One of the most dazzling, show stopping things one can present at a dinner party are the puffy little Indian breads known as Poori. These golden little balls of dough puff up like small balloons during frying and come to the table warm and round. Your guests will be amazed! They’ll “oooh” and “ahhh.” They may even gather around the fryer to watch, but don’t let them stand too close because to puff up properly the oil has to be really, really, really hot.We don't want any poori burns. Other than that, this traditional bread is pretty easy to whip up in under an hour.
Here’s what to do:
Poori are almost made the same way as chapatti. The ingredients are easy as pie. In fact, if you can make pie, you can make these.
All you need are:
2 cups chapatti or whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1 and 1/2 Tbs of vegetable oil
3/4 to 1 cup of water
Oil to fry with.
Here's how to put it all together:
Mix together the flour, salt and oil.
When they’re all blended, add in the water slowly using only as much as you need to mix the dough together.
Knead the dough. You want it nice and smooth and elastic.
Put it in a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth.
Let it rest for about 30 minutes to an hour.
In a wok or kadhai or deep fryer, heat vegetable oil for deep frying.
Get the oil hot, hot, hot! If it’s not hot enough the dough won’t puff up properly.
Portion the dough into 16 little balls.
Roll them out into circles.
Drop the circles into the hot oil and watch them balloon up and turn golden.
Serve them up!
This is as close to Benihana type cooking that I do in my house. Everybody wants to see the little dough balls puff up and turn golden, and if you handle it just right, they'll stay puffed up on the platter when you serve them. Just remember to always be careful when handle hot. hot, hot, actually nearly boiling oil. Remember you are not in a castle repelling invaders!
I'm celebrating my 2nd Blogiversary (yes, that is a weird word) this month, and I've decided to celebrate it with some great gifts from the very generous people at Workman Press, and Tropical Traditions. I'm giving away 2 great gifts.
A Copy of the fabulous cookbook Mangos and Curry Leaves
Organic Coconut Water Vinegar from the nice people at Tropical Traditions. This vinegar is great and what can I say, a must have for old skool Indian cooking!
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The drawing is going to be conducted on Random.org. It starts today July 1st and ends on July 14th. Thanks again to everyone who helps make this blog possible, especially my husband Alan Berger for his great photographs.
Coming up next I go #goaterie ..see what coconut water does to Goat Vindaloo! Follow along on Twitter @kathygori
In the meantime if you are in the good ol' US of A have a safe and sane 4th of July as my mother always says, and if you're not, have a grand old time anyway!