Poori/Puri is a crispy golden deep fried puffed Indian bread, which is a national favorite among India’s many bountiful breakfast options. Bhaji is India’s version of mashed potatoes with surplus spices added to it.Yes, you read it right, it is served as breakfast in Indian households. The more guilty ones could shift it to the brunch menu, it still works wonders.
It seemed like my taste buds have lost all their sensations, eating cereal, toast & fruit for breakfast every morning.The ads & the magazines said “Love your inner child” so decided to go with the flow today ,making Poori’s for breakfast. I realized that this is cooked so infrequently in this seemingly health conscious age yet ,some of us might have deprived ourselves for too long….for those of us wanting to join the guilt free wagon, get on board & work off the guilt by going for a longer walk in the evening.
Poori/Puri is made with all purpose flour(maida) or wheat flour or a mix of both.It is kneaded into a tough thick dough, with luke warm milk( to make them softer).Nothing tones your arm muscles as good as the kneading does and what’s more its a good way to vent the energy build up inside( yes, a softer way of addressing frustrations) . Then roll the bread into small disc shapes and fry them in hot oil to make delicious breakfast Poori’s/Indian bread.
This is usually accompanied by a mashed potato curry called “Bhaji” which is an ultra simple yellow hued delicacy, sprinkled with fresh hot green chillies, tomatoes, a lemony bite of cilantro/coriander leaves and the smokiness of cumin seeds.
This combination of Poori Bhaji is one of the hot favorites of every Indian meal.