Monday, 26 January 2009

Bhaturas ( Fluffy Indian Bread)


This is a light fluffy Indian bread recipe that is traditionally served with Chole (check recipes)
These are sold by street traders in all major towns in Northern India.

Happy cooking


2 cups plain flour, sieved
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tblsp natural yogurt
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup of water
2 tblsp groundnut oil
oil for deep frying


In a large bowl sieve the flour, bicarbonate soda and salt.
add the water, a little at a time and mix until you get a dough the consistency of normal bread dough.
add the yogurt and oil and mix into the dough.
If the dough becomes really sticky, which it will, add more flour so you can manage it without it
sticking to your hands.

cover and leave for at least 2- hours, in fact the longer you leave it the lighter and fluffier your bhaturas will be.

when you are ready, get the dough, some extra flour for rolling and a rolling pin, ready for rolling out the bhatura.

put the oil on for frying, remember: chuck in a piece of bread into the oil to check the temperature, if it sizzles and goes a golden brown colour, it is ready.

now, get a golf ball size piece of dough and roll into a ball in the palms of your hands, if it is to sticky put some flour on you hands and also put flour on the rolling pin and the surface you will be rolling on. Use the rolling pin to roll out the dough into say 5-6 inch pancakes.
put the pancake into the oil and fry for about 45 seconds each side.
remove from oil, place on kitchen paper to remove excess oil and repeat this process for the rest of the dough mixture.

serve hot with my Chole recipe