Mrs Balbir Singh's | Puri Recipe - Crispy & Fluffy Fried Indian Bread

 Mrs Balbir Singh's Puri Recipe - Deep Fried Indian Bread


These crispy yet fluffy fried Indian breads are simply heavenly, and very moreish indeed!  Light brown puffed up deep-fried puris, just hot out of the pan will take a potato or chickpea curry to new heights. 
Frequently enjoyed at breakfast time these mouth-watering culinary clouds of joy are sure to set you up for the day. Why not try some for brunch with our spicy potato curry this weekend?

Puris (Pooris)

Crispy, light and fluffy deep-fried Indian bread

Category: Indian Breads

Recipe: 137

Ingredients for the dough

  • 115g (4 oz) plain flour* (maida) + 115g (4 oz) wholemeal or wholewheat flour or chapati flour (atta)
  • About 120ml to 150ml water
  • 1 tbsp melted ghee or vegetable oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil

*in the USA this is known as fine cake flour.

Ingredients for frying

  • Enough oil for approx 10cm (3½″) depth in a pan or fryer

    Step 1: make the dough

    Sieve the flour, the wholemeal or wholewheat flour (atta) and the salt together. Make a depression in the centre of the dough and pour in the water. Mix into a stiff but pliable dough and using a little melted ghee or vegetable oil and knead for about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Leave it covered with a wet cloth for 20 to 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces and, using a little vegetable oil, shape them into round spheres.

    Grease lightly the rolling pin and the board with vegetable oil and roll out each sphere into a thin pancake about 9-10cm (3½″) in diameter. 


    Step 2: fry the puris

    Heat the oil to smoking point and drop the puris gently into deep fry them. They will sink a little and rise quickly. Then turn over immediately and press down gently with a wire frying slice or skimmer mesh until it swells up and becomes a light brown colour. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen roll/paper towel.

    To Serve: 

    Serve hot with a potato curry or our chana masala and an Indian pickle (achar) of your choice.




    Mrs Balbir Singh 
    Award-winning godmother of Indian home cooking, and author of Mrs Balbir Singh's Indian Cookery, as featured in "The Best Indian Cookbooks Ever, as Judged by the Experts" - The Telegraph (UK)