BHAAKARI (INDIAN FLATBREAD)

Bhaakari, a flat round unleavened bread is a famous Maharashtrian dish. But it can also be found in the cuisine’s of Gujrati, Goa and also some Western and Central states of India like Rajasthan, Malwa and Karnataka.

Bhaakari is coarser than a chapati can be either soft or hard in texture. Bhaakari is made of either Rice, Jowar Baajra or Naachani (Red finger millet / Ragi). The Jowar bhaakari is the most common type of bhaakari. Baajra bhaakari is generally prepared during the winters. Nachni bhaakari too is widely popular. Rice bhaakari is more common in the Konkan region of the state of Maharashtra in India.

Basically to prepare a bhaakari, the said flour is kneaded into a soft dough using hot water and is then flattened into a round shape using the palms. This requires a lot of practice.

So here I am presenting a comparatively easy method of making a soft bhaakari using rice flour. Same can be applied to make bhaakaris using the other flours or a mixture of various flours.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 3 cups Rice flour
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Homemade ghee for greasing the bhaakaris

P. N.

Cup used – 200 ml

METHOD :

  1. in a thick pan, boil the water.
  2. When it comes to a boil, add to it the rice flour and salt and give it a good stir. This will make the flour lumpy.
  3. Cover as it is and keep aside for about ten to fifteen minutes.
  4. Open the lid and transfer the hot lumpy flour into a wide dish or a flat surface and knead into a soft dough. Roll into four or five balls and again transfer to another vessel to be covered until use.
  5. On a clean flat surface, roll one dough ball into a disc using the rolling pin, as you would a Chapati or Roti.
  6. Heat a thick griddle and spread the rolled bhaakari on it. Increase the flame to high which has to be maintained till the whole bhaakari is done.
  7. When you see small bubbles appear on the bhaakari or, the bhaakari is just lightly done on the bottom side, flip and roast the other side completely.
  8. When done, flip again the half done side in the griddle and roast completely giving pressure on the edges with a spatula. If rolled well, the bhaakari will puff up at this stage just like a Roti.
  9. When done on both sides, remove onto a dish and smear with some homemade ghee to give it a delicious flavour.
  10. Serve these bhaakaris hot, with some Zunka or Pithla or just with some NKGSB Style Lasun Chutney and smashed onions and green chillies.

NOTE :

The rice bhaakari is quite softer as compared to bhaakaris made using other flours. Tastes best with coconut based vegetarian as well as non vegetarian curries. My personal favourite, which tastes best on it’s own too. Combine with some NKGSB style lasun chutney for that added flavor! Recipe of chutney is already up on one of my previous posts.

The aroma of homemade ghee combined with the roasted flavour of the hot bhaakari, is sure to make anyone’s mouth water!

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Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously ....is what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃

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