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Khameer/ Bakhmri

A soft and fluffy deep fried bread which is a traditional Bahraini/ Emarati bread.



  • 1 cup all purpose flour 255ml
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp powdered milk
  • 90 ml warm water/milk
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp kalonji optional
  • Cardamom powder optional
  • Salt to taste



  • In a bowl mix together the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix well.
  • Add in kalonji and cardamom if using.
  • Add in oil and mix well.
  • Slowly pour in the warm water/milk and start kneading till you get a smooth dough. Knead for 8-10 minutes. Rub oil all over the dough.
  • Keep the dough in a oiled bowl and let it rise for 1-2 hours until it doubles in size.
  • Punch down the dough and divide it into two portions. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into 1/8th inch thickness. Keep the other dough covered.
  • Cut the dough into 8 portions. Repeat same with other dough. Let it rise for 15 minutes.
  • Deep fry the bread in oil. Let it puff up well, then flip and let the other side turn golden brown in color. Remove from oil.


* If you want to have this sweet, just add more sugar.
* Add cardamom powder if you are making sweet khameer.
* I used instant yeast so i added that directLy to the flour, but if you are using the normal yeast, just proof it in warm water first and then add to flour.
* You can roll these into rounds too.