Pulkas are nothing but Indian flat bread, which is normally dry and prepared without adding any fat. Preparing soft pulkas at home is very easy if you practice. The ready made ones are loaded with preservatives and soda to make it softer.

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Pulkas


Recipe: Pulkas (Indian flat bread made using wheat flour)
Prep & Cooking Time: 1 hour (including resting time)
Makes: 4
Cooking Level: Beginner/Easy to Intermediary
Recipe/Post by: Viji
Ingredients:
1 cup/200 gms Wheat Flour (Preferably Pillsbury/Chakki atta/home made atta, a fine variety of wheat flour prepared from samba wheat and ground in flour mill)
½ tsp each Salt and Sugar
50 ml Water (Approx)
2 tbsp All Purpose Flour/Maida for dusting

Special utensils:
Rolling Pin
Tawa/Griddle

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Step by step instructions for making Pulkas

Preparation:
Preparing the Dough:
  1. Mix well the flour, sugar and salt.
  2. Start adding water till you get soft pliable dough. It should be neither loose nor stiff dough.
  3. Knead well for 5 minutes. It will become smooth without wrinkles on the surface.
  4. Rest the dough for 30 minutes. Again knead well and divide this into 4 equal sized balls.

Rolling the Rotis:
  1. Use all purpose flour/maida for dusting. Roll it into medium sized rotis. It should be neither thin nor thick and must be even from the center to the edge. No folding or hole inside. It will not rise then.

Cooking the Rotis:
  1. Keep the skillet on the stove on medium heat.
  2. Put the roti in the center. Let it cook for few seconds. Small bubbles will appear on top.
  3. Once it is half done, turn it to other side. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Then remove the skillet and show the ½ cooked portion directly on the flame. It will rise like Poori. The heat must be even and medium through out the process. Remove it from the fire.

Serving Suggestions:
  1. Till you serve, keep it in the aluminum foil and close it. Or else use kitchen towel. It is so soft till the next day. These soft Pulkas are ideal for travels.
  2. Serve with any side dish of your choice or else role it with fresh lettuce and dry curries.


Special Notes/Tips:
  • Too get round shape, when you shape the dough into balls, make sure they don’t have any cracks. Start rolling evenly without giving much pressure. Turn it often. Feel the surface with your palm to make sure they are even. While rolling, enlarge it gently and evenly on all sides.
  • If you prepare in bulk, it is always advisable, to do the rolling and cooking side by side or else don't allow it to dry.
  • No need to add oil at all. You will get soft and spongy pulkas by this method. If you still prefer drizzle ghee or butter on top of it after cooking.
  • Adding sugar will give soft pulkas.

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Pulkas made using Toaster

  • For those who don’t have gas stoves, this can be done with bread toaster. Make small rounds and cook till 50% on skillet. Then slide them in the bread toaster at medium heat. They will puff and remove them. But you can’t make big sized pulkas by this method.


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25 comments

  1. Parita // 5 May 2009 at 13:32  

    Pulkas look so good...lovely pictures..great tip for making them using toasters :)

  2. Sonu // 5 May 2009 at 14:28  

    Nice presentation Viji Di.

  3. Nags // 5 May 2009 at 15:27  

    Awesome idea to use the toaster! I get nicely puffed pulkas each time but never soft enough..

  4. Ramya Vijaykumar // 5 May 2009 at 18:12  

    Pulkas are looking soft and puffed up... I usually cook them and when cool roll with aluminum foil.. Easy to carry it for work..

  5. Kitchen Flavours // 5 May 2009 at 18:33  

    What an idea to use toaster...looks soft and yum....

  6. Kalyani // 5 May 2009 at 19:20  

    Very nice presentation viji .... pulkas r very softer

  7. Bharati // 5 May 2009 at 23:15  

    Excellent explanation with great pictures.Viji has taken sincere efforts and it sure takes away phobia of making phulka.

  8. Poornima Nair // 6 May 2009 at 00:20  

    We always made this at home, but here its the coil and we only end up burning it. Great idea to use the toaster. The pulkas looks perfect.

