Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Phulka !! ( Puffed indian Bread )

Phulkas  or Chapatis is the daily bread for millions of Indians. No meal is complete without them and yet many find them difficult to make.
These are called so because they swell up with steam while being cooked.
They are cooked first on a dry hot tava, then held directly over a flame where they "phulao" ("swell" in Hindi) with steam to the point of bursting.
Serve them hot with a dollop of ghee.

Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : 15 mins.

Makes 6 phulkas.

1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oil
 *Other ingredients :-
  Ghee for serving

1. Combine the flour and salt and knead into a soft and pliable dough.
2.Add the oil and knead again till it is smooth and elastic.
3.Cover and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
4.Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.
5.Roll out each one using a little flour into approx. 150 mm. (6") diameter circles. Dust dry flour as required to facilitate even rolling.

6.Dust off any excess dry flour and place the chapati on a hot tava/griddle.

7.Turn over in a few seconds and cook this side till the edges begin to curl slightly and small blisters appear on the surface.
8.Cook the other side for a few more seconds.


9.Lift the chapati with a pair of flat tongs and roast on both sides over an open flame till it puffs up.
10.Flatten the chapati and apply some ghee on top.
11.Repeat to make 5 more chapatis.

Can be served with pickles, gravies, raitas ..just about anything :)