Bhatura is a deep fried Indian bread that is most commonly served with the North Indian curry 'Chole' or 'Chana masala'. And the dish is popularly called 'Chole-Bhature'. It is a very delicious and filling recipe and is especially loved by kids.
- All purpose flour (Maida) - 3 cups
- Salt - 3/4 tsp
- Sugar - 1 tsp
- Plain yogurt (dahi) - 3 tbsp
- Dry active yeast - 1 & 1/2 tsp
- Oil - 1 tbsp + more for deep frying the bhatura
- Proofing the yeast - (This step is optional. If the dry yeast packet that you use says that it can be added directly to the dough, you don't have to proof the yeast and you can omit this step.) Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1 tbsp warm water, and keep aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the yeast will become bubbly and frothy.
- Mix all purpose flour, salt, sugar, yeast (with or without proofing), oil and yogurt in a kneading bowl. Use warm water (about 3/4th of a cup) to knead into a medium hard dough.
- Cover and keep it in a warm place for 1-2 hours.
- After 1-2 hours, the dough will become very soft and will double in volume.
- Knead again lightly by applying little oil to your palm.
- Divide the dough into 1-1 & 1/2" big parts. Roll each part between your palms, press to flatten and keep aside.
- Roll each part into a circle or an oval about 2 mm thick. Roll such that the edge is thinner than the center.
- Deep fry till a slight golden color is reached.
- Remove on a paper towel.
- Serve soft, delicious, hot bhatura with chole or chana masala.