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Puri Bread Wheat flour

Puri is a type of bread eaten in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and other south asian countries. It is a made of wheat flour, water, salt and sometimes ajvain. The bread is made into small round discs and deep fried in oil.

Puri is unique among Indian breads as it is puffed up like a ball when served. Puris are served directly from the pan as they might flatten after some time. The puris puff up due to the steam that collects between two layers of the bread. It is usually poked with a finger to release the steam and then eaten with a variety of dishes such as halwa(a sweet fudge like dish), curries or potato based dishes. A piece of puri is broken off and is used to collect the side dish and eaten.

Puris come in various shapes and sizes. A regular puri is made of wheat flour and is about 10 to 12 cms in diameter. A type of puri called bhatura, is much bigger. It is usually eaten with chole, a spicy gram curry. Another version of puri called luchi is very popular in west bengal and orissa.

The method of making puri is quite simple. Just like roti, a dough of wheat flour mixed with water is made. Salt and ajvain may be added for flavor. Pieces of dough are broken off and made into discs od 10 cms. These are then immediately moved to hot oil or ghee. As soon that the puris are introduced in the oil, they puff up. Fry them till they are golden brown and serve immidiately.

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Dal moth is a spicy and crispy snack made from gram flour, asafoetida, turmeric powder, chili powder, moong, sugar, amchur, oil and salt. Its delicious and is popular as an anytime snack or serves as a very good tea snack. [See Recipe]

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