Savory Stuffed Puri
|Black gram lentils||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Flour/All purpose flour||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Ghee||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)|
|Green chili pepper||1 , finely chopped|
|Sunflower oil||1 Tablespoon|
|Coriander seeds||2 Teaspoon|
|Fennel seeds||2 Teaspoon|
|Cumin seeds||2 Teaspoon|
The above quantities make 5 stuffed puris.
You can buy black gram lentils (urd dhal) from Indian grocers and health food stores that stock a good range of beans.
Check that the split gram is white, not yellow.
Rinse in a sieve under running cold water; drain and then soak in a bowl of cold water for 4 hours.
Sift the ata flour (a whole wheat flour sold by Indian grocers and by many specialist food stores) into a large mixing bowl, add 1/2 tsp salt and Stbsp hot ghee, and stir in, gradually adding just enough cold water to make a firm dough.
Knead well by hand on a pastry board or work surface for 10 minutes then shape into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes.
Make the garam masala: heat a nonstick skillet, add the peppercorns, coriander, fennel, and cumin seeds, and roast for 30 seconds over moderate heat, stirring continuously; they will start to release a marvelous spicy aroma.
Remove from the heat; grind the seeds finely in a spice mill or use a mortar and pestle; put through a fine sieve to trap the pieces of coriander skins and discard these.
Once the lentils have finished soaking, place them in the food processor with a little cold water and process briefly until they form a coarse, thick puree (if they are too smooth, the filling will not have an interesting texture).
Heat the remaining ghee in a large skillet and fry the chopped chili pepper gently over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously; add the lentil puree and 1/2 tsp salt.
Cook, stirring continuously, over slightly higher heat for a few minutes, until the puree darkens and thickens further.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool before stirring in the garam masala.
Start making the puris about 30 minutes before you plan to serve them.
Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes and divide into 10 pieces of even size; shape these into balls between your palms and put them in a large bowl; remove 2 and cover the bowl with plastic wrap to prevent the dough from drying out.
Flatten these first 2 balls with your palms and then roll out on a lightly floured pastry board with a floured rolling pin to form 2 thin, matching disks Sin in diameter.
Have a cup of cold water standing ready.
Place 3 tbsp of the lentil filling in the center of one disk, dip your finger into the cold water, moisten all round the edge of the disk, then cover neatly with the other disk, pressing the edges together to achieve a good seal.
Do exactly the same with the remaining dough and filling.
Heat plenty of oil in a very large skillet or in a deep fryer and when hot but not smoking, place 3 of the puris in it and fry until they puff up and are pale golden brown; keep spooning the hot oil over the exposed surfaces of the puris to cook them if they are not immersed in oil.
Take these puris out of the oil with a slotted spoon and keep hot while you fry the remaining two.