I am super excited as I write down this post. My parents will be here tomorrow (yayyy). I am so looking forward to their visit and spending some quality time with them. Believe it or not, that is probably one of the best gift a girl can get after her marriage. Super excited 😀 I will also be taking a break from my cooking to enjoy some delicious food by my mom because she is the best cook in the world. No I am serious. I am sure your mom is too. Cause seriously no one cooks as good as our moms 🙂
Today I am sharing the recipe of Bhature, an Indian fried bread, best had with Punjabi Chole. Do check out the recipe, just in case you have missed it earlier.
Chole can also be had with Puri or Naan but my husband is really fond of Chole Bhature so I decided to treat him a few days ago. Chole Bhature is a favorite north indian breakfast but seriously can be enjoyed anytime of the day.
Here is how I made these delicious treat 😛
All purpose flour or Maida – 1 cup
Thick Yogurt – 1/4 cup
Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil – 1 tbsp.
Semolina or sooji – 1 tbsp., optional (use if you like crispy bhatura)
Water – as needed
Oil for frying
- Sieve the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Add in the salt, sugar and semolina to it. Mix well. Drop in the oil and rub it in the flour.
- Make sure you are using thick yogurt and it is at room temperature. Add in the yogurt to the flour and mix well.
- Now slowly add water as needed and make a soft dough. The quantity of water will depend on how thick your yogurt is. Make sure not to add too much water. I ended up using a little less than 1/4 cup of water. Try to use a little warm water to knead the dough to make sure its soft.
- It is very important to knead the dough well for the gluten to activate. I recommend kneading it for at least 10 – 15 minutes.
- Add some oil on the dough so it doesn’t dry up. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and keep it in a warm place. The microwave or oven works best.
- Leave the dough to rest for at least 4 – 5 hours.
- Now, make small round balls with this dough. You should be able to get about 5 medium sized bhature with this quantity.
- Let the balls rest for another 10 minutes, covered. Heat oil in a big wok or Kadai for deep frying the bhature. Make sure the oil is hot to ensure the bhature puff up well.
- Now take a ball and roll out the bhatures, either round or oval, based on your preference. (Please do not judge the shape of my bhatura, not everyone is blessed to make round shaped rotis, like our moms) 😉
- Stretch the bhatura by hand and drop it very carefully in hot oil. Press it firmly from all sides. The bhatura will puff and once it gets a golden color, flip and cook it from the other side.
- Drain the excess oil and take out the bhatura on a paper towel to absorb any oil.
- Serve hot with some delicious Chole.
So that is how I made this delicious treat. It was a pleasure seeing my family enjoying it as much as I enjoyed making them.
I hope you will give this a try and let me know if you liked it.
Thanks so much for reading.