Luchi (Bengali Fried Puffed Bread)

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Luchi is a traditional Bengali-style deep-fried puffed bread made using all-purpose flour. Here is how to make it.

Here are some more Bengali recipes that you may like: Aloo Posto, Chicken Rezala, Cholar Dal, Begun Bhaja, Jhal Muri, and Mishti Pulao.

Bengali luchi served on a plate.
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If you have read my Cholar Dal post, you would know about my first encounter with Bengali food. For those who have not, I was invited by a Bengali friend to their family lunch event and had my share of luchi, dal, and aloor dum.

It’s hilarious, but at first sight of Luchi, I thought they had not fried the poori well. Honestly, I was a little skeptical about eating them when someone guessed my confusion from my facial expressions and told me about the differences between loochi and a poori.

There was no looking back then! All I remember is overindulging and coming back home into a food coma.

About Luchi

Luchi is a deep-fried puffed white bread made of all-purpose flour popular in Bengali, Assamese, Maithili, and Oriya cuisine. It has a flaky interior and crunchy exterior.

Luchi Bengali Aloo Dum or Luchi Kosha Mangsho are some of the classic combinations. They are made for festivals like Durga Puja and special occasions like Bengali weddings, birthdays, etc., in every Bengali household.

Traditionally, the luchis were fried in ghee, giving them a peculiar taste. I sometimes fry them in ghee, but oil also works fine.

Be it a festive time, or you want to prepare something special for the weekend, this puffed phyllo Loochi Puri recipe is worth a try! You can even make it for your get-togethers and house parties!

The calories in this vegan bread are quite high compared to its size. A serving is approximately 400 calories. Hence, it is advised to eat this only on special occasions.

Ingredients

To make this bread, you will need four simple ingredients: All-Purpose Flour (Maida), Oil, Salt, and Warm Water.

Luchi is prepared with only all-purpose flour. Do not replace it with whole wheat flour (atta).

You can deep fry them in ghee instead of oil.

Use only warm water to ensure the consistency and texture of the dough are right.

How To Make Luchi

Make The Dough

Add the following ingredients to a large mixing bowl (or parat).

  • 2 and ½ cups of all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Flour, oil and salt added to a bowl.

Mix all the ingredients using your fingertips until a crumbly mixture is made.

Crumbly mixture made.

Add warm water little by little and knead to make a slightly soft dough (firmer than the roti dough but softer than the poori dough). 

Note – The consistency of the dough is critical to a perfect lunch, so keep that in mind. Do not add water all at once; otherwise, the dough can become sticky.

Firm dough made.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and sit it on the counter for 20 minutes.

Note – This resting time is important as it helps relax the gluten and prevents the luchi from springing back when you roll them.

Dough covered with a damp cloth.

Roll The Luchi

Knead the dough again for 3-4 minutes until it is smooth.

Divide the dough into small lime-size (1-inch) balls and press the balls between your palms slightly.

Tip – Try to make the dough ball as round as possible. This will help you make round luchies.

Small ball of dough.

Apply a little oil and roll the dough ball using a rolling pin into a 4-inch circle.

Ball kept on a rolling board.
Rolled into a 4-inch circle.

Make 3-4 loochi in the same manner.

Keep the rest of the dough balls covered with the moist cloth; otherwise, the surface of the dough will dry out.

Fry The Loochi

Heat 4-5 cups of oil over high heat in a medium-sized deep karahi (deep pot) for frying. 

When the oil is very hot, reduce the heat to medium. 

NoteThe oil temperature is very important for the luchi to puff up. It should be very hot.

Slip luchi in the hot oil and gently press it using a perforated or slotted spoon until it fluffs up.

Luchi slipped in hot oil.

Do not over-fry. The color of the luchi is supposed to be white. If you fry it more, it will become brown.

Flip gently and fry on the other side as well.

Remove it to a plate lined with paper tissues.

Fry the remaining rolled luchi and then simmer the heat to low.

Now roll another batch of 4-5. Once rolled, increase the heat again and heat the oil nicely. Reduce the heat to medium and then fry the next batch.

Keep rolling and frying the loochi in the same manner.

Ready luchi.

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Luchi is a traditional Bengali-style deep-fried puffed bread made using all-purpose flour. Here is how to make it.
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Luchi Recipe (Deep Fried Puffed Bread)

Luchi is a traditional Bengali-style deep-fried puffed bread made using all-purpose flour. Here is how to make it.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 and ½ cups all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • warm water for kneading the dough (as required)
  • oil or ghee for frying
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Instructions 

Make The Dough

  • Add all-purpose flour, oil, and salt to a large mixing bowl (or parat).
  • Mix all the ingredients using your fingertips until they are combined and a crumbly mixture is made.
  • Add warm water little by little and knead to make a slightly soft dough (firmer than the roti dough but softer than the poori dough). 
  • Note – The consistency of the dough is very important to get the perfect luchi so keep that in mind. Do not add water all at once otherwise, the dough can become sticky.
  • Cover the dough with a damp cloth and keep it aside on the counter for 20 minutes.
  • Note – This resting time is very important as it helps relax the gluten and prevents the luchi from springing back when you roll them.

Roll The Luchi

  • Knead the dough again for 3-4 minutes until it is very smooth.
  • Divide the dough into small lime-size (1-inch) balls and press the balls between your palms slightly.
  • Tip – Try to make the dough ball as round as possible. This will help you make round luchies.
  • Apply little oil and roll the dough ball using a rolling pin into a 4-inch circle.
  • Make 3-4 loochi in the same manner.
  • Keep the rest of the dough balls covered with the moist cloth otherwise the surface of the dough will dry out.

Fry The Loochi

  • Heat 4-5 cups of oil or ghee for frying in a medium-sized deep karahi (deep pot) over high heat. 
  • When the oil is very hot, reduce the heat to medium. 
  • Note – The oil temperature is very important for the luchi to puff up. It should be very hot.
  • Slip luchi in the hot oil and gently press it using a perforated spoon or a slotted spoon until it fluffs up.
  • Do not over-fry. The color of the luchi is supposed to be white. If you fry it more, it will become brown.
  • Flip gently and fry on the other side as well.
  • Remove it to a plate lined with paper tissues.
  • Fry the remaining rolled luchi and then simmer the heat to low.
  • Now roll another batch of 4-5. Once they are rolled, increase the heat again and heat the oil nicely. Reduce the heat to medium and then fry the next batch.
  • Keep rolling and frying the loochi in the same manner.

Video

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Notes

Use only warm water to ensure the consistency and texture of the dough are right.

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 292mg, Potassium: 84mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 3.6mg
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