Dal puri is one of the favorite food items for a lot of people in India. This fluffy dough bread-type with a lentil filling stuffed inside is easy to make, tasty, and healthy for people. A lot of communities in India prepare various variations of this recipe, with different fillings. The most common ingredients that people use to make these, however, are ‘masoor dal’ lentils, all-purpose flour, and spices. Plus, one can make this breakfast food without much fuss, and pair it with ‘aloo ki sabzi’ or ‘chole bhature’.
Nutrition Value of the Dish:
The ‘puris’ are made of a mixture of lentils and spices, stuffed into a dough and then fried. Most people use masoor dal as their lentil of choice, and it has high protein content. It is later cooked in high-quality edible oil, like rice bran oil, which is full of good fatty acids. This is good for heart health, has anti-inflammatory effects, and contains many other healthy nutrients. The spices, no matter which you add, have valuable effects on the body as well. Some of them include improving blood sugar levels, digestion, heart health, and more.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients for the dal filling:
1. Half cup masoor dal
2. 1 tbsp rice bran oil
3. 1 sliced onion
4. 3 sliced cloves of garlic
5. Half tsp of red chili powder and turmeric powder each
6. One-fourth tsp chaat masala, roasted cumin powder, and Panch Phoron each
7. 1 chopped green chili
8. 1 cup water
9. Salt (per taste)
10. 1 tbsp coriander leaves
Ingredients for dough:
1. Half cup water
2. 2 tbsp oil
3. 1.25 cup white flour
4. Salt (per taste)
Method of Cooking:
1. In a pan, heat the rice bran oil at medium temperature.
2. Add sliced onion, green chili, garlic, water, salt, red chilli powder, and turmeric powder. Mix them and cover the pan; let it cook for a few minutes. Stir occasionally.
3. After the water reduces, add the rest of the ingredients mentioned for the filling. Let it cook until all the water is gone.
4. Take a bowl and mix the flour, oil, and salt.
5. Slowly add water as needed. Knead the dough gently until it turns firm. Use a wet towel to cover it and rest it for 15 minutes.
6. Take a small dough ball and flatten it; put the filling at the center and cover the sides. Putting some oil on a flat kitchen surface, roll the ball carefully into a round flat disk.
7. In a frying pan, heat the oil at a medium temperature until it heats up.
8. Fry each dal puri one at a time. Place the disks into the pan gently and slightly press the top with your ladle. The puri would puff up.
9. After one side cooks, flip it over.
10. Take it out and keep it on paper towels. That would drain the excess oil out.
11. Repeat the same for all.
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