Of perfect color and in shape, not very big, not very small, I saw those big drops had started to fall, one at a time, dripping down as the bath was getting over while it was held to the corner of the frying pan, waiting to join its mate, the chickpeas in the bowl.
Don’t you ever drool over the sight of those round ‘Bhaturas‘ being fried just for you to eat them up and satisfy your lusty taste buds!?
Well, I do every single time.
This article, however, is not to talk of the heavenly taste of the combo but to let you the readers know some of the crazy facts regarding the dish, some of which might have not been expected!
So, let’s take a plunge into the delicious world of authentic tastes…
1) 2nd October is an important day!
For obvious reasons it is, but for some not so obvious reasons too!
Other than the Gandhi Jayanti, there is something this day is celebrated for!
Surprisingly our Bapu’s day is also known as the ‘World Chole Bhature Day‘.
First celebrated in 2015 in India and all the places where this dish is popular by thousands of people by posting a picture of themselves with the cuisine on Facebook, virtually making thousands of people eating it together!
Isn’t it interesting?
2) Garba….. What?
Well yes, it’s true.
If you are wondering what it is, it is a common chickpea that I’m talking about!
Yes, the very our chickpeas (Kabuli chana) is also known as Garbanzo! Commonly known as chana, or Bengal gram, this very name is derived from the Spanish language.
3) Are you tall enough? Let’s see!
How tall are you?
A maximum of 6 ft. or for a safe side 6.5 ft?
What if you are given to eat something of 4.2 ft. Something edible which is 4 ft and 2 inches tall, don’t you think we needed to be a little taller!
The world record for the biggest Bhatura was made in Delhi in 2017 which measured to be 4 ft and 2 inches tall. It got a place in the Limca Book of World Records.
4) Homographs find some applications here..(not strictly though)
Homographs are words spelled the same but have different meanings with the same or different pronunciations. Surprisingly, the Hindi word “chole” has so many meanings in English and other languages!
Few of them are listed below:
- Chole: chickpeas, grams
- Chole: a woreda- a third-level administrative division in Ethiopia
- Chole: bile
- Chole: a medical slang for cholecystitis
- Chole: an antecedent of Golf
Health is wealth, and if health is a new delight?
In today’s dynamical environment, things have been constantly on a change.
From parathas dipped in ghee, people have moved on to brown bread, a glass full of lassi is now replaced by a bottle of juice. All this ‘CZ of the big fat word “DIETING” (P.S.- I made it fat :-P). But what if, our very own luscious dishes turn out to be healthy? Well, Chole Bhature is one such combo which with a few changes can be turned into a healthy but heavenly treat.
Avoiding excess oil and masalas, chickpeas can be a source of many health benefits. They have high amounts of vitamins and minerals and are rich in fiber and proteins, which bundles it with lots of health benefits like weight management, blood sugar levels, etc.
As far as the Bhaturas are concerned, they can be made with wheat flour, which has less fat and is not as harmful as is the all-purpose flour.
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So, that was 5 Insane (but true) Things About Chole Bhature that I bet you didn’t know. If you think that we’re missing something out here, then do let us know in the comments and also, suggest to us various topics to write more content on.
Thanks for reading 🙂