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What is Khakhara Bread?

Khakhara bread is on the menu at most Indian restaurants.
Many Indian curries are served with khakhara bread in order to soak up the spicy sauce.
Khakhara bread and raita made with creamy yogurt and fresh herbs are often served with Indian curries.
Ghee, which is used to season khakhara bread.
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Khakhara or khakra bread is a traditional Indian bread made in Gujarat. It may also be called rotli, and it is very similar to chapati, another common Indian flatbread. This simple flatbread is quite easy to make, and it is a popular accompaniment for curry. Many Indian restaurants offer khakhara bread on their menus, and packaged khakhara bread can also be found in some Indian markets and specialty stores. It is also possible to make at home, with relatively simple ingredients and a quick cooking process.

Flatbreads have been made in India for thousands of years. Since they have no yeast, they do not require rising to be ready, making them very easy to prepare. Dough can also be made in huge batches, allowing cooks to make enough khakhara bread to last several days. To make the bread, cooks put the dough together, flavoring it with herbs and spices if desired, and then roll it out into small discs, which are cooked in heavy cast iron pans or on the griddle. The finished khakhara bread can also be seasoned with ghee, also called clarified butter, for extra flavor.

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Pieces of khakhara bread can be used like utensils to scoop and blend ingredients on the plate, and the light, absorbent bread is also an excellent tool for soaking up the remainders of sauces. When Indian food is eaten with the hands, a tray of flatbread like khakhara is always present at the table so that diners do not have to handle their food directly. The hot flavors of Indian cuisine also pair very well with starchy breads, as the bread can help to cut the intensity of the heat for people who are not accustomed to it.

To make khakhara, mix three cups of a flour of choice or a blend of flours with one cup lukewarm water, two teaspoons of salt, and a tablespoon of ghee or oil for a more rich flavor. Knead the dough briefly, until it rolls up into a smooth ball, and then break small portions off to roll out into individual breads. If you can find a chapati rolling pin, use it, as these unique rolling pins are specifically designed to produce these breads. Otherwise, roll the dough out until it is thin, with slightly thicker edges.

Heat a heavy pan or griddle on medium, and slide the khakhara breads onto it, cooking until one side is browned and then flipping it to cook the other side. Sometimes the breads will puff up; puffy breads also have a place at the Indian table, and if you want to deliberately achieve this, try toasting the khakhara over an open flame. Stack the khakhara on a cloth-lined plate, and cover them in cloth to keep them warm until you are ready to serve them. They should come out slightly chewy with a crispy crust. For variations, try adding whole seeds or ground spices to your khakhara bread.

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donasmrs
Post 3

Khakra and dhokla must be two of the most popular Gujarati foods. They are unique to Gujarat, I don't think they are eaten in other parts of India.

I like khakra but it's difficult for me to make it at home. So I buy it frozen and heat it up at home. I like having mine plain, which may seem strange to some. I usually have it with chai. Hot chai and crispy khakra go great together.

bear78
Post 2

@SteamLouis-- No. Khakra and roti are not the same. Sometimes Khakra is referred to as khakra roti, but that's because roti means "bread." So khakra roti is just khakra bread.

Khakra is a very thin and crispy bread. Roti is thicker and it's not crispy. The dough for roti and khakra are similar but khakra is rolled out very thin. So when it is cooked on a pan, it becomes very crispy.

I think many people have this bread as a snack food, with chutney and other relishes.

SteamLouis
Post 1

I'm familiar with roti. I have it at Indian restaurants and also make it at home. So is khakra simply the Gujrati word for roti, or is it a variation of roti?

I've heard of khakra before as well but never had the opportunity to see it or taste it.

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