Bhatoora (also known as Batoora, Bhatura, Batura, Pathora or puri) (Hindi: भटूरा, Urdu: بھٹورا, Punjabi: ਭਟੂਰਾ) is a fluffy deep-fried leavened bread originating from the Indian subcontinent. Variations include aloo bhatura (bhatura filled with potato) and paneer bhatura (bhatura filled with cottage cheese). It is often eaten with chickpea curry, chole or channe, making the traditional dish chole bhature.

Place of originIndian subcontinent
Region or stateNorthern regions of the Indian subcontinent
Associated national cuisineIndia, Bangladesh, Pakistan
Main ingredientsWhite flour (maida), dahi (yogurt), ghee or oil, yeast

This bread is like the puri bread but is made with leavened dough.[1]


A typical recipe includes white flour (maida), dahi (yogurt), lots of ghee or oil, 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.

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