Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jain Chole Puri ( Chick-Pea Curry With Fried Puffed Whole Wheat Flat Bread )

Know what you eat:
This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein and Copper, and a very good source of Folate and Manganese.Preparation time: 10 mins
Soak time: 8 hours
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves 2


1 C kabuli - chole channa (soak overnight in plenty of water)
1/4 C Channa dal (used for extra gravy & health benefit)
Handfull of whole garam masala ( black pepper,bay leaves, cinnamon stick, few cloves, cardamon big or small)

For Gravy:

1 C Tomato Puree / crushed tomatoes
1 tsp ginger-chilli paste ( avoid ginger if making pure jain)
1/2 tsp. garam masala2 tsp. chole masala
1 tsp. coriander seed powder
1/2 tsp. chilli powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp Amchur Powder (dry mango pwd) or lemon juice
1/2 C water in which channa was boiled

For Tempering:

3 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp yogurt
1 Tbsp half-n-half
2 tsp Kasoori Methi (dried methi leaves)
3-4 pinches asafoetida powder
salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar / jaggery

For Garnishing:

1 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro / Coriander leaves


1. Pressurecook soaked chickpea+ channa dal till very soft, but not mushy (At least 5-6 whistles) along with whole garam masala. Drain, but save water, do not discard.

2. Heat oil in a wok/heavy pan. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida, ginger chilli paste & tomato puree, stirfry for 2 minutes.

3. Add 1 tsp chole powder + all dry masalas, then add chole channa with little left over water which was kept aside.

4. Simmer till gravy is almost dry.

5. Now in a bowl beat yogurt & 1 tsp of chole masala, salt, sugar/ jaggery, mix it well and pour it into the chole. Simmer it untill the gravy becomes thick.

6. Then add 1 Tbsp of half -n-half. Remove from flame, now crush kasoori methi leaves with your palms and sprinkle it over the chole. Mix it well.

7. Garnish it with lemon juice & chopped cilantro leaves.

8. Serve hot with slices of bread, parathas, puri or bhaturas or rotis.

For Puri: ( Fried, Puffed Whole wheat flat bread)

Preparation time 15-20 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
Serves 5-6 puris

1 C Whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp oil for the dough
1/2 C milk / yogurt & water (use accordingly just enough to form a firm dough, and knead till smooth. Cover, let rest at least 1/2 hour, and knead again briefly. If resting more than 1 hour, punch and knead dough again before rolling out.... adding milk or yogurt makes the puri soft)

Canola Oil for frying.


1. Divide puri dough into small balls about golf-ball size, and roll out into 4-6" rounds on an oiled board.

2. Heat canola oil in a fryingwok or saucepan. Add a little salt to the oil to keep it from smoking. Fry the puri one at a time, holding them under the oil on the first side until they puff. Turn and fry till light brown; drain on a paper napkin to soak excess oil.

3. Serve as soon as possible with chole or any prefered vegetable.

Variation to plain puris

For spicy puris:

When making the dough, add to the dry ingredients like turmeric pwd, red chilli pwd, asafoetida pwd & salt according to taste.

These kind of puri is traditionally served with Aam Ras ( mango pulp), basundi, doodhpak (milk sweet-variety)

Event Participation:

My legume love affair twelfth helping hosted by Annarasa.
Delectable Combinations hosted by Kamalika originally started by Sunshinemom


chakhlere said...

woow!! Thats a cool recipe!!
I have never tried any Jain recipe.
Yogurt seems an interesting addition!
Loved it!!

Indian Khana said...

Looks so inviting...and your chole recipe looks interesting too

Gita Jaishankar said...

Hi..thanks for stepping into my blog and the lovely comment. You have a wonderful blog :) The chole looks absoultely delicious, nice click!

Parita said...

Yummy click, I am so hungry now!!!

Cilantro said...

Love this delicious dish. Very tempting.

Ann said...

Oh Yummy! this looks and sounds mouth watering. Love the pic.. Awesome

Pooja said...

Wow looks so delicious! My favourite combo. The second pic isnt displaying. I do not know if I alone have the prob viewing it.

lissie said...

puri and chole is a very good combination...
thank you for visiting my blog!

Vaishali said...

Delicious! I wouldn't have thought it'd be possible to make decent chole without ginger and garlic and onions, but this looks amazing.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Heavenly combo nobody say no to this..lovely really i am hungry seeing this

Lisa Turner said...

Chickpeas are my favorite legume. Sounds like a lovely dish, especially served with that lovely puffed flat bread!

Jyoti said...

Looks awesome ! Loved the idea of masala puris.

sangeeta said...

this is very close to punjabi chhole puri and the picture is just irresistible.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely dish and lovely click. Great job...

kittymatti said...

wow! Looks sooo good, mouth watering..Which brand wheat flour do u use? Looks great

Kalai said...

Chole puri is looking mouthwatering! Nice recipe and pics! :)

Preeti Singh said...

Heyyyy... this is our favorite...looks mouth watering and tangy....very nice click.

chef and her kitchen said...

chole n poori yummy combo dear..Loved ur puffed poori's with no oil on it..

Preety said...

i have jain frnd coming over..this will be perfect lunch for her..

Raks said...

Wow,nothing can beat this combo for me :) Looks very nice:)

Raks said...

Wow,nothing can beat this combo for me :) Looks very nice:)

Christo Gonzales said...

chana baji with poori is one of my favorites.....

Nithya Praveen said...

The chole and the puris look soooo good.Can i invite myself for lunch???:-) Looks wonderful.

Bindiya said...

Wow!! I feel like having some right away!Fabulous recipe.

Unknown said...

Thanks Everyone for your comments..

Nithya its yours, can have it anytime you like.

Preety.. Yep its perfect for your friend..I am sure she will like this heavenly combo..

Kittymatti, I use sujata brand wheat flour..

Vaishali, Beleive me Jain style chole puri also tastes awesome..

Pooja, Thanks for let me know 2nd pic was not up..its up & running now..

Sharmila said...

Without ginger and garlic! Awesome! That plate looks great! :-)

kittymatti said...

oh! I live in houston and I have seen it only in 10-20lb pkts...The chapatis also look good..The puris look so perfect! I wish you could send some parcel!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! perfect Puri ..looks soo yummy with That channa :)

Unknown said...

Kittymatti, I am so glad you liked the puri's so much, and about the flour pkts, we get the same 10-20 lbs here too..I buy 20lbs always, as its our staple food for everyday.

Unknown said...

You have so many delicious n healthy recipes in your blog. I like your'know what you eat' section!

Sunshinemom said...

Ummm:) Mouthwatering!

Chitra said...

Hi Thanks for stopping by my site. I love yours as well. Your puris look to die for! Keep it up!


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