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Last Updated : May 12,2018
What is a Puri?
The puri needs no introduction to any Indian. It is perhaps one of the most versatile and popular of Indian foods, well-known and much-liked not just in all states of India but in other parts of the world as well. Whether it is a rich and spongy batura or a light and crispy whole wheat flour puri, be it a plain one or a spicy version, everybody loves puris!
The puri is basically a deep-fried snack made with dough. The dough is made of flour, water and salt, sometimes perked up with a few spices or pureed veggies or greens. This dough is then shaped into small discs using a rolling pin and deep-fried. There are many varieties of puris such as plain ones, stuffed ones, and crispy jar snack puris that last for a week.
What is a plain puri?
A plain puri is essentially one that has not been stuffed. It is made of flour-based dough, seasoned with salt and/or spices. Sometimes the dough is reinforced with grated or mashed veggies, pureed greens, etc. Since these discs are not stuffed, they puff up enticingly when deep-fried. This gives them a nice and fluffy mouth-feel. To ensure that the puris puff up well and give the right texture, you should make sure the oil is really hot before dropping the flour discs into it.
Plain puris can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you have added a touch of spices to the dough, then you can serve it plain, or with curds and pickles, else serve it with a semi-dry subzi.
Top 7 plain puri recipes
5 Tips to make the perfect plain puri
1. The dough should always be semi-stiff and never soft.
2. You must roll the puris without using any flour for rolling.
3. Grease the rolling board and pin with a little oil to make the job easier.
4. The oil should be nice and hot before you drop the puris in.
5. When you deep-fry, press each puri lightly so it will puff up.
What is a stuffed puri?
A stuffed puri, as the name suggests, is one that has been stuffed with veggies, greens, spices, dal or other scrumptious fillings. You can have these stuffed puris independently, or with a cup of curds. As they are bursting with flavor, you do not need a subzi to add flavor to the meal.
Since these puris are stuffed, they do not puff up like regular puris. Unlike the light and crisp mouth-feel of plain puris, these have a more sumptuous, succulent mouth-feel – it kind of feels richer!
Stuffed puris give a lot of room for innovation too, as you can mix and match the ingredients to make a different version every time!
Top 5 Stuffed Puris
What is a jar snack puri?
Love puris and want to have them more often? Go for these jar snack puris! These are puris that have been made crispy and can be preserved for at least 10-15 days if stored in a dry and airtight container after cooling completely. A touch of spices like chilli powder, sesame, nigella or cumin seeds may be added to the dough to give the puris an appetizing flavor and aroma. You can enjoy these jar snack puris plain, with tea or coffee. You can even have it for breakfast along with a smoothie, or enjoy it as an evening snack. These crunchy puris can be carried to work or school in an airtight dabba. You can also crush the puris, top them with chutneys and other ingredients like sev to make a chaat-like snack.
Make sure you stock up on some of these puris during festivals like Diwali, so that you can offer your guests a zesty snack along with garma garam tea or coffee.
Top 4 jar snack puris
| || Fill your jars with these yummy puris: |
|1. || Baked Whole Wheat Puris |
|2. || Methi Puri Recipe |
|3. ||Verki Puri |
|4. ||Crispy Masala Puri |
Whenever you are planning the menu for a party or a festive meal, do not forget to include puri in it, because puris are loved by all. It is a dish that appeals to young and old alike. Depending on the other items you are serving in that meal, you can select a simple puri or a stuffed one. A puri is apt for everyday meals too. When you are in a hurry, you can quickly make stuffed puris and serve them with curds – everybody will be happy and your job will also be easy!
Puris are popular in all parts of India. Puri with Aloo or Shrikand in the West, Puri with Potato Masala in the South, Puri with Palak in the East and Puri with Chana or Sooji Halwa in the North are some of the evergreen combos that one never tires of having! If you are a puri lover, you will feel at home in any Indian restaurant anywhere in the world.
So, go for it – start your puri explorations right away!
07 Jul 18
Spicy Urad Dal Puris by Tarla Dalal
Serve these delicious urad dal puris with sweet pickle and hot tea on a sunny Sunday morning, for a complete Rajasthani ambience.
You can also try other puris to enjoy with a cup of hot tea like Khus-khus ki Puri
or K ....
