Kashmiri Televor (Sesame Bagel)


Obviously we are all practicing social distancing, so I’ve decided to make use of my time at home in between telemedicine appointments. Today’s project was to make a classic Kashmiri bread, televor, enjoyed with pink salt tea (sheer chai). It’s similar to a sesame bagel. I used a french flour used for baguettes but you can using any all purpose flour, so your dough might need more or less water. Enjoy and stay safe.


3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tablespoon of quick rise dry yeast

1/2 tablespoon of sugar

1/2 tablespoon of salt

2 cups of water (80F) important to get the yeast to grow

Sesame seeds



  1. Mix the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt, yeast.
  2. Add the warm water slowly while mixing. ( I used the dough hook on my Kitchen aid). Continue to mix the dough for 7-8 minutes using the mixer to get a soft dough.
  3. Place dough in a bowl, cover with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and let it rest for an hour in a warm place with a kitchen towel over the bowl.
  4. The dough should rise nicely after an hour.
  5. Shape the dough into a log, and cut into 6-8 pieces (depending on how big you want them, they will get bigger)
  6. Take each round piece and create a hole in the middle.
  7. Place on a floured counter and cover with a towel for 30 minutes so they rise again.
  8. Preheat your oven to 430 degrees F.
  9. Meanwhile take each piece and add to boiling water in a large pan on the stove, 1 minute on each side. (I did 2-3 at a time in a wok).
  10. Once finished place on paper towel for 5 minutes.
  11. Either butter the sheet pan or use parchment paper to line it.
  12. Brush each piece with melted butter and then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  13. Place all the pieces on the sheet pan and bake at 430F for 35-40 minutes.
  14. Make sure they are nice and crispy, golden brown on top.
  15. Let them cool and enjoy with a warm beverage. Kashmiris usually have televor with a pink salt tea (sheer chai).



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