Monday, March 7, 2011

Methi Poori and Potato Masala...a Classic Combo!!

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Poori is really a big fare at home as I make it very rare might be once in 3-4 months.So,when I make it we enjoy it to the fullest extent with out bothering about those extra calories.Poori is again a very versatile Indian bread which is paired with various curries all over the country.In Andhra,Poori is served with this famous potato masala or potato palya which is a dry version and where as in Karnataka,poori is served with vegetable saagu(which I have blogged before)and in most of the other regions it is served with chole,potato curry or kurma or tomato or aloo rasa.I personally like poori with any of the curries I mentioned above but this combination is really special at home for two reasons.During my college days my hostel friends used to get this combination atleast once a week for their lunch boxes and this is the only item which used to tempt me to exchange the home made food to the hostel food and the other reason is this is my hubby's favorite combo as his taste buds are pampered with this combo from childhood.This combination would really a great treat for kids as well as the potato masala is made with less spices but very flavorful which suits the taste buds of all kind of people and especially kids.

Generally pooris are made with wheat flour,but I like my pooris soft and chewy at the same time and should be good for lunch box.So I generally add few handfuls of maida along with wheat flour which not
only gives a wonderful bright color to poori instead of brown but also makes poori soft and chewy.I generally do various versions of poori like simple regular poori,methi poori,spinach poori,tomato poori,beetroot or carrot poori,haldi ajwain waali poori,masala poori and some stuffed versions of poori which are equally delicious.

Methi Poori:

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1+1/2 handful all purpose flour
1 cup methi leaves
1/2 tsp ajwain
1 tbsp curds
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
Method:
  • Carefully remove the methi leaves from the stems,take care not to retain any of the stems,otherwise poori might not fluff up.Wash the leaves and finely chop them and mix in salt and turmeric powder and leave it aside for 5 mins.Squeeze out the extra water from it.
  • Sieve wheat flour and all purpose flour and mix well.
  • Add chopped methi leaves,curds,ajwain,salt and oil to it and mix well.Pour milk and water in middle and mix the dough using three fingers(or prepare normally) and knead well until you get a smooth stiff and pliable dough.The dough should be little stiffer than roti dough.Grease oil all over the dough and leave it aside for half an hour.
  • When you are ready to make pooris,heat the oil in a thick bottomed frying pan over low flame.
  • Make small rounds out of it and flatten it into small poori's applying oil or flour.Roll it carefully taking care to avoid the folds forming while making pooris.
  • Deep fry in medium hot oil until it puff's up.Try to slightly press the pooris with handle after it is dropped in the oil which helps in puffing up completely.
Serve hot with potato masala or curry of your choice.

Potato Masala:
Ingredients:
3 big potatoes
1 big onion,roughly sliced
4-5 green chillies,slit and chopped
a sprig of curry leaves
1 tbsp chopped coriander
1 tbsp besan/chickpeas flour
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of hing
juice of half lemon
2 tsp oil
salt to taste
Method:
  • Pressure cook potatoes for 3 whistles until soft.Peel the skin and mash it roughly with fork or hands,do not mash it completely it should be chunky.
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds.Add chana dal and urad dal and fry until the dals turn slight brown.
  • Add curry leaves,green chillies and hing and fry well.
  • Add the chopped onions and fry until the onions are translucent and add slightly mashed potatoes and stir well.
  • Mean while in a small bowl mix besan with one cup of water and whisk well to get a uniform mixture with out any lumps.
  • Add turmeric powder and enough salt to it and mix well.
  • Add the besan mixture and cover it and cook for 4-5 mins over low flame until the rawness from besan mixture disappears.
  • Add more water if you want your gravy bit thin,add water and boil according to the desired consistency.
  • Add lemon juice and chopped coriander and give a nice stir and remove it from stove immediately.
Serve it hot with poori/chapathy.

Note:
  1. For variation you can add fresh or frozen green peas to the curry.
  2. You can add tomato along with onions which makes the curry taste bit different.
  3. You can avoid lemon juice in the above curry.

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66 comments:

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Perfect Pooris.. love them with usual masala both looks tempting..

Priti said...

Classis combo ..indeed...what a yummy spread..I made that potato masala yday, but I never added besan n lemon..will try next time

Priya said...

Mouthwatering here, fluffy pooris and potato masala,omg am just drooling here..

jeyashrisuresh said...

love the bright colour of methi in poori.For my kid i have send some dish made with methi leaves this week.He is a great fan of poori,will make this for sure.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Sure a classic combo...looks very tempting. Pooris make me crave for some now :)

Kurinji said...

Tempting poori....

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LG said...

Poori sogasagi kanisthaide Prathibha. Spinach haakthini naanu, methi and tomato(from Jeyashris blog) eradu hakilla nodu. Potato masala I make for rava idli, ya with a little variation. Dashing combo indeed.

notyet100 said...

drooling ,..;-)

sowmya's creative saga said...

they have puffed up so beautifully..yumm..

Madhavi said...

Super yummm combo..Poori looks greattt!!

rekhas kitchen said...

Puri is always a favorite looks so tempting dear.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Prathy,
Ever since we have shifted in bangalore there is a particular small stall near my house which makes hot puris and a very simple yet delicious potato gravy. And believe me I have tried so many times to bring out the same taste of aloo gravy but without any success. But looking at your bowl of gravy (which looks exactly the same) I should try this soon.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy poori..superb combo

? said...

