Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bhatura

This is something that I normally only eat at restaurants... and among my favorite dishes. Though I know it's rather unhealthy - what with it being deep-fried, refined flour, there is something delicious about the chewy, slightly tangy, puffed up bread and with a spicy chole/ channa masala on the side, it couldn't get any better. I was thinking that it has been very long since I had this... slightly more than 2 years to be precise. Though I make pooris once in a while, bhaturas are something that I pretty much reserve as an item to eat out.

On a whim, I set about kneading the dough for this and after about 4 hours or so, the batter looked fluffy and seemed to have grown in size a bit.. so the yogurt apparently lends to some fermentation. Very soon, I was rolling them out into small bhaturas and was so happy when they puffed up beautifully. This and channa masala made for a very satisfying, albeit filling dinner. The following makes about 6 to 7 small bhaturas.

BHATURAS


Ingredients:
All purpose Flour (Maida) - 1.5 cups
Rava (Semolina) - 1 tbsp
Yogurt - 2 tbsp (a bit sour would be good)
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - half tsp, or to taste
Sugar - a pinch
Water - as required to make a dough
Oil - to deep fry

Method:
1) Knead the above with water as required to make a stiff dough. Cover and allow to rest for atleast 4 hours. The dough seemed softer & fluffier after this resting period.

2) Pinch off small balls of dough, dust in all purpose flour and roll out into slightly thick rounds.

3) Heat oil in a pan to deep fry (ensure that it's not too hot) slip in the rolled out dough, and press gently so it puffs up all around. Flip over and let the other side cook as well. This won't be totally brown but will have a pale colour. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

38 comments:

  1. bahturas looks nice and fluffy and the chole looks delicious too!!

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  2. My favorite.I don't how many times I have eaten these, I still crave for more! :D

    Looks wonderful, making me feel hungry and craving for some now! :)

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  3. very delicious ... the bhatura looks nicely puffed :)

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  4. Laavanya, you are a mind reader, I was thinking of these beauties just a second ago. Delicious!

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  5. One of my favourite dishes...bhaturas look great...

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  6. Wow! You made these at home! I love chole bhature. I just had it a few days back in Canada at this fab Indian restaurant (visiting M). It is unhealthy but it is o.k. once in a while...tastes oh-so-good!
    I would have made fried stuff myself had I not been so lazy.;D

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  7. yumm...so so good...tho i will shamefully have to confess...i would have eaten all the 6-7 you would have made...i do have a huuuge appetite...all the food you cook looks great!...so how are you doing?? will touch base soon :)

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  8. i am big fan of bhatura but never tried making at home..your looks sooo perfect

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  9. I never attempted at home , looks really yummy with channa!

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  10. only once i made it at home.yours looks tempting. the chole also is very inviting.

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  11. My all time fav Laavanya..I still remember it was funny when I asked the waiter of Udupi for a paper towel and started pressing the Bhattura's on n on to absorb the oil..Ofcourse dint quite help me..:P
    Will definitely try this..:)

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  12. looks delcious..i too make it similarly with baking powder..my friends makes it with yeast..have to try that version too..

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  13. Bhaturas look so nice. Yummy!

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  14. i love bhatura too but since its not quite healthy I tend to avoid it .. chhole looks yum

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  15. Thinking of trying both:)nice post dear..

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  16. Bhatura is looking fluffy. All of us luv it.

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  17. I love bhaturas. Like you saud i also only eat then in restraunts.
    Looks so yumm and it has puffed up.

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  18. Yet to try bhatura at home, love to eat them, fluffy bhatura makes me hungry:)

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  19. my hubby's fav.. looks perfect & nice click..

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  20. I make bhaturas too...turns out good only on certain days.

    Don't you add yeast?

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  21. made ur paneer jalfrazie today.came out very well.we both likd it.thank u for a nice recipe.

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  22. me & my husband loves bhatura!!I tried it few days back..i didn't get a puffed/smooth bhatura..I will try yours..looks yummy!!!

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  23. Looks lovely! Never tried them at home.
    I have something for u in my blog, Pls Accept!

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  24. oh my gosh! i love bhatura! your post is making me hungry!

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  25. Lovely recipe. My fav. YUM!. looks so good.

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  26. Same here. I order these at restaurants, but never tried making it at home. Looks delicious.

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  27. cholay bhature! you got me craving some NOW

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  28. Thank you superchef.

    That's true Asha... I'm the same way.

    Thank you indhu.

    ISG - it's hard not to dream of these from time to time :)

    That's good to know Poornima - thanks.

    TBC, Nice to know you are visiting M :) Enjoy yourselves. I know.. it's easy to forget that it's unhealthy because it's so yummy.

    Rajitha, I initially declared that I would i would share only with little A (since i knew she wouldn't eat more than 1) and would probably give just 1 to my husband.. but i discovered soon that it was pretty filling so I ended up being more generous :)

    Thank you Preety.. it's quite easy to make at home, as i discovered.

    Thank you Cham. it's pretty easy to make at home and since you make parottas so easily, this will be a breeze in comparison.

    Jeyashri, thanks for your comment and for your feedback on the Paneer Jalfrezie... :) Am so happy to know you liked it. It's one of my fave recipes too.

    Varsha, ha ha.. i know we try to take away some of the guilt but if it's once in a while, i guess it's okay :)

    Thank you Sowmya & Vij.

    Deesha, I know but irresistible all the same.

    Thank you Chithra, hope you do.

    Thanks Lakshmi, Happy COok, Priya & Srikar.

    Rachel... no i didn't add any yeast but it still looked a bit 'risen' after the resting period.. probably the yogurt + bakig powder combination.

    Thank you Lavanya.. this was my first attempt and I was happy with the results. Do give it a trysometime.

    Thank you Anu, Veggiebelly, RC, Sukanya & Delhibelle.

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  29. batura looks nice and fluffy...never tried at home.

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  30. Looks good Laavanya,I too love this,but nobody else in my home than me...:( So I can just drool over urs:)

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  31. Hi
    Batura is my sons favourite ..So i used to make this once in a week..Ur batura looks great ..

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  32. Great minds think alike Lavanya! I have also been wanting to make chole-bhature at home for a while now, but haven't mustered up the courage for all the deep-frying. Hopefully soon...yours look good.

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  33. I feel like having that bhatura right now! looks yummy Lavanya!

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  34. Wow! first time here, I'm getting hungry looking at this..!do check out mine:)

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  35. my all time fav specilly with chola.///

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