Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sugarcane Flatbread / Usachi Bhakari

Sugarcane Juice triggers individual memories for every generation. My gran associates the thirst-quencher as a special summertime treat. My mum remembers having it after her tests, when she and her friends would discuss their respective answers and then worry about their scores until the results were declared ! When I was a kid, I was always rewarded for my patience during grocery shopping with a glassfull of deliciousness.
All sugarcane selling stores in Maharashtra have bells attached to their juicing machines.Thus, whenever sugarcane is juiced, the machine makes a periodic ching-ching sound, inviting more customers. So, next time you're wandering the streets of Maharashtra, and you happen to hear bells, be assured that theres a sugarcane kiosk nearby. Here's a flatbread recipe that tastes like sugarcane.

Recipe for Sugarcane Flatbread / Usachi Bhakari:

Makes 3 Flatbreads/Bhakaris


Sugarcane Juice150 ml
Rice Flour80 gms
SaltA pinch
Ghee1.5 tsp

How to make Sugarcane Flatbread / Usachi Bhakari:

1. Pour the fresh sugarcane juice in a pan and bring it to a boil.
2.Next, add 1 tsp ghee and salt to the pan and turn off the heat.
3.Add the rice flour to the juice, a little at a time.You might have to adjust the quantity of the flour.
4.Grease your palms with the remaining bit of ghee to bring the dough together. We're aiming for a soft yet non sticky dough.
5.Let it rest for about 5 minutes.
6.Divide the dough into 3 equal portions. Roll out each one of them onto parchment paper into circles of ~6" diameter.

7.Heat a griddle and place the rolled out bhakri on it. Cook both sides on a low to medium heat.
8.Serve hot with white butter or ghee and a pickle or chutney of your choice. Haldicha Loncha/Fresh Turmeric Pickle tastes great with these.

* Since the recipe has a high sugar content, the surface tends to caramelise and subsequently darken very quickly. Thus , these need to be watchfully made.
This recipe will give you ~ 453 calories

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