Spicy Stuffed Puri (Besan wali puri)


The credit for this recipe goes to Chef Harpal who comes on a TV show called Turban Tadka.  I loved the addition of fennel and carom seeds to his dough and the fact that every puri comes out nice and fluffy.

What are puris?(can also be spelt pooris):

Puris are small indian fluffy bread made from wheat flour and spices.  Sometimes other flours such as semolina or chickpea flour are added to it to make them crispy.  These are deep fried and they cook really fast if the oil temperature is right.  The heat of the oil makes the puris swell up and would remain looking good if they don’t get accidentally broken.  These are eaten as part of the Indian meal or even as  breakfast .  My mum always made puris when we got unexpected guests as they are tasty as well as quick to make. This is the first time I have made puris by stuffing chick peas flour dough inside the chappati dough.  I usually make either the jeera puri  or the puris with spinach.

Ingredients for the main dough:

  • 2 cups of chappati flour (Atta)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ carom seeds
  • 2 tbls oil

Ingredients for the stuffing:

  • 1 cup of chick pea flour (besan ; gram flour)
  • ½ tsp carom seeds
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbls oil

To fry:

  • 1 litre oil for deep frying the puris.


1. Mix the ingredients for the stuffing and make a pliable dough using warm water. Chick pea flour can be sticky so use a spoon at first and then to finish off, dip your hands in some oil before handling the flour.



2. Once the dough has been made, allow it to rest for 10 -12 minutes and  then make 18 -20 small marble size balls.

P12006233. Mix all the ingredients for making the main dough and mix it with warm water to form a pliable dough ( very similar to play dough).  Allow the dough to rest for 10-15 minutes and then divide it into 18- 20 small balls. P12006244. Take the main dough ball and roll it out to a three inch diameter.   Put the stuffing ball on top of the diameter and pull the dies of the main dough to cover the small stuffing ball.  Roll this out gently to avoid the stuffing coming out of the sides. P12006285. Deep fry the puris in hot oil and serve hot with your favourite curry. P1200640

What curry would you like with your spicy stuffed puris?

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