Plain puri is a popular food item in India which can be served with various side dishes like vegetable curries, chutneys, pickle etc.
Plain puri also called 'fried bread' is a popular food item in India. It is such a dish that it can be enjoyed at all meal times by all age groups equally. It is easy to prepare and good to taste. It is made almost the same way as a roti, but deep fried instead of being cooked on a griddle. Plain puri is usually round in shape with a soft texture. The most important part about this puri is it can be stored for a couple of hours.
Ingredients of Plain Puri
Four cups of whole-wheat flour
One-fourth teaspoon of salt
Two cups of water
Oil for deep-frying
Salt to taste
Method of Preparing Plain Puri
Put the flour and salt in a shallow bowl. Mix it well and then pour water, about one fourth cup at a time.
Knead the whole-wheat flour and water after adding water each time. The dough will be stiff and smooth and such that it will not stick to the hands. Cover and keep it for half an hour.
Heat oil for frying and break off a small handful of dough about one half to two inch ball.
Spread out the dough and make it in the shape of a circle. Repeat this method for the entire dough.
Deep fry each puri separately until it is golden brown and fully puffed.
Turn both the sides and fry to make a perfect puri.
Remove them from oil and place on a blotting paper to drain the excess oil.
Plain Puri is generally prepared at home but can also be eaten at various restaurants, hotels or road side food stalls. It can be relished with varied side dishes like vegetable curries, chutneys, and pickle to name a few. Since it is a light food item, many prefer to have it while travelling. Plain puri also gains popularity during festivals like Diwali, Rakhi, etc.
Caution about Plain Puri
Despite being so popular, plain puri can also have side effects if it is consumed more than required as it is an oily preparation. Thus, it should be avoided by the people who have cholesterol, diabetes and heart diseases.