Banana Puri

Puris are deep-fried bread made usually from whole wheat flour. I don’t often deep fry food as it is not the most healthy option and hence I had never made puris ever before. However, sometimes it is fun to make something different and enjoy it as a treat to yourself. As I was browsing through one of my cookbooks, I came across this recipe. I found out that this is very similar to Mangalore (a city in the Karnataka state of india) buns that are made from plain flour and a local variety of banana. I took inspiration from Mangalore buns and my cookbook to come up with a sweet and savoury tea-time snack option that turned out so delicious.

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Total cook time: 45 minutes (2-3 hours rest time)

Servings: 8 puris

Ingredients

  • 100 gms whole wheat flour
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1 tbsp thick yogurt
  • 2 tsp brown sugar (or white sugar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of mild chilli powder
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • Oil to deep fry + coat the dough

Method

  1. In a bowl, mash the banana.
  2. Add the yogurt, turmeric powder, mild chilli powder, baking soda, cumin seeds, salt and sugar to the mashed banana and mix to form a thick paste.
  3. Next, add the flour and knead to form a dough.

4. Coat the dough with oil and cover it. Leave it to rest in a warm place for 2-3 hours.

5. After resting, divide the dough into 8 portions.

6. Heat oil in a deep pan. The oil level should be about 4-5 inches from the deepest part of the pan. You can test if the oil is hot enough by adding a pinch of the dough in it. It should sink and rise up within a few seconds.

7. Dust some flour on one portion of the dough.

8. Roll to a flattened dough about 4-5 inches in diameter.

9. Place it in the hot oil. It should sink in and puff up as it rises back to the surface. Cook on either side for about 20-30 seconds until it turns a dark brown colour.

10. Flip it over and cook on the other side.

11. Repeat the process until all the puris are fried.

12. Serve hot and enjoy on its own or with your chai or coffee.

Hope you enjoy this!

Payal

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