Bhaturu is a treat in itself. The essence of Himachal Pradesh can be devoured in this traditional Indian fermented bread. It can be baked or deep-fried. Any Himachali major festivals or grand social celebrations, such as weddings, can't be imagined with Bhaturu
The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh never fails to impress visitors, tourists, explorers and seekers. Akin to its natural beauty, it mesmerises anyone with some of its exotic dishes. One among them is Bhaturu or Bhatooru. Before you assume it is similar to bhatura, hold on. This Himachali Bhaturu is a culinary heritage. It is a type of bread or roti made with fermented wheat flour. One can relish bhaturu both as baked and fried versions. A staple food in most parts of Himachal, it is usually cooked on a tawa or flat pan. Bhaturu's are deep fried in oil for special celebrations such as cultural festivals or social soirees like weddings.
The traditional art of bhaturus
For ages, the locals have been using their hands to shape little dough balls into bhaturus. But these aren't as thin or big as chapati or phulka. The Himachalis are pretty specific about its size, shape and texture. Ideally, bhaturu should be between 0.5 and 1 centimetre thick. Post hand-rolling the rotis, they are wrapped in a cloth for 10-15 minutes. After 15-20 minutes, one may either bake or deep fry them. For the baked or roasted version, one needs to place the raw bhaturu on a heated tawa. Once cooked on both sides, place it immediately over a gas burner or fire. This step makes it puffy and supple. They taste the best when cooked in a traditional chulha or earthen oven. Bhaturu is relished with fresh seasonal vegetable curries, bhaaji, stir-fried veggies, and daal.
Deep-fried and baked version, Image Source: mykitchens_aroma@Instagram
Bhaturu also has a variant called bharwan (stuffed) bhaturu. Before roasting, the dough balls are filled with a pulverised mix of soaked daal, rice, and other ingredients. One may even stuff them with boiled potatoes. Other regions of Himachal Pradesh call bhaturu as Suhaalu or Sumkeshi roti.
Stuffed Baked Bhaturu
Baked bhaturu, Image Source: Facebook
For the dough
For the stuffing
Serve immediately with yoghurt or chutney.