Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bhatura from frozen dinner rolls

I have been debating about posting this on my blog.  I won't call it a recipe, but it is a brilliant short cut I learned from a friend.  My kids love it!  There are a few people (and I mean one or two) who think this is not good enough to be called bhatura, but most folks who have tasted it, not only have loved it, but have also tried it at their homes!

It is great for small parties and though they may not be authentic, come pretty close.

I would not recommend this if you don’t have a tortilla / poori press.  Rolling them out with a belan/rolling pin defeats the purpose of a quick and easy short cut.

I use Rhodes dinner rolls.  If this brand is not available in your area, you should be able find an alternative in your grocer’s freezer section

Here is what you need:

  • Rhodes dinner rolls (in the frozen section)
  • Non-stick spray
  • Oil for deep-frying

Here is how I made it:

Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.

Set out the dinner rolls (as many as you need) about 2 - 3 inches apart.

Spray the rolls with non-stick spray, cover with saran wrap, and let it thaw at room temperature for about 1 ½  - 2 hours.  Please don’t let it haw for more time because then the rolls rise too much and you may not be able to get good bhatura

Heat oil for deep frying

Using a tortilla press (mine is electric), press out each dinner roll, taking care not to press too hard.

Deep fry in hot oil until it turns golden brown on both sides and is puffed up.

Serve with chole.

Note:  If you don’t have 2 hours to thaw the rolls, heat up your oven/toaster oven.  Turn the oven off. Put the rolls (without the plastic wrap) into the warm oven.  The rolls should thaw in about 20 mintutes.

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