Chole kulche is one of most popular food in North Indian states. Most people love this mouthwatering chole masala with kulcha. I think you also like this awesome food a lot. But do you know any other food which is the best available substitute for chole kulche? Did you ever find any such chole kulche wala who sell unbelievable substitute?
As I said, chole kulche is actually a combination of two different food. Chole masala is a thick gravy based dish and kulcha is nothing but a popular type of Indian bread.
Though this chole kulche is mostly famous in North Indian states but nowadays people from other regions also like this spicy North Indian dish.
When I was in Delhi, I often enjoyed chole kulche from a chole kulche wala at sector 7, Rohini. The food was awesome and surprisingly available for Rs 10 only. That is really unbelievable. Though in 2010 most roadside chole kulche wala actually offered such chole masala and kulche within the range of Rs 10-15.
But surprisingly they actually were not offering chole rather they were offering matar masala and ready-made kulche. Matar means dried white peas. They had a large size Handi (a big size special Indian utensil, generally is used for cooking rice). Everybody used to call it chole kulche but those are actually matar masala along with special ready to serve kulche. They just used to saute kulche on a pan with little butter and serve with matar masala. Those were really cheap and very delicious too. But shockingly, they used to call it as chole kulche.
I asked one of my friends “Why are they saying this chole?” He replied. “Kha le na, maza to aa rahe, aur thoda pyaz le le.” (Eat it, are you not enjoying? Ask some more onion too.) Haha. unbelievable reply too.
Even they used to serve a ready to serve kulche which were easily available at various departmental stores in Delhi. The matar masala is also very easy to make. But kulche has little time taking recipe. When I was at Delhi I never felt any need to make this at home. But once I came to Kolkata then I could not find any such chole kulche wala in the city. So I started making this food at home. I often make it at home as tiffin or sometimes even as my dinner. As kulcha was little time taking recipe, so I find a super cool substitute for kulche. That makes the whole thing very smart.
Chole masala was already replaced with matar masala by the street side chole kulche wala and now kulche is replaced with rolled bread slice by me, haha. Now it becomes very easy so that I can make it whenever I want to have those.
Be Your Own Chole Kulche wala
Matar masala & rolled bread slice recipe
- 1 cup white peas
- 1 small potato
- 1 large tomato
- 1 medium size onion
- 2 teaspoon chaat masala
- 1.5 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- 1 roasted coriander powder
- 1.5 teaspoon aamchur
- 1 tablespoon tamarind water
- 2 green chillies
- Salt as needed
- Some coriander leaves for garnishing, optional
- Water as needed
- 15 bread slices
- 1.5 tablespoon melted butter
- Pinches of black pepper powder
- Wash white peas and soak in water for atleast 8 hours
- Now boil soaked white peas & potato in a pressure cooker till 10-12 whistles and then cook it over low fire for next 30 mins
- Now drain boiled water (or preserve it for any other use) and mash both boiled white peas & potato
- Add spices (chaat masala, red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, roasted coriander powder & aamchur) and combine all
- Now add finely chopped tomato, onion, green chillies and coriander leaves and mix all ingredients with spicy white peas & potato
- Garnish it with additional fresh coriander leaves and serve
- Take bread slices, cut its sides and roll it to make it thin
- Now heat butter in a pan, and fry both sides of those rolled bread slices
- Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve it with matar masala