Monday, October 5, 2009

Birthday Lunch Special - Chole Bhatura and Jalapeno Chicken

One great thing about my hubby is he never insists on what cook, and whatever and however I cook he appreciates it. Sometimes this makes me  annoyed when I run out of ideas and I dont get any help on it from him. Its always easy for me to cook rather than deciding what to cook.
Unlike me he does not have too many favorites in food, and anything I cook he used to enjoy as if he is eating for the first time but whenever we go to vegetarian restaurant most of the time he orders chole bhatura and in non-veg buffet, I have seen him  hogging a plate full of chicken 65 couple of times so I concluded those two should be his favorite and I decided  to prepare chole bhatura and chicken 65  for lunch on his birthday. I thought to do some variation in these dishes  and I added jalapeno to chicken guessing it would give a nice spicy kick to the chicken  and for chole bhatura I retained the same, nothing to modify in it. I hope as usual he enjoyed this special dish I made for him with love. In my previous post he left few comments in the name VJ and I felt little encouraging and I hope he does same for this too and  waiting for it. 

This tasted really good and loved it, only disappointment is it never came fully puffed up, mistake may be I kneaded the dough too soft and after resting for 3 hrs it became more soft, so make sure you dont do the same mistake.  
All Purpose flour/maida - 2 cups
Sugar - 1tsp
Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Baking Powder - 1tsp
Salt to taste 
Water as needed
Oil to fry

Combine all the ingredients  in a bowl and knead the dough with enogh water and make it to a  soft dough(not too soft) and rest this dough coved for 2 to 3 hrs and this gonna make even  more soft.
After 2 to 3 hrs, take a small ball of dough and roll them. Heat oil in a pan and fry them in hot oil.  Serve with chole.

Simple Chole 
I call it as simple chole b'coz I never grinded any masalas and also did not use any store bought chole masala, I made it my own way and it tasted good.

Chole/chick peas - 2 cups 
Onion - 1/2 of a onion chopped
Tomato - 1 chopped
Ginger chopped - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Coriander Powder - 2tsp
Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Amchur Powder - 1 tsp
Kasoori methi - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp 
Salt to taste
Oil - 2tsp

Soak chick peas overnight and pressure cook them and set aside or simple use canned like I did.
In a skillet heat and when it heats up add the cumin seed and when it splutter add onion and ginger and saute for few mins and add tomato and cook till is fully cooked and juicy and start adding all the powders one by one and mix and if needed add water to avoid burning of the powders. Add the boiled or canned chickpeas and add some water and cook until it reaches a thick consistency. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with bhatura.

Jalapeno Chicken
This one stole the show, I saved some without adding the jalapenos for my kids and they really enjoyed it.

Boneless chicken - 1 lb cut into a bite size piece
Lemon juice - 1tsp
yogurt - 3 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Corn Flour - 2tsp
Red food color
Soy sauce - 1 tsp
Jalapeno - 3 chopped to small pieces
Curry leaves - 10
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

In a bowl marinate chicken with all ingredients expect jalapeno, curry leaves and soy sauce and let rest for 1 hr. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the curry leaves and keep aside and fry the marinated chicken in the same oil and transfer to a kitchen towel to drain the excess oil. In a other pan, heat 1tsp of oil and fry the jalapeno with salt and little lemon juice till pepper is soft and before removing from the stove add the soy sauce and mix chicken to it and transfer to a serving plate and put the fried curry leaves on the top and serve with some onions.


  1. Seems a good lunch party you had!Pity that there were no guests!Must've been a blast.

  2. sure viji we had a good lunch but not good enough for a party...


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