Indian Bread Recipes
Bhatura is a fluffy, fried Indian bread made with flour and semolina. This delicacy is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of spicy chana masala.
- Plain or strong bread flour – 2 cups
- Semolina – 2 tbsp
- Bicarbonate of soda – 1/2tsp
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Salt – 1tsp
- Sugar – 1tsp
- Plain yoghurt – 2tbsp
- Water to knead the dough
- Sunflower oil for frying
- Mix all the dry ingredients and yoghurt together in a large bowl.
- Now taking a little water at a time, bring the flour together into a dough. It shouldn’t be too sticky.
- Line a clean bowl with some oil and knead the dough again for about 3 minutes.
- Cover the dough with some cling film and leave to ferment for 4 hours in a warm place. I sometimes leave it inside the oven.
- Once the dough has rested for 4 hours (note it won’t bubble like a usual bread dough), take small balls from the dough (about 8-10). Rub a little bit of oil in the palm of your hands and round up the dough into smooth balls.
- Put a little drop of oil on your rolling pin and rolling surface and roll out the dough into a round-ish flat bread, about 5-6 inches in diameter. Don’t dust the dough with any more dry flour, if it sticks to your rolling pin use a bit more oil to it and the rolling surface.
- Bring the frying oil to a really hot temperature.
- Now fry each of the flatbreads in the oil, turning once to cook both sides. The baturas should have a slight brown/red colour to them.
- Repeat for all the other dough balls.
Enjoy your tasty batura with a heart bowl of punjabi chhole or chana masala.