Poori is the perfect comfort food, eaten hot and fluffy just out of a wok bubbling with hot cooking oil. Since it is a deep-fried bread, it is prepared only on special occasions. One such occasion is the Durga Ashtami or the eighth day of Navratri, the north Indian festival of fasting for nine days to cleanse and purify the soul and pray to the Goddess Durga.
Poori, mostly accompanied with aloo ki sabzi (spicy potato curry cooked in tomato sauce) or with white or brown chickpea (mostly dry with very less amount of gravy) is something that can easily delight any person. See the recipe for making Kaale Chhole (brown chickpea) here.
Perfect food to takeaway for picnics, long journeys or for packing into dabbas for the school or office, pooris are delicious both when hot or even when not. Eating them with aam ka achaar or raw mango pickle and washing it down with a cup of kadak chai, is a cherished memory from several trips taken by road and train with my family. :-)
Poori, just like any other bread, is versatile enough to be eaten in so many ways. Eat the hot, bubbling and fluffy poori straight out of the wok with spicy dry kaale chhole or black-brown chickpeas or aloo ki sabzi. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the epic puri-halwa combo wherein hot and velvety atte ka halwa or wholewheat sweet pudding is slathered on top of the soft poori and devoured slowly taking in the taste of halwa and poori in every bite. Here is a super simple recipe to make yummy Atte Ka Halwa.
For poori, I always prepare the dough well in advance. If I have to make it early in the morning, I prepare the dough in the night and store it in an air-tight container in the fridge. I find it easier to handle the dough which has take its time to rest.
Preparing the Dough for Poori
Time: 10 min
3 cups wholewheat flour
1/2-1 cup water
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp salt
Kneading the dough
In a flat bottomed container. Add in the flour, salt, ghee and mix. Now using your hands start kneading the dough adding little water every now and then.
The dough for the poori needs to be tight and not very soft and thus requires very little water. So add water in parts and only when required. We need a dough that is hard and easier to handle. Refrigerate for atleast an hour.
Flattening the dough
Make small peda or balls with dough and using a little oil flatten it with a belan or a rolling pin. Make the number of round flat pooris as required.
Frying the flat pooris
In a wok, heat enough refined oil and once its really hot start adding the pooris one by one, frying on both sides until golden brown. Take out with a big kadchhi or spatula on a napkin. Serve hot with chana or halwa.
How do you like to make your poori? Do you add ajwain or carom seeds?
Tell me all your tales about poori, I'd love to read them.
Thanks for reading! :-)