Wednesday, May 09, 2007

P is for PALAK PURI

Here I am .. in time this time too ! for 'P' of Indian Veges @ Nupur's One Hot Stove !!

Every once in a while I go and pig out on oily stuff! Oh Stuff those 'too much fat' 'too many calories' talk.. The bounce off me easily!!

I like to keep in shape.. the nice round shape I am in!

So to treat myself I made puri! with a slight change.. I made Palak Puri! Happily enough I had just this half bunch of spinach in the fridge... fat lot of good that was for making Alu Palak.... wouldn't feed a chicken.. but then... do chicken feed on palak!!??!! hmm...

Anyway... so Palak Puri it was!!

This deep fried goody holds a special place in every body's heart (or so I imagine). We always had Puri on a festival day (Ganesh Utsav, Diwali or when we had guests over for dinner) which was eaten with plain potato vegetable (maybe I'll post this later!!) or with a sweet, like Basundi.. heavenly!!

Or Mum would make masala puri when I had my school picnic, which was an instant hit and the first item to be cleaned up!

For the Puri, I basically used approximates.
~2cups Wheat Flour (Atta)
1/2 bunch of Palak / Spinach
2 tsp Farina/ rava / Sooji
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
4-5 sprigs Cilantro
1/2 Serrano Chilly (just to give it a hint of heat)
Water to bind to a dough

Blanch the Spinach and Drain the excess water
Grind spinach, chilly, cilantro to a paste
Mix the paste in the Flour, add the Farina, Salt (the farina makes them crisp)
Bind to a dough (should be stiffer than the normal Roti Dough)

Cover and keep aside for 15 mins
In the meantime, heat oil in a kadhai/ wok
Take small marble size and roll it to a puri
Deep fry in oil.

I served the puri with Alu subzi, and Beet Raita (canned beet (1 tin), chopped into cubes and mixed with plain yogurt, salt and 1/2 tsp of MDH~Raita Mix)

The puris taste great as they are, without any accompaniment, so personally i enjoyed them with Raita and as they are.
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20 comments:

  1. hey manasi
    loved your blog n ofcourse yr style of writing...plak puris look so tempting..wish i cud just pick them straight from the screen n stuff them in my mouth
    am a konkani married to a marathi guy so,loved going thru the authentic marathi recipes...pl keep up the good work
    anita

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  2. i love pooris period :) those fluffy pooris are yum to look at.

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  3. They look so tempting! I too associate Palak puris with school picnics, and with journeys to different places. I have not eaten them in years :) need to make some!

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  4. WAH!!!!! Yummy stuff!!!!!

    I like to be in shape..... Round!!! Hahahahaha that was a good one!! :)

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  5. gosh you're funny :)

    Palak Puri is a nice treat, I would like this as is too...can I come over for some tea and Puris??

    trupti

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  6. The fluffy puris look so good! :)
    evn I had the same tiffin for picnics.. puri and batata bhaji :) good old memories!!

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  7. Oh Manasi,looks fabulous,I will try these.Guess what I cooked for "P"? Pudina Pooris!!;D

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  8. great puris ...Any time of the year..I love them ...palak puri ...Can i have the 2 in the plates ...Yummy

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  9. HiAnita,Thank U so Much!!! The puri's are a nice variation and a gr8 snack!!

    Reena.. U said it GaL!!

    Hi Nupur! Yes Picnics and puris = Memories!

    Hi Coffee! hehehe! can't do much abt the shape.. I seem to put on even if I breathe, so hey, let me not compromise on good food!!

    Hi Asha, Saw ur Pudina Puris! Look WOW!!

    Hi Deepa,Be my guest, grab 'em.. more on the way!! :D

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  10. Look at the brighter side of the poories girl! Spinach is healthy in any form. Yum yum. Love them anytime.

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  11. I love the puri my sister makes, she's an excellent cook and makes amazing Indian food. *sigh*
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. Yummmyyyyyyyyyy..Delicious..
    Don't worry about the round shape..The job will make u thin..

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  13. I love palak puris, though I don't make them often due to the oily reason...now, now, I hope I don't get told off for mentioning that...

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  14. Hi Hema.. you are sooooooooo right, spinach is healthy ;) !
    Hi Sunita.. told off! Good God Girl!! I understand how u feel, I keep off them too, but there is that ocassional slip!!;)

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  16. never tried palak puris before...how interesting...thanks for sharing dear friend...

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  17. ha ha ha...even i am in shape, round shape;) LOL...laughing like crazy sitting here in my office and all r staring at me;) who cares;)
    same here, add palak to chapati or poori when i realise half the bunch is rotten and have to do something with leftovers so that i dont feel very guilty of not using them;) beet raits looks fab. never heard of raita mix though. got to search that one:) thanks manasi:)

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  18. Hi Manasi,

    I really liked your blog about Pav Bhaji. I am crazy about pav bhaji.
    I would like to connect with you. Please email me at bhatia.sneha@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

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  19. Mansi, this Lila from Mubai has stolen your Palak poori photo and she has stolen my Pudina poori as well, check this out.

    http://www.khanakhazana.com/recipes/k_user.aspx?uid=71901&name=leela

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  20. Thanks Asha, I am signing up on that site and leaving a comment for our posts. Ooooh, makes me so mad!

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