Saturday, June 30, 2007

A student's guide to making poories.

Poories or Puris are a common indian food item missed by many students and bachelors away from India.

Especially on days like this..

So, here's an "Idiot's guide to making Poories"

1) The ingredients.
- Atta (Whole wheat flour)
- Salt
- Oil (not shown in photo)

2) Add a reasonable amount of water to the atta in the black vessel.

3) Knead the dough. For more information read this, this and this. After the kneading, you should have something like the picture below. This is the most important step that you have to get right, so take great care and effort.

4) Make small spheres of dough and place them on a clean surface on which you can roll them. Also put some atta on the surface so that when you are rolling, it does not stick to the surface.

5) Take one of the spheres and start rolling.

6) To save some time, keep a reasonable amount of oil in a small frying pan on the stove. Switch on the stove.

7) Roll all the spheres into flat vaguely round shapes. Note that as students, we are not concerned about asthetics. As long as they taste like poories, we are happy.

8) Take one of the flat vaguely round shaped things and slide it into the frying pan with hot oil. Make sure that the oil is hot enough. This can be done by putting a small amount of atta and seeing if they fry. Also be careful not to splatter the hot oil. IT BURNS.

9) After a few seconds, the poori should be as shown below. This is a good time to turn it over. Please use a spatula or something similar to do this.

10) Turn over once again and it should look like this. It is time to remove it from the frying pan. Put it in a plate. Repeat above steps 8-10 for all the vaguely round things.

11) It is the time we have been waiting for.. the time to eat.

12) Serve with hot aloo channa or similar.

13) Do remember to clean your kitchen and leave it in a usable state.

14) Enjoy the poories in front of your TV or window.. or both.