  9. meeso // 6 May 2009 at 02:17  

    Looks SO good! Flat breads will make me hungry every time! I wish I could find this flour I keep reading about... I have a flour I really like, but I really want to try this flour I have heard rave reviews about.

  10. Vaishali // 6 May 2009 at 03:41  

    What a delicious-looking pile of phulkas. One of the reasons I was so thrilled when I went from an electric to a gas stove recently was because I could finally make phulkas again.

  11. indhu // 6 May 2009 at 07:24  

    excellent idea to use the toaster :)
    love the puffed up phulkas!

    - Indhu (www.thayirsaadham.com)

  12. Purnima // 6 May 2009 at 10:15  

    Viji,
    First time here! Wow loved the directions, pictorial, n yes am truly bowled over by the use of a toaster! Can u kindly add in, how have u managed to keep erect the partly done rotis in it? Wont they just sink inside? Tks again for such a lovely tutorial!

  13. rekhas kitchen // 6 May 2009 at 10:40  

    soft soft pulkas looks so yum nice idea of useing toaster

  14. Vcuisine // 6 May 2009 at 12:35  

    Thank you all. Happy to read your comments.

    Purnima, with the space available it can't sink I feel. Once it puffs, it retain the puffness as the heat is still on. So it never goes sink. This one I made it smaller and little thicker also. Try and update me. Tks. Viji

  15. Vani // 6 May 2009 at 19:10  

    Nice and detailed, Viji. Love the toaster idea and the sugar tip.

  16. kittymatti // 6 May 2009 at 19:13  

    Amazing! my first time here...yr blog is fantastic:) will try the toaster method n let u know!

  17. gregarious_soul // 6 May 2009 at 22:08  

    This very simple article on how to make phulkas is so detailed ad has such nice tipe which makes it easy for the home cook.. Keep the good work going Beyond curries Team!!!

  18. Suparna // 7 May 2009 at 21:37  

    Love the pictorial presentation.
    Using a toaster is a brilliant thought! :)
    TC

  19. Pooja // 8 May 2009 at 19:55  

    Beautifully done!

  20. nanamma97 // 15 May 2009 at 19:27  

    beyond curries is a very nice attempt. i congratulate all the team members for their honest efforts.. viji. after a very long gap when i started my cookery sites browsing i was surprised to see your blog vcuisine became a private blog. i dont know what it means but was so disappointed as i am unable to see one of my favourite blogs.viji, i like your dishes i admire your writings so iam taking this oppartunity to ask you what to do to visit your blog?can you give me permission ?

  21. Vcuisine // 19 May 2009 at 13:49  

    Hi, Nice to know you again through BC. Can you send me an email? viji.jeyakumar@gmail.com - will send you the invite. Take care. Viji

  22. Kshama // 11 June 2009 at 18:25  

    Thanks for suggesting the use of Toaster to puff up the phulkas for people who do not have gas burners. I love Phulkas but dreaded making them since we shifted into a house with electric burners. Everytime i made them i felt so bad because whatever effort i made they never puffed up like they do when put directly on the stove. Will try this method of toaster. Thanks so much

  23. Aps // 16 December 2009 at 19:57  

    Hey viji I tried pulkas only once nd i tried them on flame but it was a utter flop...but ur idea wast super duper hit.... now onwards i m going to make it this way........... I was to do dosa yesterday but when i saw tis i completely changed my idea..... thank U for the Idea..... :)

  24. Ashalatha // 25 March 2010 at 07:25  

    Hi Viji,
    I was browsing for receipes on broken wheat and I ended up in Beyond Curries. It is an excellent place for various lip smacking receipes. Everyday I make sure to visit your site once and try something new. The Pulkas look great ! The toaster idea and the sugar tip is excellent and I shall try tonight. Thank you :)

    Regards
    Asha

  25. mandadi // 12 January 2011 at 15:05  

    it's very nice. I did it.