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Delicious, South Indian fry bread that puffs up into a wonderful, greasy pillow. Often served with chole.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required for kneading. May need less (or not at all) if yogurt has whey.
  • Oil for frying

Many recipes call for maida, which is similar to cake flour. Some also call for some whole wheat flour. I'm trying with just all-purpose flour. You could also use try 1/2 cup mashed potatoes to replace part of the flour and the leavening / fermenting agents. Some recipes also call for a little bit of semolina or rice flour.


  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Add yogurt. Knead and slowly add warm water (if necessary) to form dough.
  3. Cover the dough and set aside in a warm place for at least three hours and up to overnight.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions, roll them into balls, and cover.
  5. Roll ball into disc about 5-6 inches in diameter.
  6. Heat oil in pan over medium heat, and fry each side until golden brown. It should puff up each time. Press the center lightly with a spoon to help the puffing.

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