'Bhatura' or Bathura ( deep-fried bread) is a delicious bread from North India. Its unique flavor is a delight to the taste buds. It leaves you feeling satisfied, and sometimes craving, for more. Although the bread or 'Bhatura' (also goes by batura or bature) is deep-fried, it is one comfort food that you definitely don't mind having occasionally .'Bhatura' is best paired with chole, or chickpeas gravy. I have posted two variations of the chole recipes previously . They are both great combinations and can be used with the 'Bhatura'. The chole is also called by the name chana masala .This dish is served with raw onions, lemon, and green chilies on the side.
'Bhatura' is normally made with all purpose flour ,and semolina .Sometimes wheat flour is used ,for this recipe.The original recipe however calls for all purpose flour.It also uses yogurt, salt ,sugar , and baking powder in the dough making process. I used a stand mixer , for the dough preparation .The resting time for the dough is about an hour .However it is better to rest ,for three hours , if you knead with your hands. Ensure the oil is really hot before frying, so that the 'Bhatura' puffs up well. It is best had ,as soon as it is fried, so that it's crisp, and delicious .
Interesting Trivia about Bhatura
While looking up for some interesting facts on 'Bhatura' , I found that Oct 2 is also called "World Chole Bhature day " .It was first celebrated in 2015 with many folks posting pictures on social media of them making and having it . It goes to shows how popular this dish is .The world's largest Chole bhatura was recorded to be at 4 ft 2 inches tall ,made in Delhi in 2017 . It has even entered the Limca book of records for being the world's largest 'Bhatura'. That was some of the interesting trivia about 'Bhatura' . Hope you enjoy making this delicious bread , and relish it with your friends and family . Happy cooking !
The recipe details are below
A delicious deep fried bread made with all purpose flour and best paired with chick peas gravy .
- 2 cups All purpose flour
- 1 ½ tbsp semolina
- 1 ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt or to taste
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda or about 2 pinches
- 1 ½ tbsp oil for kneading
- ½ cup yogurt plain at room temperature
- 4 tbsp milk or as needed for dough
- 2 cups oil for deep frying
In a bowl whisk All purpose flour , semolina, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt .
Add the oil for kneading and evenly distribute with your fingers into the dough .
Next add yogurt and mix .
Add milk a little at a time.
Using stand mixer , knead for about 6 minutes or about 10 minutes with your hand . The longer you knead will make it soft . You can add extra flour if it gets sticky .Knead until you get a smooth dough.
Add a little oil on the dough , cover with a wet cloth and keep in a warm place.
After about an hour divide the dough into 8 balls and let it rest again.
Heat oil in a frying pan . Roll the dough ball into a circle or oval shape and deep fry till it puffs up .
Delicious bhatura is ready to be served with chole .