This Indian Food Recipe Makes ± 21 Pieces
This Soft Puri recipe is a classic Indian treat which is well recognized in India & South Africa in Indian homes. Puri (likewise spelled poori) is an unleavened pan fried Indian bread, ordinarily devoured on the Indian subcontinent. It is had for breakfast or as a nibble or light dinner. It is normally presented with a curry or used to make Puri Patha (Patha which is known to be an herb based patty).
Soft Puri Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons soft butter or margarine
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup sour milk (maas) or plain yoghurt (I used sourmilk)
- ± ¼ cup fresh milk
- In a medium sized bowl/dish, add in the flour.
- Thereafter, add in the baking powder & salt.
- Mix well.
- Add in the butter. If the butter is hard, microwave for about 20 seconds & then add to the flour.
- Using your hand, smash butter with flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add in the sourmilk or plain yoghurt & carefully mix using your hand. (Using sourmilk or yoghurt helps the puri not to retain/absorb oil).
- Mix into the dough.
- Heat the milk for 15 seconds in the microwave & gradually pour in the milk & mix the dough.
- Mix until combined.
- Place dough onto a floured surface.
- Knead the dough until the dough is soft & pliable.
- Separate dough into 8 balls. This makes it easier to work with.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough balls until about an inch thick.
- Using a cookie cutter or a glass, press it into the dough to form a circle.
- Continue this process until all the dough is used. You may also just roll it out or cut into shapes if you prefer.
- Place a deep pot on the stove-top & pour in cooking oil about quarter high in the pot as this will be used to deep fry the puri’s. Alternatively, you can use a deep fryer.
- Test the oil with a tiny piece of dough to check if the oil is hot enough. If the dough sizzles & has bubbles around it then the oil is ready. Carefully place the puri one at a time into the hot oil.
- It will begin to puff up.
- Using a slotted spoon or a tong, flip it over & remove onto kitchen towels. The frying process is less than a minute. Placing the fried puri’s on the kitchen towels help drain any excess oil.
- Continue the process until all the puri’s are fried. Use an airtight container & line with wax paper. Place puri’s in the airtight container & heat in the microwave when you’re ready to serve.
- Serve the Soft Puri hot.
- Best eaten with beans curry, tin fish chutney, sweet rice or as puri pathas.
- I served my Soft Puri with sugar beans curry & mango pickle.