Poori is a crispy, golden deep-fried Indian bread that can be served with any dish, whether vegetarian or not, and your favorite pickle. The perfect poori is pale golden in color and puffed up almost like a ball. They're best eaten the day they are made.
You can make poori with ingredients easily found in a typical grocery store, and you may already have them in your pantry. For authentic flavor, use ghee as your fat for adding to the dough and for frying. Poori is often paired with potato masala but is also delicious with any Indian-style dishes with a delicious gravy or sauce. Try pairing your homemade poori with masala dal or a fragrant curry.
Gather the ingredients.
Place the whole wheat flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Add salt to taste, about one healthy pinch.
Add water, a little at a time, and mix the flour until a dough is formed. Adding less or more water may be necessary depending on the humidity in the air the day you are baking. Go slowly with the water and add it only as needed as you go along. The dough should be soft.
The real secret of soft pooris lies in the kneading. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead until the dough is smooth and medium soft in consistency, taking care not to over-knead.
Add 2 tablespoons of oil or ghee to the dough and continue to kneed until the fat is incorporated and dough is silky in texture.
Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Remove from the refrigerator and divide the dough into golf ball-sized portions. Roll these portions into balls between your hands till they are smooth and without cracks.
Lightly flour a rolling board or clean counter surface and roll each ball into a 5-inch circle (4-5 mm thick). For convenience, roll out as many pooris as you like and stack them with plastic wrap in between each.
Heat a shallow amount of oil or ghee in a thick-bottomed, high-sided pan on medium heat. Once hot, fry the pooris one at a time, pressing gently on each side with a slotted spoon. This will help the poori to puff up. Fry on the first side until golden then turn over and fry the same way on the other side.
Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining pooris and serve immediately.
Why Do Pooris Become Hard?
If the dough is not soft and it's too dry, poori can become hard. They can also become hard if fried for too long and at a lower temperature. Sometimes, if they are rolled out too thinly before frying that can also negatively impact the texture.
Instead of water, you can use yogurt or milk. These substitutions make poori that are soft.
How to Store Poori
These are best if they are consumed the same day they are made, but if you want to store them while they're still warm, it's best to do so in an insulated container. They will become chewy if you store them before they cool completely. You can reheat them in a low oven (300 F) for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Once cool, you can stack them in between paper towels and then wrapped in foil to store for a couple of days. You can also freeze them this