June 12, 2011

Amma's Recipes: Poori Bhaji [Poori Koora]

"Poori-Bhaji" (Poori-Koora, as we call in Telugu) is like a comfort food at its best since I was a child. There are zillion versions of the same potato bhaji served as an accompaniment for the crispy, deep-fried pooris. Some make it as an  aloo-matar combination or a dry potato bhaji version and some make it out of  memories during their train journeys. Whichever way you choose to go, you will reach one place i.e *Yummyville*. :-).

Today, I am sharing my mom's version of it. It is not spicy but mild with much less oil, which works best with its deep-fried counter-part. and this time, I pestered my mom that I would take step-by-step photos, this time around. Though she was all shoo-ing me away in the beginning, after couple of mins, she had to give in as I was adamant on capturing every action of hers. Of course my sister had call me one crazy-lady to shoot so many pictures and ultimately delaying our leisure Sunday breakfast. (you see, she is still mad ay me that I didn't put up the picture where she modeled for me holding a mysore bajji. ;-))..

Now, lets just dive in as we have a delicious photo-journey of poori-bhaji ahead of us...

The Ensemble

The Making of Poori

Step 1: Heat oil in a wide pan, preferably not a non-stick pan as research says at high temperatures they release unwanted and sometimes poisonous substances, which we really don't want in our food. Isn't it.

To test if it is ready, make a very tiny poori out of the dough and drop it. it should fluff up and rise to the top.

Step 2: Knead about 2 cups of wheat flour with little salt, 1 tbsp of oil and enough water (not more than a cup). Mix just like a chapati dough. Make lemon-sized balls out of the dough.

Step 3: Immediately roll into small pooris. Don't stack them, spread them on a paper or a plate, so that they are easy to remove while frying.

Step 4: Slide one-poori-at-a-time into hot (not smoking) oil and it almost instantly rises up. For puffy pooris, the trick is to press down slightly.

Step 5: Turn on the other side. Let it become slightly golden brown.

Step 6: Drain all excess oil and drop them onto a paper towel. Serve immediately to enjoy them at their best taste.

..moving on to the potato bhaji...

The Making of Bhaji

Step 1: Cut 3-4 potatoes into quarters and pour water until they are completely dipped in water. Pressure cook until 3 whistles.

Step 2: Remove skin and keep aside.

Step 3: Heat a 1 tsp of oil in a pan and add 1 tsp of each - urad dal, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once they start to splutter, add 1/2 tsp of ginger-garlic paste, 3-4 green chillies, few curry leaves and 1 finely chopped onion pieces. Saute until translucent. Season with turmeric and salt.

Note: My mom doesn't use red chilli powder in her recipe. It is only the green chillies. You can adjust the spice levels according to your taste.

Step 4: Lightly mash the boiled potatoes and add it to the onion mixture.

Step 5: Add about 1 cup of water and adjust salt if necessary. Mix well.

Step 6: Cook on low-medium heat for 6-7 mins until everything comes together.

Finally turn off the heat and add lemon juice if desired.

Note: Make the bhaji first and then start making the pooris. that ways, you enjoy them almost immediately..

The poori and bhaji is ready to enjoy!..

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  1. I just love this...I dont say this is my comfort food as I rarely make it but all I can say this would be a treat treat to me..:)looks yummy yummy

  2. super yum combo ! our family fav, this looks good

  3. Delicious! Lovely pictorial. My daughters fav, its been long since I made this combo.I am going to make it soon for her.

  4. Just got reminded of my Mom. Nothing tastes as good as Ma ki hath banaya uha poori bhaji

  5. Siri, your post has made me very hungry gal. Looks very delicious.

  6. Your pooris bhaji is perfect - everyone does have their own sinful version don;t they!

  7. Apt and unbeatable combo...craving for some pooris right now


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