Friday, February 4, 2011

ખારી પૂરી

This is one of our favorite snacks. I used to make it quite often when HE had long commutes, so he can have it while driving. At my mom’s place, this is available virtually round the year. With tea/coffee, pickle/chutney or just by itself, these puris are all time preferred snacks. It is also known as તીખી પૂરી/ મસાલા પૂરી, but it’s one and the same. These puris are quite filling, easy to make (For me very easy since now I have electric tortilla maker) and healthy. Though they are deep fried, still considered healthy due to the fact that they are made using whole wheat flour and do not absorb much oil.

Makes about 35 puris
Preparation Time: 45 Minute
Cooking Time: 30 Minute

1.5 cup whole wheat chapatti flour
1 tbsp gram flour (besan)
1 tbsp coarse soji flour
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp cumin seeds, coarsely crushed
½ tsp ajwain seeds, coarsely crushed
1.5 tsp oil
Oil for frying

1. In a large bowl, mix all three flours and sieve with oil
2. Now add all dry spices and kneed a hard dough like ભાખરી(Harder dough = crispier puris)
3. Divide dough into small balls and roll them into puris
4. Spread these puris on a plastic sheet so they do not touch each other. Let them dry uncovered at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Reason is, dry puris absorb very little oil while frying
5. Heat oil in a pan, gently prick puris using knife/fork and deep fry them on both the side until golden brown
6. Let them cool down for a while and store them in a tight container

They stay good for at least 2-3 weeks.

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