20 June 2009

Channa Batura / chick peas curry

Chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, folate and protein. They are also very high in dietary fiber and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for persons with insulin sensitivity or diabetes Chickpeas are low in fat and most of this is polyunsaturated (source :wikipedia)

When i got engaged my office colleague sent me an email containing a recipe PDF..
I had neatly printed it out and filed it. This came in handy during my trial times as i was zero in cooking .. i have tried this several times and this has always been a super duper hit at my place..
I'm not sure as to whether this is Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe.. but the taste is unbeatable !

For Bhatura

2 cups plain flour (maida)
2 tbsp. curds
2 tbsp. butter or oil
1/2 tsp. soda bicarb
salt to taste
Milk to knead dough
oil to deep fry

  • Sieve together flour, salt and soda.
  • Add and mix in curds and oil.
  • Add enough milk to knead into a soft pliable dough.
  • Cover with a wet cloth.
  • Keep aside for 5-6 hours. Make sure the cloth does not dry up, or wet again.
  • Knead dough again. Take fistful of dough. Roll into 1/4" thick 5" diameter round. Fry in hot oil.
  • Turning only once. Till very light golden in colour. Repeat for all. Serve hot with hot channa and
  • slices of onions and lemon.

For Channa


1 cup kabuli channa soaked overnight
1 large tomato
2 large onions
1 1/2 tbsp. chopped coriander
1 tsp. ginger grated
1 tsp. garlic crushed
1 lemon (juice extracted)
2 tbsp. oil, 1 tbsp. ghee
1 tsp. tea leaves (tied into a pouch in a
small piece of clean muslin cloth)
4 green chillies slit
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. cumin seeds

Dry masalas

1 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. each cinnamon - clove powder,
turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. each garam masala, pepper powder
salt to taste

Method for Channa

  • Put the soaked, washed channa in a cooked with enough water, tea pouch and bay leaves.
  • Pressure cook till done. (approx. 6-7 whistles).
  • Cool about 5 tbsp. channa for grinding.
  • In a mixie, blend together 1/2 tomato, 1 onion, cooled channa and 1/2 tbsp. coriander. Keep aside.
  • Chop remaining tomatoes and onions fine.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • Add cumin seeds to splutter.
  • Add ginger-garlic and fry for a minute.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, onion and fry till tender.
  • Add channa-paste, fry further 3-4 minutes.
  • Add all dry masala except cinnamon-clove powder.
  • Stir and fry till oil separates. Add drained channa and 2 cup water which was drained from channa.
  • Stir and bring to boil.
  • Simmer for 7-8 minutes till gravy thickens.
  • Take in serving dish.
  • Heat ghee in a small sauce pan.
  • Add the chillies and cinnamon-clove powder.
  • Add chopped coriander and pour hot over the channa.
  • Squeeze lemon over channa.
  • Stir in seasoning gently.
Making time :- 30 mins (excluding pressure cooking)

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Vrinda said...

Wow..my all time fav..looks so perfect and yumm Pooja..u made me hungry..

Pooja said...

hey thanks vrinda!

Padma said...

One of fav Pooja ... bhatura and channa look so delicious and perfect ....

Priya said...

Send me that plate Pooja, just love this delicous pair!

Poornima Nair said...

Chole looks yumm...I just posted yesterday...great with the baturas.

Pooja said...

Thanks Dear!

Sure Priya right away !

Yeah poornima i had commented on that after having channa batura for dinner..
i guess its a channa seasin..Parita had also posted it yesterday !

Gita said...

Wow Pooja..thats a delicious platter...I wish I could have that now :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Gita.. you u r always welcome to have them !

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

It is raining hard here and i feel like having some hot poori after seeing your post.

Parita said...

Wow your version sounds delicious!

Pooja said...

hey same here been raining like hell with thunder and lightning
now i almost started singing "rain rain go away"
it was nice to have poori and channa ..we had it yesterday night !

yeah parita it is delicious but little lengthy

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Wow,I luv this combination. Looks so delicious.Nice click too:).

Pooja said...

hey Thanks Dhanya !

Malar Gandhi said...

You gave me the idea for dinner, thanx, picture luks lovely.

Pooja said...

hey thanks Malar.. have a nice
dinner !

Pooja said...

Wow my favourite combo! I can have this ant day for lunch/dinner. Looks awesome! And thanks for the mention about pdf..I too have a similar one that my colleague had sent me before marriage..what a coincidence! But you know what? I forgot about it completely until I happened to see your post. Have to go through the recipes in that pdf!

My Taste Heaven said...

It really looks good and yummy!

Pooja said...

thanks a lot pooja.. i guess probably its the same pdf :-)

@My tastes heaven
Thnaks for dropping by !

Sukanya said...

Looks heavenly......

Rush said...

the channa bhature look sos tempting yaar..i seriously loved it!!

Pooja said...


thanks dear !

thaks rush... thats my fav !