Monday, December 19, 2011

Rockstar Bhatura with Channa Masala with - A Breakfast Surprise

Why weekends are so special, why we all always look forward to weekends, why we plan so much to finish on these weekends, and try so much to catch up with ourselves, family n friends ??? Well, a gud weekend makes your rest of the week  and then you are at your best at work. At least this holds so TRUE for me and a hearty brunch on a weekend wintery morning can put life back on the track... ! Last weekend  my MIL made a surprise breakfast for us all and we had loads and loads of fun + food, right first thing in the morning...few days have passed but still every morning I wake up and look at the table to be laid full of some surprise food...

Here's our Rock Star.. Channa Masala + Bhatura = Magic !!!

Any how here is a quick and easy recipe for making delicious platter of Channa masala (Chickpea curry) enjoyed with Bhaturas (Deep fried APF bread) & served with tangy pickles and Salad.

Ingredients for making Channa Masala:
Chickpeas: 1 cup
Onion: 2 medium sized
Tomatoes: 4, chopped
Ginger : 1 tsp, juliennes (save some for garnishing)
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Black tea bag: 2 (optional, for making dark brown channas)
Salt: 2 tsp or season to taste
Chili Powder: 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala: 2 tsp
Channa masala: 1 tsp (Roasted + grounded Black cardamom, cloves, cumin, pepper corns and cinnamon)
Coriander : for garnishing

Method: -
Wash and soak the chickpeas in warm water for couple of hours or preferably overnight.
In a pressure cooker add water, chickpeas, teabags, salt  and cook on low heat till they are tender.
In a nonstick pan, saute chopped onions, tomatoes, freshly grated ginger.
Add seasoning of salt, chilli, chaat masala and channa masala to taste. Let it cool for a while.
Puree the mix (Tadka) to make a smooth paste.
This tadka can be made ahead and added to boiled chickpeas.
Add this masala to chickpeas and simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
Serve hot with few ginger julliens and a spring of coriander.
Enjoy sizzling chickpeas with Bhaturas.... !!!!

Ingredients for making Bhaturas :-
All Purpose Flour: 1cup
Semolina: 2 tsp
Salt: a generous pinch
Sugar: 1/2 tsp
Warm oil: 1 tsp
Yogurt: 1/4 cup
Bread slice: 1
Warm water: 2 -3 tsp (just add slowly as required)
Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
Oil for frying

In a bowl, sift APF and semolina.
Add salt, sugar and baking powder and sift the ingredients again.
Crumble a slice of bread in the mixture and add some warm water and oil.
Mix the yogurt and knead the mixture to make a soft dough.
Cover the dough and let it rest and ferment for some time.
After approximately 2 hours or so, the dough is ready. Give it a knead again.
Take a small ball and roll it in long discs as thin as possible.
Heat the oil and check if its temperature is ready by dropping a small ball of dough.
If it rises rapidly, the oil is hot and ready.
Drop the the thin discs in the hot oil and it fluffs up readily to make a yummy and delicious bhaturas.

Can't wait to take a bite ...

This time my platter was already ready with channa, pickles and salad and was just eagerly waiting for a bhatura to be dropped straight from the stove and enjoyed it thoroughly and later did the shooting....!!!!

Mango pickle & onion/tomato salad , adds to this magic !

Do try this easy and festive recipe in the upcoming holidays with your family....!
I wud love to hear your feedback and sincerely appreciate all your valuable comments at my space.  Wish you ALL  a wonderful time and stay tuned to my blog till I come back with another festive recipe.

Happy Holidays All...Have fun and Stay Warm.....!!!!!


  1. favourite combination looks wonderful Happy holidays to you and family Sonia

  2. Looks so yum this ...enjoy gal

  3. Thank you so much for ur warm wishes. Have fun !!!

  4. My most favourite combo,can have it even everyday..inviting.

  5. My most fav weekend combo meal!!!! Looks so yumm!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. Yummy!!!
    So inviting....wants to grab all.
    Presentation &Clicks fantastic.

  7. Dearest Sonia, This looks incredible. I wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

    HUGS <3

  8. Hi Sonia! I'm so sorry I haven't been able to visit. I'm still having eye problems:(

    I would love to try this meal ASAP! I wonder if I could use, dare I say, canned chickpeas?

    A very Happy and Safe Holiday to you and yours. I should be back to regular blogging, hopefully, early in January. Thank you so much for sharing...Stay warm:)

  9. Thank you so much ladies....!
    @ Loiuse, hope you are feeling much better now and ofcourse you can use canned chickpeas too to simplify ur work and can season it to your taste, take care !!!

  10. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at

  11. I happened on your blog a month ago and have been salivating over these since then. Finally I made the Channa masala yesterday and it tastes awesome!!!!!! I am going to follow this recipe from now on!

    Thanks for sharing this with us!


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