Bhatura recipe with video & step by step photos. Bhatura is an Indian deep fried leavened bread made with all-purpose flour, salt and a leavening agent. Chole bhatura is a popular combo of this puffed fried bread served with a spicy chickpea curry. Most Indians love this from the punjabi dhabas & North Indian restaurants as they make these the best.
This detailed post will help you to make the best soft, chewy & well puffed bhaturas at home. There are 2 ways to make bhatura.
First method is to ferment the dough and the other one is an instant method where the dough is made, rolled and fried immediately.
I have made bhaturas a few times following the fermented method. The bhaturas made with fermented dough have a subtle & unique flavor.
The first method needs prior planning of at least 4 hours. I have followed the second method here which is quick and needs no resting of the dough.
Flour: It is the all-purpose flour or maida which gives bhatura the soft and chewy texture. If you do not eat refined flour then you can also make them with whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour. But the taste and flavor will be different.
On occasions I have made bhatura with whole wheat flour. I have also tried wheat flour and all-purpose flour in equal quantities. With both of these, I have felt the texture and flavor is no where near to the actual bhaturas.
Leavening agent: Baking powder, baking soda and eno are the leavening agents that are most commonly used. I get the best results with eno so I have used the same here. However you can also use baking powder and baking soda to replace eno.
There are no substitutes to semolina and yogurt in the recipe.
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 2 cups all-purpose flour or maida (for wheat flour refer notes)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ to 2 tablespoons semolina or suji
- 1 tablespoon oil or melted ghee
- 4 tablespoons curd or yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Eno (fruit salt) (or ½ tsp baking powder & ⅛ tsp baking soda)
- ½ cup warm water (more will be needed)
- 1½ cups oil (more or less)
How to make the recipe
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, semolina and salt.
- Next add curd and oil.
- Mix all of these until the oil and yogurt incorporates well into the flour.
- Then sprinkle eno (or baking powder & baking soda) and give a good stir again.
- Pour ¼ cup warm water and begin to mix to form a dough.
- Add more warm water as needed and make a soft dough.
- Knead the dough very well until soft. If using a stand mixer, then knead it on a medium speed for 5 minutes.
- When you press down the dough, it should dent meaning it is soft.
- Smear few drops of oil. If you have used eno then do not rest the dough. You have to make the bhaturas immediately. If you have used baking soda and baking powder, you can cover and rest the dough for 2 to 4 hours in a warm place.
How to make bhatura
- Divide the dough to 8 parts to make medium sized or 5 parts to make large bhaturas,
- Smoothen the balls to make them crack free. If you find cracks just join them and smoothen the dough balls.
- Smear oil over the balls and keep them covered.
- Grease your rolling surface well and place a dough ball.
- Pour few drops of oil and flatten it slightly.
- Begin to roll the bhatura to a oval or round shape as you desire.
- Do not remove the bhatura from the rolling surface. Instead turn your rolling board and roll the bhaturas. (check the video)
- You will see the bhatura keeps bouncing back. So you need to keep rolling them slightly bigger.
- Roll them big or small depending on the size of your kadai.
- You can roll about 5 large bhaturas before you proceed to the next step.
How to fry bhatura
- Heat oil in a deep and wide kadai that suits the size of your bhatura.
- When the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of the dough in the oil.
- The dough has to rise well. This is the right temperature for frying.
- Gently slide in the bhatura from the sides of the kadai.
- When it comes half way to the surface, press down gently with a spatula to help it puff up completely.
- Then check if the bottom part is cooked, crisp and golden then flip it.
- Flip it again and fry until crisp and golden.
- Remove the bhatura to a plate and then immediately serve with chole, sliced onions & lemon.
- Continue to fry the rest while you make the rest of the bhaturas.
- Do note that the oil has to be hot enough for the subsequent bhaturas as well.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
- Kneading the dough well is very important for that chewy and puffy texture.
- But do not make the dough sticky. Sticky dough will make the bhaturas very greasy.
- For best results – If using eno, knead the dough then immediately roll the bhaturas and fry them without leaving for too long. If using baking powder & baking soda then you can rest the dough for 2 t0 4 hours in a warm place.
- Resting the rolled bhaturas for long time will make lot of small bubbles over the fried bhaturas. So I keep the oil for heating and then begin to roll the bhaturas.
If you are a beginner or new to Indian cooking, I highly suggest you to check the supporting step by step photos for best results. Step by step photos with description available below after the recipe card.
1.To a large mixing bowl, add all-purpose flour, semolina & salt. Mix all of them well and then add curd and oil or ghee.
2. Use your fingers and mix together all of the ingredients to incorporate the oil and curd well into the flour. Then sprinkle Eno and mix well again.
3. Then pour water little by little and make a dough. Do not add lot of water at one time.
4.The dough should not be dry & not crumbly.
5.Knead the dough very well until it becomes soft and pliable. When you press down with your fingers, it should dent easily. Grease the ball.
How long to knead the bhatura dough depends on your arm work. I go the easy way and knead it in the kitchenaid for about 5 mins on a medium speed. You can also use a food processor. If kneading by hand, it is a bit of arm work.
6. Divide the dough to 5 or 8 portions depending on the size of bhatura you want. Decide on the size of the bhatura depending on the size of kadai you have. I usually make 5 large bhaturas as we are 5 at home. This time I went ahead making 8 as I was running out of oil.
If you plan on making larger bhaturas, you will need a larger kadai and more oil.
7. Roll each portion to smooth balls that are crackfree. If you get cracks over the dough then your bhaturas will have cracks or may even not puff well. Keep them covered until you use up.
How to make bhatura
8.Do not rest the dough. Roll them immediately. Before you begin to roll them, begin to heat oil in a kadai. I used about 1.5 cups oil. You can use more than this but lesser may be too little for the bhaturas to puff up.
9. Grease your rolling board and flatten a dough ball over it. Smear few drops of oil.
10. Begin to roll it evenly to a round or oval shaped bhatura. Do not remove the bhatura from the board, instead move your board around and keep rolling. Refer the video for details.
Since dough made with all-purpose flour is very stretchy, if you lift them after every roll they will go out of shape. So I lift it only after I finish rolling it fully.
If you are making 8 bhaturas, then you can roll each one to 6 to 7 inches. Note that they will shrink back a bit. So roll them slightly bigger. If you are making 5 then roll each one to 8 to 9 inches.
11. This is a oval shaped bhatura. You can roll about 5 bhaturas by the time the oil becomes hot.
12. Check if the oil is hot by dropping a small portion of the dough. The dough has to rise without browning. But ensure the oil is hot enough otherwise bhaturas will turn very oily, may not puff well and may collapse after frying.
13.Gently remove the bhatura and slide it to the hot oil from the sides and not in the center.When the bhatura comes half way to the surface, gently press down with the spatula. This will puff the bhatura well.
13. When the bottom is lightly golden and crisp, then flip it and fry until golden & crisp on the other side as well. If your bhatura doesn’t turn crisp or collapses after a while then it means the flame is not high enough. So adjust the flame.
14.Bhaturas made following these steps as is will not turn greasy as you can see in the pictures. Remove to a plate.
Serve bhatura immediately with chole, lemon wedges and sliced onions.