Poori (Deep-fried and Puffed Wheat Bread)

Poori - Indian Curry ShackDon’t we all like to have those cheat meals once in a while… 😉 Being an ardent foodie, my happiness quotient is at the highest level when I have those… Haha! Poori is a variety of Indian deep-fried and puffed bread made with whole wheat flour. It goes fantastically with veg and non-veg curries. I love it with ghugni (black chickpeas/kala chana curry) or kadhai chicken. A lot of people also relish it with bhaji (mixed veg preparation).

Here’s the recipe for you guys;

Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cooking Time 10-15 minutes
Makes 16 Pooris
Main Ingredients Aata (Whole Wheat Flour)
Course Main-course
Level Of Cooking Medium


  • Whole Wheat Flour (Aata)  2 1/2 cups (for dough)
  • Refined Cooking Oil  Sufficient for deep frying + 1 tablespoon for the dough + 2 tablespoons for greasing your hands and the rolling surface while rolling the pooris
  • Carom Seeds (Ajwain)  1 teaspoon
  • Salt  1/2 teaspoon
  • Water  For dough


   Poori wheat flour - Indian Curry Shack Poori dough - Indian Curry ShackStep 1
To make the dough – Take Whole Wheat Flour (Aata) in a deep bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, carom seeds (ajwain) and 1 tablespoon refined cooking oil. Add water little by little and knead into a semi-soft dough. Let the dough rest covered with a thin cloth or a lid for about an hour.

Step 2
Grease your hands with some cooking oil and divide the dough into 16 equal parts and give each part a round (ball-like) shape.Poori preparation - Indian Curry Shack Take one dough ball, flatten it by pressing it between your palms and coat it with some cooking oil (oil coating will prevent it from sticking to rolling pin or kitchen platform). Roll each ball to a small roti using the rolling pin or the poori flattening equipment that I used (as shown in the photo). If you’re using this equipment then grease both the inner sides with some cooking oil to avoid the sticking of the pooris and then press the dough ball from top followed by the handle.

Poori being deep-fried - Indian Curry ShackPoori ready - Indian Curry ShackStep 3
While you are rolling the pooris, start heating a kadhai (pan) with sufficient cooking oil for deep-frying. When the oil is hot enough (it will start bubbling from the sides) then carefully put the pooris in it one at a time (depending upon the size of your pan you can put 1 or 2 pooris and fry them simultaneously from both sides). Once puffed or golden then you can transfer the pooris to a plate with tissue paper which will soak the excess oil. Keep the flame on high to medium while frying.

Step 4
Transfer the pooris to a plate and relish with veg and non-veg curries or with ghugni (black chickpeas curry) or kadhai chicken like I do or with bhaji (mixed veg preparation) or simply roll and enjoy with hot tea on the side.Poori - ICS

Relish your Palate!

(PS: Make extra dough and refrigerate the remaining. Make pooris at your convenience. Just place the dough out from the refrigerator 15-20 mins before cooking. The dough can be fresh for 2-3 days easily in the refrigerator.)

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