Madhya Pradesh | Bafla

Madhya Pradesh | Bafla

BAFLA

SERVES 4

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Ingredients

2 cups whole-grain wheat flour

1 cup melted ghee

1/2 cup warm water

A pinch of salt

Melted ghee for rolling

Method

For the dough: Mix salt and flour. Put in ghee and rub it in well so that the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Gather flour to make a mound with a well in it. Add warm water and start mixing the dough and knead well. Divide the dough into balls of 11/2-inch diameter and cover them with a damp cloth or plastic film. Rest it for an hour at room temperature.

Next, slightly flatten the balls with your hands. Do not use a rolling pin. Brush the exterior with melted ghee.

Boil water and add salt to it (1/2 tsp of salt to 1/2 cup water). Put in the dough balls and bring to boil. Turn down the heat to simmer. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Drain the bread in a colander. Heat the oil in a kadhai (wok) till light smoke starts to rise. Fry the dough balls till the exterior is a hard crusty brown (it should take 7-8 minutes, sometimes more).

Recipe courtesy chef Sahdev Mehta, executive chef, Courtyard By Marriott Pune Hinjewadi, Hinjewadi, Pune.

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