Phulkas or rotis or Indian puffed bread is a simple, day to day dish in many Indian households. Thought I should have a post of it in my blog for many reasons, one being that, it's a dish that I mention in most of my posts, as it goes with all the curries. I had had a tough time making them in my early days of marriage, but now I can say that, I can make very decent soft phulkas. It's actually pretty simple once you learn the technique, all depends on the texture of the dough, how you roll it out and the rest is easy..
Need To Have
- Whole Wheat Flour - 2 cups
- Salt - 1/4 teaspoon or less
Mix the salt with the flour and then add the water little by little, mix to make a dough that is not too tough or very sticky. If it is very hard then you won't get soft rotis, again if it is very sticky, then you'll need more flour to roll it out and it'll make the rotis harder. Roll it out into thin discs, using as little dry flour as possible. Next is what I call the 1-2-3 steps. Heat a flat pan or skillet, place one disc on it, cook for less than a minute, till one or two light spots appear at the bottom, this is the first step, then flip it over and cook on the other side till nice brown spots appear, this is the second step. Now, for the third step, traditionally they do it directly on the flame, but this works only for people with gas stoves. For the others you can use the same flat pan that you we used in the first steps, or there are these special phulka pans ( you can see that in the picture) which can be used. Whatever we use, we do it the same way, place the less spotted side on the pan or on the flame, it'll fluff up nicely within seconds, if using the flat pan we need to press the rotis gently with a tissue or cloth. Remove and serve it warm as such or smearing some ghee with any side dish of your choice.
Even if you have a gas stove, it'll take some time for you to get used making them directly on the flame, we can still do it with the special phulka pan or the regular skillet for the last step.
You'll get about 10 rotis for the amount of flour given.