Bhaturas are Indian fried puffy breads. They actually puff up as you deep fry them, which is why they are a lot of fun to make. This is a lovely recipe I learned from my grandmother. (If you want more ideas, try this cheese and onion bread recipe.)
Since they are neither sweet nor salty, Bhaturas are very versatile. You can drizzle your favourite chutney on them. Check out my chutney recipes on my homepage.
Many Indians serve these tasty breads with Channa Masala.
- 240g all-purpose flour (also known as Maida)
- 1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 50g yoghurt
- 2 tsp. milk
- Sieve the all-purpose flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl.
- Melt the butter a little bit in the microwave and add to the bowl.
- Add the milk and the yoghurt.
- Knead until the dough is soft and elastic. This may take a while, but consider it good exercise!
- Now roll this dough into a ball.
- Cover the ball with a wet cloth.
- Set the ball of dough aside for 5 hours. From time to time, check the cloth on top of the dough. You do not want it to dry up completely, so wet it every so often.
- After the allotted time, take this dough and knead it more.
- Take a small amount and roll it into round circles that are approximately 1 centimetre by 10 centimetres thick. Try to make these circles as perfectly round as possible.
- Heat up the vegetable oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Wait until it is very hot.
- Take one of these circular Bhaturas and slowly lower it into the oil. Do this slowly because at this point the oil is very hot and if it spatters up on you, it will burn you.
- Let it fry for about 2 minutes. It should puff up as it is frying.
- Flip the Bhatura over. You will only flip it over once. Wait until it is slightly golden.
- Carefully remove from the oil.
- Leave it on a paper towel to let the oil drain off. Otherwise, it will be extremely fattening!
- Repeat this with the rest of the dough circles.
Makes: 5 Bhaturas
Takes: 30 minutes (plus 5 hours for the dough to sit)
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