Bhakri is a staple dish in Maharashtra, Konkan, Karnataka and some parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan too. It is essentially like a roti, but not as soft. It is coarser and harder. Also, it is rolled out with hand mostly, so the use of belan is pretty rare. Bhakri is eaten with almost all dishes, but it is most typically eaten with thecha (a chutney of chillies and peanuts) or curd. It is more nutritious than our usual roti, and is rich in fibre, low on fat.
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So, How It Bhakri Made?
It is essentially just a mixture of flour and hot water. The flour is mixed with some salt and kneaded into a smooth dough, using hot water. Then the little balls of dough \are flattened either on the surface, or just pressed between two palms.
Bhakri is not limited to only a certain flour, its made using many types of flour. Lets look at some types of bhakri and their health benefits:
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This is the most common type of bhakri. It is typically eaten with pitla or besan or baingan ka bharta. Jowar is very healthy as it is gluten free, rich in phosphorus, calcium, protein and fibre too!
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The bajra bhakri is mostly eaten in winters, near the festival of Sankrant. It is eaten usually with white butter or chutney. Bajra stabilizes the level of cholesterol in the body, helps in digestion, and also has cancer protecting properties.
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Nachni or ragi is a highly nutritious grain. This bhakri is commonly eaten with protein rich beans, or even chutney. It helps in controlling weight, battling anemia, and increasing bone strength. It truly provides wholesome nutrition!
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This bhakri is most common in the Konkan region and is eaten with seafood dishes. It is prepared using rice flour. Rice flour is great for our skin health. It is beneficial for oily and dull skin. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and makes the skin smoother.
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This is the new variation in bhakri. The dough is a mixture of wheat, cinnamon powder, butter, grated gud and water. It is also topped with some cocoa powder. Dalchini, or cinnamon, is loaded with anti-oxidants. It also cuts the risk of heart disease and lowers blood sugar levels.
So, are you ready to make your daily meals healthy with these bhakris?