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The Most Authentic Old Dehli Style Chole Bhature Recipe. Photo by Rishabh Mathur.

The Most Authentic Old Dehli Style Chole Bhature Recipe [Video]

If you’ve read the best places in Delhi to eat Chole Bhature then you know I’m crazy about this delicious savoury and spicy quintessential Delhi dish. Some days I’d eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best Chole Bhature restaurants keep their recipe a guarded secret. Their unique recipe is the reason for their success. I wanted in on this secret. People told me “you’ll never work the recipe out, it’s a secret.” That made me more intent on getting as close to the famous Delhi chole stores as possible.

After three attempts, I found the holy grail of chole. Your search for the perfect and authentic Old Delhi style Chole Bhature recipe ends here. I’ve tried and tested the below recipe, so you don’t have to. The recipe and instructional video are from the amazing (you’ll see why when you watch the video) BharatzKitchen.

Note: This is just the Chole recipe, not for the Bhature bread. I prefer to eat this with healthier roti or rice.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

For Boiling the Chickpeas (Chole)

  • 200 g (1 cup) chickpeas (unsoaked)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp powdered)
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 medium sized pomegranate skin (not essential if you don’t have it)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda

    Half way there. Even at this point, the Chole taste amazing! Photo © Karl Rock.

    Half way there. Even at this point, the Chole taste amazing! Photo © Karl Rock.

Chole Masala Spice Mix

3 ½ tsp coriander powder (duniya poweder)
  • ¾ tsp ginger powder (soonth powder)
  • ¾ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp pomegranate seed powder (anar dana powder)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (clarified butter) to cook the spices

For Frying & Cooking

  • 5 Tbsp vegetable oil, such as olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp hing powder (asafoetida powder)
  • 1 finely chopped medium sized onion
  • 6 x 1-inch long sliced fresh ginger sticks
  • 2 green chillies
  • ¼ cup beaten and strained unflavoured natural yoghurt (I leave this out of the recipe! No idea why it’s in there, it doesn’t change the taste)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • ½ Cup Water


Preparation and cook time is around 1 hour all up.

Homemade Aloo Paratha. Photo by Abigail Becker.

Eating the Largest Paratha in the World

I’ve always had a love affair with Parathas. How can you resist them? Imagine naan bread but thinner, made instead with whole wheat flour, stuffed with potato, chillies and spices, then simmered and covered in butter. It’s heaven in the morning. The only thing better than an Aloo (potato) Paratha is an Amritsari Kulcha, but that’s another article altogether.

My paratha consumption had begun to fall drastically when I discovered the joys of Chole Bhature. I got addicted to Chole Bhature and for the last few months had been trying to make up for the last 32 years of my life having avoided chole (chickpeas). I was neglecting Parathas. It was time to fix this injustice.

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Rooftop restaurants are always fun. They can be ideal for a romantic getaway, chilling out with friends or spending some much-needed time with your family. Besides, the best thing about such restaurants is that they aren’t claustrophobic like the indoor restaurants. No offence, but it is always helpful to have some fresh air while binging on fantastic food.

India has many rooftop restaurants and diners with some of the best views ever. These views aren’t just limited to cities but a lot more than that. Want to know some of the best terrace diners in the country? Read on.

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