Saturday, August 15, 2009

10 Pooris ( Deep fried Indian flatbreads)

This cookbook lists 10 simplified deep fried Indian breads. For more detailed recipes, check out the links from fellow bloggers listed below. The following breads are listed in this cookbook:

1.:  Poori  : You can look at Poori as a deep fried Chapatti. Whole wheat dough is rolled into a thin circle which is then deep-fried to make a poori. This is popular in south India and is eaten with potato curry.

2.: Luchi  is poori made from refined wheat flour ( maida). These are popular in East India, especially Bengal and Orissa.

3.: Jeera Poori has cumin powder and cumin seeds kneaded into the dough.

4.: Masala Poori is spicy with chili powder and garam masala kneaded in.

5.: Methi Poori has chopped fenugreek leaves mixed into the dough.

6.: Missi Poori a Rajasthani specialty is made from a mixture of wheat flour and gram flour.

7.: Palak Poori has boiled and mashed spinach mixed in. A variety of spinach can be used here.

8.: Paneer Poori is stuffed with grated paneer.

9.: Aloo poori has a stuffing of potatoes

10.: Dal Poori uses boiled and mashed tuvar dal as the stuffing. A variety of boiled and mashed pulses can be used in place of tuvar dal.

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