Bhakri (Indian Unleavened Rice Bread)

[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.

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Bhakri (Indian Unleavened Rice Bread)

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Special equipment:Mixing bowl, Cast iron skillet
This recipe appears in: Beyond Curry: Bhakri (Indian Unleavened Rice Bread)


  • 21/4 cups rice flour (divided)
  • 1 cup water
  • Kosher salt


  1. 1

    Combine 2 cups rice flour, water, and salt, and knead, adding more water or flour as necessary to create a dough that is pliable but not sticky. Continue kneading for 5 minutes. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let rest 5 minutes. Divide dough into 4 balls. Dust a rolling board and pin with remaining flour. Roll each ball into a round about 1/8-inch thick.

  2. 2

    Heat a bare cast iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Place one rolled out bhakri on the hot skillet and press down lightly with spatula. Cook for 1 minute, then use a thin metal spatula to carefully flip. Use a clean kitchen cloth to firmly dab the bhakri on the skillet around its edges and center. Flip again and repeat dabbing with the cloth. Remove when small brown spots appear on both sides and the bhakri has puffed slightly. Serve immediately with any curry/lentil soup of your choice or fried/scrambled egg.


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