Start by activating the yeast. Heat water till it reaches lukewarm temperature or use a thermometer and check till it’s at 110F. Once it reaches that temperature add the yeast and sugar, mix and let it stand for 5-6 mins till it’s completely frothy.
In a large mixing bowl take the flour. Add the sugar to it, add oil and a little salt. Mix. Now add the activated yeast mix to it and mix it with a wooden or silicon spoon. Once this is done, start by adding a little water at a time and mixing it in. Once the flour is mixed and forms a round mass, bring it to a counter top and knead it for a good 8-10 mins.
If you are using a stand mixer continue kneading it till it’s elastic and smooth.
How to know the dough is ready: If you press your finger on it, it will leave an indent and immediately spring back. It should be smooth and pliable and soft by the time you are done kneading.
Oil the mixing bowl and place the dough in the bowl and twirl it around so the dough is oiled too.
Now cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 1.5-2 hours in a warm dry place. Kitchen counter works just fine unless it get too much cold draft.