Sunday, July 29, 2012

Methi Poori/Menthya Soppu Poori

Poori is a deep fried Indian bread made with wheat flour or plain flour/maida.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: Around 30 mins to fry all the pooris.



Ingredients: (Makes around 20-25 pooris).
For the dough:

  • Wheat flour/atta/godi hittu: 1 cup
  • AP flour/maida: 1 cup
  • Methi leaves/Fenugreek leaves/menthya soppu: 3 cubes (I used frozen. 3 cubes is around a cup of fresh methi leaves).
  • Salt: Around 1 tsp
  • Water: 0.75 cups, a little more or less.
  • Ajwain/Carom seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Hot oil: 1 tbsp
  • Yogurt/Curd: 1 tbsp


For deep frying the pooris:

  • Around 250 ml of cooking oil.


Method:
For the dough:
Sieve the wheat flour & maida seperately.
Add the sieved wheat flour, AP flour & salt to a big mixing bowl. Mix the flours well. Make a pit at the center of the flour.
Pour in the hot oil & mix well until the flours form little crumbs.
Now, add in the methi leaves, salt, ajwain, yogurt & mix well. Slowly add water & make a smooth yet stiff dough.
Let it rest for 30 mins.
Make grape sized balls from the dough.
Dust the dough balls & roll the dough balls using a rolling pin. Make around 5 inch circles of medium thickness. 
Heat the oil in a broad pan. When the oil is hot enough, slide the rolled circles in the oil. 
Deep fry them on both the sides until golden. The poori will puff up.
Remove the fried poori in a slotted spoon. Drain it on a paper napkin. 
Repeat the same with the remaining dough. 
Serve it hot with a side dish of your choice. 



Notes: 

  • All purpose flour could be replaced with wheat flour.
  • To check whether the oil is hot enough, take an apple-seed sized dough & slide it in the hot oil. If the dough immediately rises up in the oil, understand that the oil is hot enough to deep fry the pooris. 
Here are some side dishes that go well with poori.