Friday, 29 January 2010

Farsi puri - Indian bread tasting like salted biscuits

Farsi Puri  is a type of an Indian bread from the puri family and they taste like salted biscuits. Its very easy to make the puris and can be cooked and saved to be eaten up to 2 weeks.  These puris are usually made during holidays or when you are expecting lots of guests.  They make a great snack but can also be eaten with your curry and rice whilst you are on holiday and do not wish to make chappatis.   I tend to make them on my first day of holiday and then eat them as I need them during the holidays.

The puris taste lovely with a cup of tea, can be used when making bhel puris or offered as a snack just like you would offer cheese biscuits. I used half a bag of Plain flour  -750 grams -for my recipe and ended up making so many puris that some got posted off to my son - who got them all intact - as the Post Office had put a "fragile" sticker on the parcel.  So although my recipe is for 750 gm of flour, please adjust accordingly if you wish to make only a few puris.   As long as the puris are packed in an airtight container, they will taste nice for over two weeks.

Ingredients to make 100- 125 puris depending on the size:

750 Plain white flour
125 gram salted butter
3 teaspoons salt
1.5 teaspoon cumin
1.5 teaspoons coarsely groung black pepper
1 litre sunflower oil or any cooking oil is fine


1.    Sieve the flour.

2.    Warm the butter for a couple of minutes -until it looks runny -almost like oil.

3.    Make a dip in the flour and pour in the butter.

4.    Sprinkle on the coarse black pepper and salt.

 5.    Roast the cumin slightly on a griddle.  Once you get the lovely cumin aroma, transfer the cumin on to a work top.  Using a rolling pin, roll over the cumin.  This will release the lovely cummin flavours and your puris will have the lovely flavour when you add this mixture to the dough. Continue rolling over the cumin until some of the cumin is crushed a bit.

6.  Add the cumin to the flour.

7.  Using warm water bind the dough.  This dough should not be mixed too much as we need to keep in as much of the air in the dough as we can.  I usually bind it and leave it spread out into a flan dish as shown below.

8.    Now we need to divide the dough into approximately 125 small balls. 

9.  Roll out the puris and prick them either with a fork or a knife.  I like to prick the puris with a knife as shown below:

10.  Deep fry the puris in sunflower oil .  When you put the puris in oil, wait for them to float up and then keep turning them gently until they are a light golden colour.

11.  Remove the puris on kitchen paper.   As the puris cool, they will turn slightly darker and crispier. 

12.  Once cool, please store in an airtight container.  These should be fine for a fortnight. 

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  1. These look absolutely delicious! I love the roasted cumin and like to roast spices for all kinds of recipes. I learnt that a long time ago when exploring Indian cooking and learning how to make my own Garam Masala.
    Thank you for introducing me to your blog. I enjoy your recipes. You were so lucky to be able to learn from both your father and your father in law... I'll look forward to many more of your wonderful recipes.

    1. Viviane - It's an honour to have you visiting my blog.

  2. Hey there, I have an award waiting for you on my blog :)

  3. We make this too , lovely clicks!

  4. These puris are lovely! I would love to make them sometime and have them with ea.

  5. I have been looking for a recipe for puris for some time now. I had them in India and for some reason I have not been able to find them in Australia. Making them from scratch might be the best idea!

  6. Not knowing I made the Puri soft. Later I saw your recipe and I have linked this one to the recipe post in my blog. Detailed and well explained. Thank you


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