Recipe for Phulka 

What is unique about Phulka?


Phulka typically refers to Indian flatbread, quite popularly eaten for dinners especially amongst those who prefer light dinners! Phulka is similar to Indian roti, except that it is a healthier option compared to roti as it is devoid of any oil. Layered and soft, it can be readily served with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries. The name Phulka is derived from the Indian word meaning to rise or fluff up, as this Roti fluffs up hence ids rightly called Phulka !!

Phulka is also an excellent alternative for people trying to avoid RiceRotis or Pooris in their daily diet.

Ingredients for Phulka

Wheat Flour – 2 cups
Salt to taste
Oil- 1 teaspoon (optional) 
Water – 1 /2 a cup

Method to make Phulka

In a large mixing bowl mix together the flour, salt, and oil

Mix the ingredients well by sifting your fingers through them

Now add a little water at a time, and start to knead the flour to attain a soft consistency

Keep adding the water in small proportions and using your fingers knead the dough until it converts to  a soft pliable dough

After the dough is ready, as a final step drizzle a few drops of oil and give the dough a last knead

Set the dough aside and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Now pinch out small portions of the dough and smoothen them out between your palms

Roll out each dough ball into flat circles of about 7 inches in diameter

Next, dust some dough onto the rolling surface and roll the dough balls using a rolling pin

Keep working on the edges until the roti attains a thin consistency

In cases where the dough tends to get sticky, dust the dough with some flour and proceed with rolling them out as you normally would

After rolling out the roti, heat a Tawa or flat pan and place the flattened roti on the Tawa to cook

You would notice small air pockets starting to form as the roti begins to cook

This is an indication of the roti getting cooked on one side

Flip the roti and leave it to cool for 5-10 seconds on the other side

Now, with the help of a pair of tongs remove the roti from the pan or skillet and cook it directly on a naked flame

The roti should start to puff up once cooked directly on the flame

Continue to cook the remaining rolled out dough in the same way

The Phulkas are best served hot or stored in a casserole if they are to be consumed later

Enjoy these Phulkas with a variety of Indian curries !!

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