What time is it? Puri Time!

Hey everyone! You guessed right, it’s PURI TIME! Today I am going to explain what exactly Puri is and how to make it! This is probably one of the simplest dishes you can make and lucky for you it takes under 15 minutes for food prep and cooking time! Can it get better than that!? Well, Yes it can! The best part is eating and devouring it of course!

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For starters many of you may not know how to pronounce the word “Puri.” The easiest way I can explain it is to type it out phonetically. So say it as it looks “Poo-Rhee”- but if you can roll your “R’s” roll that “R” on the “Rhee” part of the word.

What is it used for? When do people eat it?

Well people usually eat Puri for breakfast or as a light snack. You most usually always eat Puri with a curry of some sort. I personally eat it with chicken curry or vegetable potato curry. Some people like to even stuff the Puri with some type of meat and eat it like an enchilada or hot pocket.

What ingredients do you need?

    This is a very simple dish that needs less than 10 items to prepare and cook it.

– whole wheat flour (about 1 cup to feed around 2-4 people)

– 1/4 tsp salt (but you can add as much as you want depending on how salty you like your food)

– 1/2 cup of water- add more depending on the consistency of the flour after adding water

– oil to fry it once cooking (use olive oil if you are trying to go for the healthier option)

How do you make it?

First add the flour into a bowl. Then add in the salt and water. Don’t pour the water all in at once. Slowly add it because you need the mix to be able to be rolled into balls. If you add too much water you must add more flour to thicken the mix up. After mixing everything together the dough shouldn’t be sticky. So keep adding flour until the consistency is not sticky. Slowly take small pieces of the dough and roll them into small balls. They shouldn’t be too small or else the Puri will turn out small when you fry it. Now roll the balls into flat circles but make sure its about an inch to 2 inches thick. As you are rolling the dough, heat up the oil.

Disclaimer: Do not make the oil too hot because it can burn you if it splashes back!  The oil should not be smoking before you put the Puri in. 

Once your dough is flattened you can now bring to the frying pan with the oil. The pan should be deep dish so the oil won’t spill.  Drop one Puri in the pan at a time. Let the oil soak up and fry the dough. Lightly push on the top part of the Puri and flip it over. It will start puffing up and that’s how you know you are doing it right.  It should have a golden brown color and that’s how you know its ready. Take it out with a ladle and place it on top of a plate  that has a napkin on it to soak up all the oil. After that continue this process for however many you made and you are now officially finished! Enjoy your Puri hot and fresh with some curry!

A simple recipe with specific instructions can be foundhere.

Paneer for Newbies

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Paneer Makhani

Hello everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their week! Anyone who tried last weeks recipe how was it!? Today I am going to talk about a very famous North Indian dish known as “Paneer Makhani.” Many of you might have probably heard of Paneer before if you have gone to an Indian restaurant. If you have not, I highly recommend ordering this dish. This is a very tasty dish that is also 100% vegetarian. For those of you that may not know what Paneer is, it is cottage cheese. Indian grocery stores sell Paneer in packages in the frozen section of the stores. Next time you step foot into the store, make sure to venture towards the frozen isle for Paneer!

Paneer Makhani literally translates as “butter paneer.” There are different types of paneer depending on what you want. Butter paneer has a buttery tomato sauce that is very creamy and delicious. There are other kinds such as Mutter paneer where mutter means peas. It all really depends on what you are in the mood to eat. I have tried multiple different types of Paneer and none have ever failed my taste buds. This is NOT a spicy dish. You can specialize it yourself and add whatever spices to it but at restaurants it is not spicy. If you are in the mood for a creamy and buttery taste definitely order this.

The How To

For everyone who has never tasted Indian food or gone to an Indian restaurant, I will give you the insiders on how to eat this meal. This is another one of those meals where you DO NOT eat with a fork or spoon. You should eat this meal with your hands. It may sound strange to non-foreigners who don’t really eat with their hands but traditionally this meal is eaten by your hands. Use a spoon to scoop the curry onto your plate. This meal is usually eaten with a special kind of bread served at restaurants known as Naan, Chipati, Roti, or even rice. I personally break pieces of the bread and scoop the paneer and curry into the bread with my hands and eat it. Usually this is a one handed process and typically the right hand is dominant.

Warning: This can get very messy especially if it’s your first time!

If you feel shy or uncomfortable at a restaurant because it’s your first time, Don’t.  There is no need to feel weird about eating with your hands. Trust me. It is even possible to not be messy about using your hands but for me that took practice.. a lot of it. If you still aren’t convinced about using your hands well there is something as simple as this:

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Don’t ever let a cultures traditions stop you from trying their food! It is a great experience!

If you decide to make paneer makhani at home here is a simple recipe that got very good reviews! Paneer is not difficult to make and really is not that time consuming!  You don’t need to let things cook overnight. It tastes best when served hot and fresh but I have had some amazing leftovers the next day as well!

Everyone needs some Masala in their life!

Hey everyone! So this is my first post on my personal blog so I hope you all enjoy reading it! Today we are going to explore a south Indian traditional dish known as Masala Dosa. You may or may not heard of this dish. It is a very common dish that you must try if you ever get the opportunity to travel to India! Even if you can’t travel there I would definitely recommend going to an Indian restaurant and ordering this dish!

Masala dosa is typically eaten for breakfast although you can have it for  brunch, lunch, a snack, and even for dinner. Masala dosa’s main ingredient is potatoes! This is a vegetarian dish filled with potatoes, onions, peas, chili powder and a few other ingredients. You can alter what vegetables and extra spices you add by your own personal preference. For the dosa shell (which is the outer browned part that almost looks like a fajita wrap) you just need rice, special types of dal, salt, and oil. It is pretty simple to make but it is very time consuming! Just to boil the rice and all of the ingredients it takes a few hours! So when making this make sure you have time to prep all the items beforehand. I would suggest making the dosa shell and masala the night before and then cooking it the day of. Once everything is boiled you just need to make it into a batter like form which is similar to making pancakes. You just pour the batter on a pan with oil and let it brown on one side and flip it over and WA LA your dosa shell is ready to go!

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Dosa Shell

As you can see in this picture to the left, it is very similar to cooking a pancake. Make sure you don’t overcook it because it will become too crispy and fall apart as you try to eat it!

The next part is to make the “masala” part which is the filling that goes inside the “dosa” shell. For the masala filling you need potatoes, onions, chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, and curry leaves depending on how spicy you want it to be. If you can’t tolerate any form of spice DO NOT put curry leaves and the chili powder inside the mix. It will become spicy and will burn for those who can’t tolerate any spice. I am used to spicy foods so this is not spicy at all when I eat it.  All you have to do is cook the onions on a pan until they are golden brown and then add in the potatoes and spices. You mix it all together and the potatoes will have a neon yellow/ greenish color because of the turmeric powder. That is COMPLETELY normal because it is supposed to be a yellowish color. Once you cook the masala it is now ready to be filled into the dosa shell. You just spread it on the shell and roll the shell up like a fajita wrap and eat! You eat this with your hands.. I repeat this is eaten with your hands. It is disrespectful to use silverware while eating certain dishes and this is one of them. I only know this through personal experience. To them its like eating a burger with a fork and knife.. you just don’t do it.

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A link to a simple recipe for making masala dosa can be found here ! Let me know if you have any questions!

So go on now make this dish and enjoy it!