Bhakri – Thick Indian Bread

This thick bread is a very popular item in Gujarat at supper time. It is eaten with different types of subji and various dals. It is also eaten with Aachar (Indian pickles) and a glass of warm milk.  A farmer’s ideal food  is bhakri and milk. I would like to share this  recipe of thick bread with you. You’ll need a flat surface, maybe a new cutting board without the cuts or scrapes, a rolling pin, a heavy skillet or frying pan and a grill to place on an open flame.

Cooking Difficulty Level: Medium
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Recipe Type: Jain, vegan use oil for butter
2    Cups Whole Wheat Flour 
2    TBsp Oil
1/4 Tsp Salt
<1 Cup Water
Butter or Clear Butter to Garnish
2    TBsp Ground Flax Seeds
How to Prepare:
  1. Combine flour, salt, oil and ground flax seeds. Add just enough water to make a tight dough which will take some effort. Knead it very well.
  2. Divide the dough into equally portioned round balls, about 5 or 6. Roll each out until it is  3-4 inches in diameter. Pinch the edges.
  3. Heat a skillet or flat frying pan and place bhakri on it. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes on both sides.  The bread should change color.
  4. Place a grill on an open flame of a gas stove or an electric stove on a medium to low heat.  Place bhakri on the grill for about 1-2 minutes on both sides. It will puff up and a few brown spots may appear. Take care not to burn it. Spread butter on top.

Tips: 1/4 tsp of Ajwain seeds or cumin seeds will enhance the flavor.