcend mere sustenance.

So, dear friends, grab your apron and spices and let’s embark on this culinary journey together. Re-create the magic of Delhi’s streets, indulge in the nostalgia, and relish the authentic taste of Chhole Bhature right in your home. The joy of cooking and sharing this iconic dish awaits you. Happy cooking!

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Vanshika Siddiqui, also known as 'The Lazy Chef,' is a culinary explorer passionate about Delhi's vibrant street food. Growing up in the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place, she learned the art of re-creating Delhi-cacies. Now, she shares her love for Indian flavors with the world through her website and Youtube Channel, The Lazy Chef Cooking. Join her on this flavorful journey, where every dish is a story seasoned with love and a dash of spice.

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