Written by  //  November 6, 2013  //  Asian, Bread, Recipes, Vegetarian  //  2 Comments

IMG_0485In one of my recent spicery kits there was a spice blend to add to Pooris which are deep fried Indian breads.  They are gorgeous and really easy to make.  I have made them in the past and enjoyed them but I have always had them plain.  When I wanted to make them again I made up my own spice blend and they were still good.  When you take them out of the pan the suggestion was to sprinkle each bread with chat masala which is a seasoning blend a bit like garam masala.  You can buy this in a packet but you can also make your own.  I have a recipe which I haven’t tried yet but I’m going to try it soon.  This is the mixture that you buy in Asian grocery shops.

IMG_0490I have ordered Ingredients for Indian cooking from the internet in the past because our supermarkets don’t stock a good enough selection, probably because there is not a large Asian population here.  I often read in magazines about going to your local ethnic shop but until now that option wasn’t available to me.  Anyway I have discovered an Asian supermarket not too far away so last week I set off for a look.  It was wonderful, lots of spices I have only read about just waiting for me to buy them, so I did!  I can now make my own spice blends.

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Crisp breads for eating with currys or serve under a curry.
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • 160g plain flour
  • 1tsp poori spice mixture ( I used dried chilli flakes and nigella seeds crushed)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100ml water.
  • chat masala
  1. Mix the flour salt, poori spice mix and water till you have a dough.
  2. Leave the dough aside for 30 mins.
  3. Heat some oil (not olive) in a wok or a deep frying pan till it is hot but not smoking hot.
  4. Divide the dough into 4 pieces
  5. Roll each piece as thinly as possible.
  6. Carefully place a poori into the oil then hold it down at the edge till it puffs up. This will only take about 15-20 seconds.
  7. Flip it over and cook the other side for a few seconds.
  8. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper then sprinkle with chat masala.




2 Comments on "Poori"

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    sparklysjc November 6, 2013 at 20:49 · Reply

    I love Poori . Glad you found a shop to help you out :). Xxx

    How is the water bath experiments going?

    • marietait34
      marietait34 November 6, 2013 at 20:52 · Reply

      I’m on a learning curve with the water bath, smoked haddock tonight which was very good, the poached egg that went with it is another story. Watch this space.

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