August 15, 2007

Independance Day and Puri-Bhaji


Happy 60th Independence Day to everyone!
As Saffron Trail pointed out, Hindustan Times has a nice article on K2K Food Court for foodies. Check out the 60 K2K (Kashmir to Kanyakumari) food classics that celebrate the way we are. Additionally, there is an amazing list of 60 desserts for the Independence Day!

Also, in blogosphere, Anita of the A Mad Tea Party fame has nominated or rather declared Poori or Puri Bhaji as the National Favorite with every region having its own version of it. I support this having eaten puri bhaji in myriad forms, from Delhi to Trivandrum. While my version (my family recipe) is a southern style one flavored with mustard seeds and curry leaves, I have relished the dry potato subji and puri in my Punjabi friend's house, loved the puri chole- halwa version at Kanchak and enjoyed the watery potato curry with oily puris and pickle, served in a plate made of dried leaves (Truly organic food) at different train stations. The puris varied from whole wheat ones to pure refined flour ones to those with a mix of both.

I truly appreciated Puris only after I left home for college. During my stay in the hostel, the puris were fried early in the morning and stacked in a giant bamboo basket. So if we were late for breakfast, we used to get the ones left in the dredges of the basket....flat thick puris which resembled super oily papads. Of course, we chewed it quietly while imagining it to be the fluffy soft ones made at home. Hostel food teaches you forbearance, doesn't it?

Now it is a weekend breakfast or a lazy weeknight dinner when you need some rich comfort food. I had blogged about this earlier, but when Anita asked us to blog about it, this week itself, decided to republish it. So here is my version of the classic and I am off to join Anita's party.

You'll need: For about 10-12 puris
Whole wheat flour- 1 1/2 cups
Water- ¾ cup more or less.
Oil -1 tbsp
Salt-to taste
Oil for Frying-1-2 cups

Preparation:
1. Add salt and oil to the flour and make it crumbly. Add water a bit at a time to make dough. Knead well for about 5 minutes till everything comes together.The dough should be smooth but medium hard in texture. Knead it well to make a smooth roll. Cover with a plastic wrap and keep aside for 15 minutes. Divide into even sized balls...about the size of a very small lemon.

Roll it out to a small circle and fry it. Do not roll out more than 2-3 at a time as it hardens if it is not fried immediately. Heat oil in a wok/kadai/cheenachatti/ and when it is hot, slide one puri in from the side. Press down with the slotted spoon to allow it rise completely and then turn over and cook the other side till golden flecks appear on both sides. Remove and drain onto paper towels.

P.S: Do not roll it out too thin. Test the temperature by dropping a speck of dough in the oil and seeing how fast it comes up. The heat should be medium hot consistently.

Potato Bhaji
Potatoes-2 big ones diced into small pieces.
Onion-1 cup chopped coarsely
Green Chilies-6-7 chopped.
Ginger- 1 inch piece, chopped finely
Turmeric-1/2 tsp
Salt-3/4 tsp or to taste
Curry leaves- 1 sprig.
Mustard Seeds- ½ tsp
Oil-2 tbsp
Preparation:
Heat the oil in a heavy pan. After a minute, lower the heat and add the mustard seeds and cover till it finishes spluttering. Keep a safe distance if uncovered. Now add the curry leaves, and onions, green chilies and ginger.

Stir fry for a minute and then add the potato cubes, turmeric and salt. Add 1 cup water (enough to submerge the potatoes), and let it come to a boil. Now cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Open and add more water if the potatoes are not cooked. When the potatoes are cooked, mash them with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Check seasoning.
Serve hot with the puris.
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32 comments:

Asha said...

I made Poori bhaji for her too!:))
Looks yum! Happy I day to you sistah!!:))

Jyothsna said...

You forgot the thenga paal;)Just kidding!

Sandeepa said...

You are having Poori-Bhaji on a weekday ? You rock girl

Pooja V said...

Puri-bhaji...so delicious. I-day special food....way to go;

Sia said...

one plate poori bhaji plzzzzzz:)
happy I-day shaheen...

Anita said...

Happy Independence Day, Shaheen. Thanks you for finding the time to come to the Party, that too in the middle of the work week!

See how they lust those who haven't made poori bhaji yet! ;-)

Lata said...

Hey Shaheen, Happy I-day and I crave for puris now.

Sharmi said...

Happy Independence day. crispy looking pooris make me hungry.

bee said...

i have never seen more perfect looking puris. happy independence day to you.

indosungod said...

Shaheen you braved the heat and made Pooris. Lucky for you this week was far cooler than last week when we getting cooked.

Manisha said...

Wow! Looks at those picture perfect puris! And the bhaji looks yummy, too!

Dee said...

First time here mallu girl, you have a great blog! Happy Independence day!

Meeta said...

Happy Independence Day to you too!! I want some puri bhaji too!!

Poonam said...

Lovely! A very happy independence day to you.

Nandita said...

your pooris and puffy and cute! Me made them too :P

Rachna said...

hey your puri bhajjis are making me so hungry...

Chandrika said...

Shaheen, your post brings back nostalgic memories...Yummy pooris!

Padma said...

Poori0bhaji looks ummmhaa! Happy Independence Day to you too

mallugirl said...

Thanks for all ur comments. I just got busy categorising the express event mails and missed replying in person to each of u.
Puri bhaji was not made this week, as I said , it was blogged earlier but I had to join the inde. party! since there are so many of u and only 4 puris on the plate, hope u would all be sweet enough to stop at just one bite.:)

Roopa said...

wow puri bhaji looks yum :)

Latha Narasimhan said...

My comments never appear here. Worst is my entry for express event also does'nt appear in the list.

Don't know what went wrong!

Your poori and bhaji are looking yummy! I always like to eat what others cook.

ritu said...

hello mallugirl..

very nice webpage..
I wish i too had poori bhaji, they look very very yummy. it was always was made at home on 15th august ands 26th January.. but now I guess i am too busy cooking for everyone else.
cheers

Mallugirl said...

latha, dunno what happened with ur earlier comments.. maybe blogger acting up/.

Vcuisine said...

Lovely tiffen. viji

Anupama said...

Shaheen those puris are so perfectly puffed up. When I showed my hubby the pic his comment was "Hasn't it been quite some time since you made this menu?" I am seriously thinking of having this menu for dinner today.

Suma Gandlur said...

Looks yummy. I want to poke those puffy balls. :)

Prema Sundar said...

poori kizhangu as we call it in tamil is one among my fav... feel like having it tonight for dinner after seeing ur pic.

Mandira said...

Poori bhaji looks fabulous and so mouthwatering, I'm drooling!

neroli said...

Mallugirl, what a perfectly gorgeous-looking plate you've shown us.
Thank you for the gorgeous pooris!

Nags said...

nice pic :)

waiting for the express cooking roundup now :)

Mandira said...

Shaheen, There is an award waiting for you at my blog. Congratulations :)
http://ahaar.blogspot.com/2007/08/awards-new-place.html

Madhavi said...

Hi. . Tried out the recipe today, turned put perfect. Thanks for the recipe.