Make Puris Quicker: Indian deep-fried Flatbreads

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Puris are literally one of the oiliest Indian flatbreads around, and tasty too! These deep-fried flatbreads can be eaten as a snack or even for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Traditionally, puris go perfectly with potato bhaji, or even sweet dishes like amras or shrikhand.

They’re well worth the time it takes to roll them out for your meals. But if you’re looking for an easy trick to get them done sooner, here’s what we do!

What ingredients do you need to make Puris?

Whole wheat flour, salt and oil in a stainless steel flat pan.
Flour, salt and oil for the puris

All you need is whole wheat flour, salt, oil, water. You can use all-purpose flour or refined flour, but whole wheat flour is healthier. We also make puris with buckwheat flour or multi-grain flour. Optionally you can add kala til (black sesame) or ajwain (ova or carom seeds). Oil is used for deep frying the puris.

How to make the puri dough?

Simply mix your ingredients together and knead them into a firm dough. The firmer it is, the fluffier it gets. Make 8 to 12 portions of the dough and roll into balls.

Dough of wholewheat flour in a stainless steel pan.
Puri dough

You then roll out the balls into flat circles. For regular pooris, you have to roll each ball into a 4-inch or 5-inch circle using a rolling pin.

Now here’s the trick! We learned this from my aunt’s maid Kanta. Instead of rolling out regular 4-inch or 5-inch sized puris, a quicker way is to roll out each dough ball into a 7-inch or 8-inch circle. Use a sharp knife to cut each circle that you’ve rolled out into 4 or 6 pieces. So you’ll have a lot of triangular pieces ready to go. This reduces the time taken to roll out the puris by 2/3rd.

Puris cut into 4 to 6 triangular pieces.
Cut each rolled out piece into 4 to 6 triangular pieces

Now heat the oil in a vessel and then dip the puris and fry till cooked. See my mom multi-tasking here? With the right hand she’s draining the oil from the fried puris, and with the left hand she’s adding more puris to the oil.

Pooris being fried in oil with others at the side.
Fry the pooris in oil as regular puris

Dry out the excess oil on kitchen towels aka tissue paper.

Puris on kitchen towels to drain the excess oil.
Place the puris on kitchen towels to absorb the excess oil
Crispy triangular puris on a bed of tissue paper.
Your crispy puris are ready

And that’s it! Your fluffy and crispy puris are ready. It’s a really simple trick to make puris quicker and reduce the rolling time by almost a third, sometimes even half. How do you roll puris quicker? Make triangular pooris.

Round puris in a white plate.
Round puris, the regular version!

By the way, if you made regular pooris, they’d look like this pic above. And if you like them, try out this recipe for our sweet beetroot puris. Or if you’re looking for something really different, try out our glutenfree recipe for East Indian chitaps.

What’s Perfect About This Puri Recipe?

  • It’s quick and easy to make, just 15 – 20 minutes of actual cooking time.
  • It can be eaten as a snack as well.
  • It goes well with a number of Veg, Non-Veg, and even sweet dishes.

Cooking Tips Or Tricks

  • Instead of making smalls balls and rolling each out, you can make bigger ones, roll them out and cut into triangles.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, or if you have kids that you’re trying to feed beets, try making my mom’s beetroot puris.

FAQ’s About Indian Puris

What if the puri doesn’t puff completely?

If your poori does not puff, don’t worry; it is still cooked.

How can I make the puris softer?

If you want softer puris, replace each tablespoon of oil with 2 tablespoons of yogurt or milk cream.

Are Indian puris gluten-free?

No, Indian puris are not gluten-free because they are made of whole wheat flour. If you want gluten free puris, use buckwheat flour.

What are the different types of rotis in India?

There are many types of rotis in India that are cooked using different methods – leavened, unleavened, fried, baked, deep-fried, and steamed. Some of them include naans, parathas, rotis, makai rotis, bajri rotis, kuchlas, idlis, appams, ghavnis, chitaps, rotla, bhakri, puris, bathura, khakra, koki, dosa, rava dosa, neer dosa, masala dosa, phulka, thepla, papad, pitha, kori roti, rumali roti, and many more.

What can I do to make the puris taste different?

To make the puris taste more flavorful and sweet, make these beetroot puris.

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Crispy triangular puris on a bed of tissue paper.

Easy Puris Recipe: Indian deep-fried Flat Breads

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Puris are the oiliest Indian flatbreads. These deep-fried flatbreads can be eaten as a snack or even for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and are amazingly tasty!
4.8 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Water as needed
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 250 ml Oil For deep frying the Puris

Optional

  • 1 tsp Kala Til Black Sesame
  • 1 tsp Ajwain Ova or Carom Seeds

Instructions
 

  • Roll the wheat flour, salt, oil and water into a stiff dough.
  • Make 8 to 12 portions of the dough.
  • Roll the balls into 7-inch or 8-inch flat circles.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut each flatbread into 4 to 6 triangles and leave aside.
  • Now heat the oil in a deep pan.
  • Fry the puris while stirring occasionally.
  • Set the puris on a kitchen towel to drain the excess oil.
  • Store the puris in a Tupperware or thermal container or roti casserole till you serve.

Notes

  • You can add Til or Ajwain for added flavor.
  • To save time, roll the dough into a big circle and cut into triangles.
  • For a sweeter puri that appeals to young ones, try this beetroot puri recipe.
Pinterest image of puris and raw ingredients.
Pinterest image of triangular Indian flatbreads called puris.

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