The word Puri (pronounced as poo-ri) is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Purika’ from ‘pura’ means ‘filled’. This is made by frying a flat bread(eg – roti) which becomes fluffy and is eaten as a breakfast accompanied by a veggie dish or a lentil dish. One of the common veggie side is “Veggie Saag” – a medley of vegetables cooked in a green base that is made of coconut,cilantro and spices. 

Ingredients for Puri dough (bread)

  • Whole wheat flour- 4 cups+ extra flour to coat for rolling
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Milk – 1/2 cup ( to make the puris soft)
  • Water – about 1 cup ( add water gradually and knead it to a ball)
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp

Ingredients for the Saag (Veggies)

To blend:

  • Cilantro – 1/2 bunch
  • Mint – 1/2 bunch
  • Coconut – 1/2 cup (freshly grated or frozen)
  • Cashews – 1 cup (half cup in the blender and the other half when sauteing the vegis)
  • Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chilies- 2 or 3 according to the spice level
  • Ginger – 1/2 an inch
  • Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Onion – 1/4 – 1/2 sliced thinly with the rest 1/2 to be used along with other veggies

Other:

  • Vegetables- thinly sliced beans,carrots, onions, cauliflower,potato, edamame and peas. (you can get creative here..)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Jaggery – 1 tsp

For crackling:

  • Oil- 3 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Cumin- 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Red chili – 2
  • Curry leaves – a handful
  • Asafoetida – a pinch

Process for making the dough & the puri:

Knead the ingredients for puri dough and set aside for a few hours untill you are ready to make them

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When ready to make the puris, divide the dough into equal portions roughly the size of a golf-ball

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Lightly coat the dough balls with the same whole wheat flour used for making the dough. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a small tortilla like shape.

Process for making Veggie Saag:

Blend together the ingredients listed above (“To blend”) and set aside

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In a pan or a wok, heat the oil and the ingredients in the