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Puri Bhaji Recipe - A Delectable Indian Breakfast

Puri Bhaji

Ingredients:

For Puri (Deep-Fried Bread):
2 cups whole wheat flour
Water (as needed)
Oil (for deep frying)
For Bhaji (Potato Curry):
3 medium-sized potatoes (boiled and mashed)
1 medium-sized onion (finely chopped)
1-2 green chilies (finely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
8-10 curry leaves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt (to taste)
Fresh coriander leaves (for garnish)

Instructions:
Preparing Puri (Deep-Fried Bread):
Preparing the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, add the whole wheat flour and a pinch of salt. Gradually add water and knead the mixture into a smooth and stiff dough. The dough should not be too soft or sticky. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.

Dividing the Dough: After resting, divide the dough into small lemon-sized balls. Roll each ball between your palms to make it smooth.

Rolling the Puri: Take a dough ball and flatten it with your palm. Dust it with a little dry flour and start rolling it into a small circle using a rolling pin. Roll gently to maintain an even thickness.

Frying the Puri: Heat oil in a deep frying pan or kadai on medium heat. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of dough into the oil. If it rises to the surface immediately, the oil is ready. Carefully slide the rolled puri into the hot oil and press it gently with a slotted spoon. The puri will puff up. Fry until it turns golden brown on both sides. Remove the puri and place it on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat the process for the remaining dough balls.

Preparing Bhaji (Potato Curry): Sautéing Spices: In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they start to splutter, add the asafoetida and curry leaves.

Adding Onions and Chilies: Add the finely chopped onions and green chilies. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.

Seasoning: Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well to coat the onions and spices evenly.

Adding Potatoes: Add the boiled and mashed potatoes to the pan. Mix everything together to combine the flavors.

Cooking Bhaji: Cook the potato mixture on low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the salt and spices according to your taste.

Garnishing: Turn off the heat and garnish the bhaji with fresh coriander leaves.

Serving Puri Bhaji: Serve the hot and crispy puris with the delicious potato bhaji. Puri Bhaji is traditionally enjoyed with a side of pickles or yogurt for a perfect combination of flavors. It's a delightful and satisfying breakfast option that is sure to be loved by your family and friends.

Enjoy the flavorsome Puri Bhaji for a delightful start to your day!

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