16 May 18
Masala Green Pea Puri by Tarla Dalal
A scrumptious variant to the regular puri
with the subtle taste of green pea and a touch of spices, the Masala Green Pea Puri can be enjoyed as a snack
18 May 16
Spinach Puri by Tarla Dalal
Appetising and aromatic, the Spinach Puri is a vibrant green coloured snack with the goodness of spinach, and the splendid flavour of green chillies, ginger and garlic.
Since the spinach puree itself contributes a lot of moisture to bond the ingredients, the amount of water required for making ....
04 Apr 18
Phudina Puri by Tarla Dalal
Irresistible Phudina Puri is perfect for special occasions, or any day when you feel special.
Dough pepped up with myriad ingredients like mint leaves, cumin seeds and lemon juice, gives rise to tasty and aromatic puris that are so flavourful that they can be served with just a bowl of raita, ....
19 Feb 18
Chana Dal Puri by Tarla Dalal
Game for some unusual fare today? Try this delectable Chana Dal Puri, which combines soaked and ground chana dal with wheat flour and semolina in the dough.
A couple of spices and coriander do their bit in jazzing up the taste of these puris. Do not fry too many puris at once, and while frying a ....
24 May 16
Khamiri Green Peas Puris by Tarla Dalal
Khamiri green peas puri is a Rajasthani
snack and a rather rich choice for that, since these puris have a scrumptious, semi-spicy green peas stuffing and are deep-fried in ghee.
06 Sep 17
Aloo Ki Puri by Tarla Dalal
Aloo ki Puri is a fabulous puri with so much flavour ingrained in it that you don’t need any accompaniments to complete it!
The dough is reinforced with boiled potatoes and a thoughtful mix of spice powders, which gives it a wonderfully soft texture and energetic flavour.
The Aloo ki Puri is ....
29 Aug 17
Bread Bhatura, No Yeast Bhatura Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This unique recipe shows you the means to make perfectly tasty bhaturas without having to lose your sleep over yeast! Instead, we have used a dough of bread, refined flour and whole wheat flour in just the right proportions.
Remember that there is a resting time of half an hour for the dough to ....
26 Mar 18
Baked Whole Wheat Puris, Jar Snack by Tarla Dalal
Appetizingly tasty, these Baked Whole Wheat Puris make a healthy and filling snack for kids – but sure to be enjoyed by adults too.
These scrumptious whole wheat crispies have a lingering taste, thanks to simple, readily available spice powders. The procedure is easy and there is no time-consumi ....
17 Jul 12
Bhatura ( Bhatura Yeast Free-recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Bhatura is one of the most famous breads from the Punjab. The term is most often used together with Chole as 'Chole-Bhatura'.
The Bhatura is a delicious fried bread made with plain flour. Adding butter to the Bhatura dough makes it softer while the baking soda and baking powder help it to rise ....
31 Jan 17
Sweet Kand Puri, Maharashtrian Upwas Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Sweet Kand Puri is a quick and easy recipe that will keep your tummy happy on a fasting day without breaking any rules!
Kand or purple yam is a winter root veggie, which arrives conveniently during the Maharashtrian month of Margashis, when fasting for five Thursdays is said to please Goddess Pa ....
15 Feb 17
Banana and Rajgira Puri, Upvaas Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Craving for puris on an upvaas
day? Well, nothing wrong in having a piece or two of this tasty, upvaas friendly Banana and Rajgira Puri to satisfy your hunger and top up the energy levels.
These yummy puris are made of a dough of ....
24 Dec 16
Puri Bhaji, Poori Bhaji, Aloo Puri Recipe by Tarla Dalal
An age-old combo with a timeless charm, Puri Bhaji makes a perfect breakfast! It is prepared in almost all regions of India, with just mild variations.
Fluffy and golden brown whole wheat flour puris are served with a bhaji of potatoes perked up with everyday ingredients like onions, green chill ....
19 Apr 15
Bhedawi Puri by Tarla Dalal
An elaborate snack, which is nevertheless not too tough to prepare, Bhedawi Puri offers a unique dining experience of nigella flavoured puris stuffed with a masaledar urad dal mixture. The nigella seeds add a tantalising flavour to the puris while the fennel seeds, although used in smaller quantitie ....
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