Farsi Puri
Farsi Puri is a crispy and delicious melt in mouth deep-fried Indian bread. It gets its name “Farsi” from a Gujarati word meaning crispy. In old times, it was considered as exclusive snack, prepared only during festivals. This deep fried snack tastes best with sweet and sour mango pickle or tea and coffee. It is prepared from maida, semolina, black pepper, cumin seeds and other spices and is stomach filling.
1½ cups Maida (Plain White Flour)
3 tablespoons Semolina (Suji/Rava)
1 tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns
3 tablespoons Ghee (clarified Butter) or Cooking Oil
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
Cooking Oil for deep frying
  1. Take maida (plain white flour), semolina, cumin seeds, 3 tablespoons cooking oil and salt in a deep wide mouthed bowl and mix well using your hand.
  2. Add water as required and knead a stiff dough. It should be harder than paratha or masala puri dough.
  3. Cover it using plain muslin cloth and keep aside for 10-15 minutes. Divide it into 2-3 equal portions and give them a long cylindrical shape. Cut it into small portions using a knife and give each portion a round shape of pattie.
  4. Take each portion of dough and roll it out on chapati maker board into approx. 3-4 mm thick small circles of 3-4 inch diameter. Put 2-3 whole peppercorns over rolled puri and crush them with a pestle. Prick rolled puri with a knife or fork. 4-5 pricks in entire raw puri at different places are sufficient.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan or kadai over medium flame. Deep-Fry pricked raw puris until they become light brown on both sides.
  6. Drain and transfer to plate having kitchen paper spread on it. As they cool, they will turn slightly dark brown. Fry remaining puris. Crispy and crunchy farsi puris are ready, store them in airtight container and enjoy for 10-15 days.
Tips and Variations:
  • Knead hard dough to make it crispier.
  • If you do not like whole peppercorns then crush them coarsely and add while kneading the dough in step-1.
  • Add 1 tablespoon more oil while kneading the dough to get melt in the mouth texture.
Taste: Salty and crispy
Serving Ideas: Serve it with tea as an afternoon snack. You can also serve it in the morning as breakfast  with tea. Pack it in kid’s lunch box and enjoy it with sweet and sour mango pickle. This is an ideal snack for students staying away from home and missing homely food due to its stomach filling capabilities.

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