Also spelled bhatura, batoora, et cetera, this North Indian bread has airy, crisp bubbles that evoke the puffier poori and the chewier texture of the flatter naan. In the combo shown below ($5), a pair of baturas dwarfed their accompaniments, which was just as well — fresh from the deep-fryer, they were the best part of the platter.
For more photos from several Jackson Heights celebrations of Diwali (also Deepavali), the Hindu "festival of lights" (as in "inner light"), see the slideshow.
Jackson Heights Diwali Mela
74th St. between Roosevelt and 37th Aves., Jackson Heights, Queens
(The 2013 mela was held on October 13)