Channa bhatura

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal789
  • fat27g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs106g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre15g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.3g
  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • Ingredients

  • self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • small bunch fresh fenugreek or coriander, finely chopped
  • 250-300ml lukewarm milk
  • sunflower oil, for deep-frying

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • For the channa

  • 2 tsp black loose-leaf tea, brewed in 1 litre hot water
  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp ghee



    The Indian version of clarified butter (ie a butter that has had its milk solids removed, making…

  • 2 onions, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 black cardamom pods, bruised
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tsp ground fenugreek
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp anardana
  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 1 tsp kala namak
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • sliced red onion and yogurt, to serve
  • ½ small bunch of coriander, leaves picked, plus extra to serve
  • Method

    1. Mix the flour, fenugreek and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the milk until it comes together, then tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until you have a soft, pliable dough. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and set aside to rise for at least 2 hrs or overnight in the fridge.

    2. Meanwhile, strain the tea and discard the leaves. Tip in the chickpeas and leave to infuse for at least 1 hr. 

    3. Melt the ghee in a large saucepan, then add the onions and cumin seeds. Fry over a low heat for 20 mins or until the onions are caramelised. Add the black cardamom and fry again briefly, then add the ginger, garlic and chillies, and cook until fragrant. Add the cinnamon, fenugreek, coriander, ginger, chilli and anardana (if using), and fry for 1 min.

    4. Tip in the tomatoes and tomato purée, and cook again until the tomatoes have broken down, about 20 mins. Add the turmeric and chickpeas along with the brewed tea. Sprinkle in the kala namak, pepper and a pinch of sea salt. Let it come to the boil, then turn down the heat to low and leave to simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 mins. Add more water if you would like the curry to be looser. 

    5. Fill a large pan a third full with sunflower oil. Heat to 180C on a thermometer or until a cube of bread sizzles immediately when lowered in and browns within 30 seconds. Take golf ball-sized chunks of dough, roll into balls, then flatten and roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface until you have a saucer-sized disc, about ½cm thick. Gently lower into the hot oil with a slotted spoon and let it rise to the surface – it should puff up. Fry for 1-2 mins until golden, then drain on kitchen paper. Serve with the channa, red onion, a little yogurt and a sprinkling of coriander.

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