Friday, May 13, 2016

Poori and aloo baji

Don't you just want to climb and conquer that golden mountain accompanied by the gooey yellowy simple breakfast/dinner dish.

I feel pooris have lost their glory what with all the health fads against fried items. A simple easy to make dish at home such as this one ,should be revered. There is history, culture, family and memories associated with such foods [the history part was a bit of an exaggeration though ;)]. Same story for the potato - starch,carbohydrate, fat----phew; it is just food people. Enjoy and eat it. Pooris and aloo bhajis are a zillion times healthier compared to corn flakes, oats and muffins and all those boxed and packaged stuff available in the supermarkets today.


1. Whole wheat flour (atta) - 2 cups
2. Semolina (rava) - 1 tsp
3. Salt
4. Water to Knead
5. Oil to fry

Knead the dough with the above ingredients. One point to be taken care of is that the dough should be firmer than chapathi dough and that the pooris should be made immediately once the dough is prepared. The oil should be hot and keep ladling oil onto the poori dough in the oil - this will ensure that the pooris will puff up.

Aloo (potato) bhaji
1. Potatoes - 2 big
2. Onion - 1/4 of onion or 4 small onions
3. Green chilli - 2
4. Ginger - 1/2 tsp
5. Garlic - 1/2 tsp
6. Tomato - 2 tbsp (chopped)
7. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
8. Coconut oil - 3 tbsp
9. Urad dal -1/2 tsp (optional)
10. Curry leaveas - optional
11. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
12. Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
13. Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
14. Garam masala  - 3/4 tsp
15. Salt - as required

Boil the potatoes, de skin them and keep aside.

Add mustard seeds into hot coconut oil. Once it splutters add the onion, green chilli, ginger, and garlic. Saute till the onion turns translucent. Now add the tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes are mushy and oil starts to separate. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and garam masala powder. Stir well. Now mash the potatoes and add to the above. Mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves(optional) and serve.

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