Monday, February 10, 2014

Pani Poori

I made this with my mom-in-law when I had gone for vacation to India the year before last. It turned out pretty good :) When u have somebody to cook with you, cooking gets more interesting and fun.

I had these pics with me since then. I thought I'd make it myself coming back to Dubai, but I never got to it. So here I am posting the recipe with the old pics :)

The pooris... they turned out really good. Crispy, nice :)

For making the poori you'll need:
  • 1 cup semolina (rava or sooji)
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • warm water for mixing
  • oil
How to make:

  • Mix semolina and salt. Then add some warm water.. just enough water to make it a bit grainy...not a paste. So that wud be just 3-4 tbsp of warm water.
  • Now mix in the all purpose flour to make into a tight dough. Maida is added to absorb the moisture. If the dough is soft add a little more maida to tighten it.
  • Kneed the dough for some 5 minutes. Add a few drops of oil and kneed again.
  • Then let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • After you have let it rest for 20 minutes, roll the dough very thin to make round pooris. The thinner the better. My mom-in-law did this part, rolling it real thin. If its thin you'll get delicate crispy balls on frying and is much tastier than thick ones.
  • Use round cutter to get nice shapes... or u could use cap of bottle or anything small and round.
  • Fry them in a deep bottom vessel with hot oil.
  • Thats it. Quite easy... :)

Here is the pani.
What I did was mix the following:

  • 1.5 cup water
  • 3/4 cup of tamarind pulp (made this by soaking tamarind in water and sqeezing all the pulp out)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper powder 
  • chilli powder
Make  paste with the below ingredients and add to the pani
  • 1 or 2 green chillies
  • a few coriander leaves
  • a few mint leaves
  • Tamarind(if needed)
What you have to note here is check before adding chilli powder and pepper... add if u really need it or it'd be a bit tooo spicy to ur taste. Same thing with salt and tamarind... check taste as u mix ingredients into the pani. Add chat masala if u have.. 

For the stuffing we made some fried potato cubes, some chole and finely chopped onions. Here you can add more items like a paste of chilli+yogurt+tamarind.. or chopped tomatoes.. whatever u want! :)

Its just sooooo yummy and filling!! :)