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foodfirst Oct 31, 2002 04:08 AM

What are chole batura and pav bhaji? They aren't in any glossaries that I've found on the web, and I'm trying to planning my next meal at a recently discovered gem of an Indian cafe..... Thanks.

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    Simon Majumdar Oct 31, 2002 06:14 AM

    Chole Batura is a Tamil dish from South India. I am never quite sure what is in it, but they serve with large puri or porotta

    Pav Bhaji is a jain dish. It comprises vegetables cooked with fenugreek and then served in a pav bun which is topped with Pav massala.

    The best I have had of the latter in NY is at Dimple on 37th between 6th & 7th, but I am sure there are better in other places

    Hope this helps


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    1. re: Simon Majumdar
      zim Oct 31, 2002 08:40 AM

      Hey simon and foodfirst, chole bhatura is also punjabi, in fact I think versions of it are served throughout the country.

      one of the few punjabi phrases I know is to ask for more. Bhatura is a large bread, with a puffier, chewier texture than puri, and lighter than naan. Chole can refer to most chick pea currys, but I've often seen it be specific to a chick pea curry that is slightly thicker and sour (either by tamarind or dried green mago powder-amchur)

      Pav bhaji is pretty much as Simon described - is one of the more famous bombay street foods. If a place serves that you may also wanna try their bhel puri (puffed rice "salad") puffed rice with cilantro, finely chopped raw onions and other variable toppings

      hope that helps.

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      Salsa Oct 31, 2002 11:09 AM

      so....what is this gem of an indian restaurant? Don't keep it to yourself!

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      1. re: Salsa
        foodfirst Oct 31, 2002 07:30 PM

        It's in Bangkok -- I posted on the intl board.

      2. meatnveg Aug 12, 2013 07:29 PM

        Chole - Chickpeas
        Bhatura - A yeasted naan that is deep fried not baked

        Pav - A bun (very similar to dinner rolls)
        Bhaji - Bhaji is a generic term that literally means 'cooked vegetables'. However, when used with pav, it is always a potato based dish.

        Chole Bhature are a staple in the North, from where it originates (Punjab/Haryana). Pav Bhaji is a distinctly Bombay dish, right up there with Bhel

        Both of these are essentially street food btw and had for breakfast in winter (especially Chole Bhature)

        Source: I'm indian

        edit to add recipe links
        CB - http://cooks.ndtv.com/recipe/show/chole-bhature-231327

        PB - http://www.tarladalal.com/Pav-Bhaji-2...

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        1. re: meatnveg
          klyeoh Aug 12, 2013 10:48 PM

          Wow, meatnveg, you resuscitated an 11-year-old thread!

          Well, both are some of my fave snack items :-)

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