|1 cup Fine Semolina (rava/sooji)|
|2 tablespoons Maida (all purpose flour)|
|1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda|
|Salt to taste|
|Oil, for deep frying|
|A small round shaped Lid to cut puris|
- Take semolina, maida, baking soda and salt in a wide mouthed bowl and mix well.
- Add water in small incremental quantities and bind stiff dough.
- Cover it with a damp cloth and keep aside for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove the cloth and knead again until smooth texture.
- Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Take each portion and give it a round shape like ball. Press it between your palms and place on rolling board.
- Roll it out using a rolling pin into round shaped roti with thickness like phulka roti or chapathi (approx 1-2 mm). Do not roll it very thin or very thick. If it is very thin then puri will not puff up while deep frying and if it is thick then puri will not turn crispy after deep frying.
- Make small round puris by cutting it using a round shaped small lid (approx. 2-2.5 inch diameter) as shown in photo.
- Remove extra dough and mix it with remaining dough. Make puris from remaining dough.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium flame for deep frying. When oil is medium hot, take 5-6 puris and slide them gently in oil (do not drop them together – do it one after another). Press each puri a little with spatula (to puff them up). Deep fry them until crispy and light golden brown. Remove and place them on paper napkin to absorb extra oil. Store them in an airtight container after they cool down and consume within 2-3 weeks.
- To make them crispy, bind the hard dough.
- If you don’t want to add baking soda, use soda water instead of plain water to bind the dough.
- Either you can roll a large circle and cut the puris with a round shaped lid or divide the dough into approx. 35-40 small portions and roll each puri individually.
- Make sure that rolled dough is not very thick or very thin.
- After deep frying if there is any moisture in the puri then place them in a preheated oven (200 degrees F) for 15-20 minutes or keep in direct sunlight for 2-3 hours or until all moisture evaporates.