help with a couple of Indian food names
- 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.
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
re: Simon Majumdar
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.
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/cho...