Bhakri

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Bhakri
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Bhakri
TypeBread
Place of originIndia
Region or stateMaharashtra, Gujarat, Malwa, Central India, Rajasthan and Goa
Main ingredientsFlour

Bhakri (bhākri, bhakkari) is a round flat unleavened bread often used in the cuisine of the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa in India, along with several regions of western and central India, including areas of Rajasthan, Malwa, and Karnataka. The bhakri prepared using wheat is coarser than a regular wheat chapati. Bhakri can be either soft or hard in texture, similar to khakhra in respect to hardness.[1]

Grains and Variants[edit]

Different types of millets (jowar, bajra, nachni are the more common grains used for making bhakris. These millet bhakris are popular in the Deccan plateau regions of India (Maharashtra and Northern Karnataka) as well as the semi-arid regions of Rajasthan.[2] [3] In the coastal Konkan and Goa regions of western India rice floor is used for making bhakri.

  1. Jowar bhakri - Jowar bhakris are the most common type of bhakri. The dough is prepared by mixing jowar flour with hot water and then flattened by hand. [4]
  2. Bajra bhakri - Bajra bhakris are mainly prepared in winter, especially near the festival of Sankrant. The preparation is similar to jowar bhakris. This is normally consumed with chutney and butter.
  3. Nachni bhakri - Nachni bhakhris, or ragi rottis, are made of red finger millets. They are prepared similar to other bhakris.
  4. Rice bhakri - Rice bhakhris are made of rice flour, prepared similarly to other bhakris. They are common in the Konkan region.
  5. Wheat Bhakri - Wheat bhakris are like wheat rotis, but bigger in size and depth with proportionally more oil.

Preparations[edit]

Cooking bhakri over a fire.

The dough for bhakri prepared by mixing the flour with small amount of salt in a bowl and knead into a smooth stiff dough, using enough hot water.[1] The dough is split into little balls. The ball is then flattened using one's palms. There are 2 types by which is made. It is either flattened in the plate by palm by pressing or it is made thin by holding the ball in both palms which requires a lot of skill. The tava (pan) is heated and the bhakri is cooked applying little water to the upper surface and spread it all over with the help of your fingers. The other side also cooked on the tava. Once it is prepared, it is roasted in the direct flame on both the sides.[5]

Serving[edit]

Bhakri is typically served with yogurt, garlic chutney, Pithla, baingan bharta, thecha(chutney made of green chillies and peanuts), preparations of green leafy vegetables and raw onion.[3] In some parts of north Karnataka it is served with stuffed brinjal curry. In Vidarbha, it is eaten with "Zunka"- A coarse and thick variant of "Pithla."It has traditionally been the rural staple [3] which would be carried to the farm at the crack of dawn and make up for both breakfast and lunch.In the fields, bhakri even used to serve as a plate, on which chutney or thecha was served and eaten together.In the coastal regions, the rice floor bhakris are mainly served with fish currry.

In modern days, bhakhris have increasingly been replaced by wheat rotis and phulkas but they still retain popularity in many regions and as specialty dishes.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taylor Sen, Colleen (2004). Food Culture in India. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 41. ISBN 0-313-32487-5. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  2. ^ Rais Akhtar; Andrew Thomas Amos Learmonth (1985). Geographical Aspects of Health and Disease in India. Concept Publishing Company. p. 251. GGKEY:HH184Y8TYNS.
  3. ^ a b c Khatan, Asha. Epicure's Vegetarian Cuisines of India. Popular Prakashan. p. 57. ISBN 81-7991-119-5. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  4. ^ Jowar roti(Jolad rotti) – An easy way
  5. ^ Bhakri preparation

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