Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bhatura bread

Bhatura is an Indian fried bread, and a tasty alternative to the usual naan or roti.

2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup yoghurt
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp sugar
oil for frying

Sift flour and baking powder, then add salt.
Mix yoghurt, milk and sugar, then add this to the flour.
Knead the dough softly until it is smooth.
Cover and keep in a warm place for an hour.
Divide into 12-20 portions (depending on how big you want the bread to be), rolls into balls and set aside for 10 minutes.
Flatten the balls with your hands, dip into some extra flour on each side, and roll out with a rolling ping to 3mm thick.
Heat 4-5cm oil in a wok or deep saucepan and fry the dough until light brown in colour.

There are quite a few bhatura cooking demomstrations on youtube, so browse the videos there to watch the frying technique in particular.

This easy recipe results in lovely fluffy bread that makes a perfect sponge for soaking up curry!

Generally they should puff up into a ball when fried with some TLC, but as I was cooking 3 at a time in a hurry they ended up with a slightly different texture. I may have also rolled them a bit too thin. Still just as tasty!


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