Monday, April 22, 2013

Popular indian breads

There's a huge variety of different kinds of bread that is served with Indian food. Here are some of the most popular ones...

1.Kulcha (ghee bread)
Type of leavened flatbread eaten in South Asia, made from maida (wheat flour). 
 It is particularly popular in India and Pakistan, and is usually eaten with chole.
Kulcha is a typical Punjabi and Kashmiri recipe. Amritsar, a city in Punjab is famous for its Amritsari kulchas or Amritsari naan. Flour dough is rolled into a flat, round shape and baked in an earthen clay oven until golden brown. When baked, it is usually rubbed with butter, and then eaten with spicy chole .
They are however, like any other bread and can be eaten with pretty much anything you like

2. Chapatti /Roti(a common dry roasted atta bread)
The beauty of Chapatis is that they can be eaten with anything!
The chapati is the staple flat bread of Northern India and Pakistan, also known as a roti. It can be made from many types of grain, but is most commonly made with finely ground whole wheat flour. Sometimes it is cooked in a little oil.

3. Parathas (unleavened pan-fried Indian flatbread)
Parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread) are for when you want to spoil yourself! Crispy and flaky, they go well with most Indian dishes be it a gravied curry or a dry stir-fry.
The paratha can be round, heptagonal, square or triangular. In the former, the stuffing is mixed with the kneaded flour and the paratha is prepared as roti is, but in the latter two, the peda (ball of kneaded flour) is flattened into a circle, the stuffing is kept in the middle, and the flatbread is closed around the stuffing like an envelope.
It is one of the most popular unleavened flat breads in Punjabi North Indian cuisine and Pakistani cuisine and is made by pan frying whole wheat dough on a tava. The paratha dough usually contains ghee or cooking oil which is also layered on the freshly prepared paratha. Parathas are usually stuffed with vegetable such as boiled potatoes (as in aloo ka paratha), leaf vegetables, radishes or cauliflower and/or paneer (South Asian cheese). A paratha (especially a stuffed one) can be eaten simply with a knob of butter spread on top, with chutney, pickles, and yogurt, or with meat or vegetable curries. Some roll the paratha into a tube and eat it with tea, often dipping the paratha.

4. Aaloo Paratha (potato paratha)
Aaloo parathas taste delicious with fresh, thick cream or a knob of unsalted, home-made butter!
Parathas are whole-wheat Indian flatbread. Parathas can be made plain or stuffed with many different fillings. Aloo Parathas are perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch.

5. Poori (unleavened fried Indian flatbread)
Puri is a kind of Indian bread made with wheat flour and then deep fried. The size of these beautiful and tasty treats vary from place to place.
Serve this crispy, golden bread with any dish - vegetarian or otherwise - and your favorite pickle.

6. Naan (leavened Indian flatbread -atta bread baked )
Naan or Nan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread. It is typical of and popular in West, Central and South Asia.The bread is usually served with curry dishes.
Serve this delicious bread hot, with popular dishes like Tandoori Chicken or kebabs of different kinds.

7. Bhatura
The perfect companion for Chole (chickpeas curry), a popular North Indian dish, Bhaturas are best eaten as they are made and piping hot.
A typical recipe includes white flour (maida), yogurt, ghee or oil, and yeast. 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.

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