Pooris look perfect Pratibha!

An Open Book said...

that looks like an amazing meal

Ramya said...

Pooris cant get any better than this...Perfect , I must say:-)
This is too tempting...:-)

Sushma Mallya said...

They do look divine and perfect!

aipi said...

Ahh..a classic combo indeed...am drooling all over it :))
The pooris look super perfect!!


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Jaleela said...

yummy breakfast , very perfect

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

So tempting nice combination with methi !!

divya said...

What an amazing click, looks beautiful and yum!

Akila said...

wow, what a lovely n beautiful poori.... love it dear...

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
poori looks gr8...
delicious combo
Lovely clicks :)

Tina said...

perfect crispy pooris dear....gr8 comb with potato...

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks perfect, strong enough to break all diet resolutions. Superb.

Sarah Naveen said...

A classic combo indeed..looks so delicious n yumm!!

Rachu said...

I just fell in love with those methi pooris.. its so flaky and crispy and looks so pretty..
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Hema Mahen said...

Looks delicious and lovely combo, one on my fav sine childhood, your pics are making me feel hungry...

Harika's Kitchen said...

Wow u r pics are making my mouth watering. Perfect puris nice combo should try them.

Priya's Feast said...

I am hungry after these pics came to my screen...Awesome click

Sujatha said...

Methi Puri is new to me! great clicks and a great combo!

Smitha said...

the pooris look awesome and healthy too...perfect potato curry to go with the pooris!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Suja Sugathan said...

Tempting poori and potato masala...delicious breakfast.

savitha ramesh said...

Very innovative methi poori...aloo masala is very tasty.

swapna said...

Simply superb combo....looks delicious!!

Mitu said...

My hubby just loves the poori and only when its fluffy like above.

So this Sunday I know what to make for Breakfast :)

-Mitu
http://mitu-kitchen-delights.blogspot.com/

Pavithra said...

This is sure a killer combo..looks absolutely good and seriously tempting me.

Satrupa said...

Awesome Combo ...... luv the pooris. Simply Perfect !!

Now Serving said...

I just finished dinner and yet my mouth is watering at the sight of these yummy pooris and bhajji !!! SUPERB pics, meant to make one salivate!

Nikki said...

I'm so eyeing at these pooris and sabji..the poories have nicely puffed up.i always fail in making poories so have left trying them,,but now after seeing urs I think I will give it a try..
cheers and happy cooking,
nikki
Titilating-tastebuds.blogspot.com

KavyaNaimish said...

Perfectly Puffed Pooris....and poori with potato curry is truly a classic combo...

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

Perfect poori and a classic combo.. yum :)

Edible Art said...

THESE LOOK SO PERFECT !
i just randomly dropped by your blog, and already im going to book mark this!

gorgeous pictures! & food, looooove it (:

suma said...

Oh my! What a spread for me to come across at lunch time! Looks super delish Prabtibha, reminds me I have to make these sometime very soon!

sukanya said...

omg so perfect fluffy methi poori and potato curry, its so tempting, lovely clicks
happy to follow you

Kitchen Flavours said...

It's been pretty long time since i made poori's...the pics r tempting me...love flavoured poori's more than plain ones...that potato curry is yum...

Chitra said...

New to me.. Looks mouthwatering. I'll try for my hubby :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

It never struck to me that we can make methi poori,love it and yours look way too tempting,puffed up nicely! Will sure try out!

Laavanya said...

Such a favorite - i love the tiny specks of green on the puris

Suman Singh said...

Perfect pooris and classic combo indeed..that food platter makes me hungry..looks fabulous!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

The golden color of your pooris is so very mind-blowing... Lovely table setting..Want to invite myself to your place... This reminds me I havent had pooris in a very loooonnng time.. Gonna make this weekend...

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Pushpa said...

Classic combo pooris look fluffy and delicious.

Nandini said...

Truly classic...Good for a lazy Sunday.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I am absolutely drooling over your golden pooris, they are beyond amazing, love the color and those nice green methi leaves popping from the skin.

sanjeeta kk said...

Can dig into the pale of pooris and potato curry any time of the day :)

M D said...

These Pooris looking very yummy and make me crave for some now :) Looking great!

Cham said...

Pooris with green is simply gorgeous. This one is a popular combo!

Preety said...

classic and my fav too..your pooris are looking amazingly soft

kanthi said...

Beautiful combo..love it..

Shanthi said...

Perfect looking and a wonderful combo
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SumZ said...

OMG.. this looks super yummy!

Priyanka Agrawal said...

wht a fluffy puri!! are u good or r u good!!

Sharmi said...

wanted to comment on the yum looking rice but the pooris caught my eyes:) how did they stay puffy:) till you click!! very nice pics!

Suma Gandlur said...

Oh! I want to just poke those!

Anonymous said...

Hey prathy,

Tried this out too... and my hubby just couldnt stop raving about the taste... he and my kid hate leafy veggies but wolfed down the puris !! even my in laws who dont love potatoes finished the entire dish ! Such a huge compliment thanks to you. We even had to knead a fresh batch of dough since the one i made got over so fast !! Thank you !

Anju

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