Bhatoora, bhatura or batoora is a fluffy deep-fried leavened bread from North India. It is often eaten with chickpea
curry, chole or channe, making the traditional dish chole bhature.
A typical recipe includes white flour (maida
, and either yeast
or baking powder
. Once kneaded well, the dough is left to rise, and then small balls of it are either hand-rolled or flattened using a rolling pin
. Then the bread pieces are deep fried
until they puff up into a lightly browned, soft, fluffy bread, which is elastic and chewy.
A nonfried variant is the kulcha, which can be baked or cooked on a flat pan and is garnished with coriander leaves
. It is cooked from the same dough.