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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Phulka | Chapati | Wheat Tortilla (Puffed Indian Bread)

This idea isn't mine. I had seen a similar presentation somewhere & decided to go for it.
Phulka (Full-Kaa) or a Chapati is the basic Indian tortilla made with wheat flour. Its the staple food in almost all North Indian homes. Its typically a disk shaped tortilla that puffs due to the steam while cooking on the stove. You can make a zillion healthy snack rolls with this. Just make a healthy stuffing, roll it up with the Phulka & munch! Pretty Cool huh?! ;)

For me, the greatest challenge is to get the perfect round shape. When I was in school, I used to roll out the dough & using a round vessel, I used to cut out the perfect shape! :) I still don't get the perfect round shape like my Maa. But I think its a lot better now! I've got to learn the secret of it. If you guys know, do tell me! :-D

Source: Mom's Corner

Ingredients (to make 4 Phulkas)
Wheat Flour - 2 cups
Cooking Oil - 1 teaspoon
Salt - to taste - 1 teaspoon - optional
Water - to knead the dough- 1 cup

STEP 1: In a mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients
STEP 2: Slowly add water & use your hands to knead a soft dough. The water shouldn't be too less or more. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
STEP 3: Let it rest for about an hour or more. Keep it covered with a damp cloth.
STEP 4: Make medium sized balls out of the dough.
STEP 5: Take a ball of dough on a falt surface. Dust some some wheat flour on it.
STEP 6: Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough evenly into a thin, round shape.
* After every 2 or 3 rolls, turn the Chapati by a 45 degree angle. It helps to get a decent shape! :-D
STEP 7: Heat a Tawa / flat pan.
STEP 8: Place the Phulka / Tortilla on the pan.
STEP 9: Let it cook on one side for about 20 seconds. (Until the dough is no longer sticky and you can actually move the phulka freely on the pan) Flip over & do the same for the next 20-30 seconds.
STEP 10: Take the phulka & place it directly on the flame. It will puff up beautifully! don't place it on the flame for more than 5 seconds on each side or it'll burn.
There you go- Enjoy with pickles, jam, side dish like Kadai Paneer, Sprouts Sabzi, Potato Curry etc! :-)


  1. Nice kavi. I enjoy your writeups. it is full fun.. :-p

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  2. good post phulka are best with any dish

  3. Super soft phulkas looks fabulous and healthy..

  4. phulka roti looks so soft and fluffy...kavi enjoyed reading your first few lines n LOL...sometimes it happens...and @ round shaped rotis...almost daily for dinner i make chapathi but i too won't get perfect round ..dunno y :) yours were round only don't worry about the shape but its super soft !!!

  5. beautiful presn! looking fwd 2 more posts!

  6. Chaptathi looks so soft n fluffy kavi.Lov to see that in black.

  7. Chaptathi looks so soft n fluffy kavi.Lov to see that in black.

  8. Guess what we just had for dinner .. pulkas :). They have turned out soft and fluffy.

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  9. We have it almost all times.. my mom says that if you use rice flour when you roll them, they are easy to handle and you can get the round shape, but my experience is that you can almost never cook better than your mom, so just let her cook and you enjoy the food...
    Love Ash.

  10. wow!!Phulka's look so fluffy and tasty.

  11. Hi Kavi,Nice Blog U have.Luv ur recipes here.Esp luv this puffy Phulka.Luv ur recipes Dear.Following U.

  12. Those folded stacks with just a touch of sepia are very appetizing. I love how the curves repeat on top of each other.

    Thank you, Kavi, for your BWW photo.


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