Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Palak Ki Puri (or Paratha!)

My dear friend, Bhagyashree is from Indore. She brings these lush green palak puris for many of our picnics during summer time. Guys play cricket (what else?!), girls play throw ball, kids play in the playground. It works out well for everyone. and the best part is food of course. It's our summer picnic potluck. Bhagyashree almost always brings puri-bhaji. but it's never monotonous. Every time it is a different type of puris and different alu ki bhaji. We all look forward to her puri-bhaji. She has the whole gamut of puris - Palakwali (with spinach), Methiwali (with fenugreek leaves), Matarwali (with fresh green peas), aluwali (with potatoes)...Paalakwali puri is my favorite.

It looks wonderful with green color. She has shared her Indori delicacy with me, but "You are such a spoilsport!" was her spontaneous response when I mentioned, I made the parathas instead. :-) So, if you want that real Indori experience, please deep fry them!! :-) I am really happy with the parathas.

Here's the recipe -

Indore ki Paalakwali puri
1 1/2 cup wheat flour
1 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp maize flour
1/2 cup besan
1 bunch spinach
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin seeds, freshly roasted and ground
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 tsp oil

Oil for brushing the parathas/more oil for deep frying

1. Clean, wash spinach. Boil 1 cup water. Add spinach leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes. Take out. As they cool down, grind to a fine paste in a mixer.

2. Knead a dough adding all the above ingredients. The boiled spinach will have moisture, so add water gingerly. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.
3. Make small balls for puris, bigger balls for parathas.
4. Roll into small discs for puris, bigger discs for parathas.
5. Deep fry for puris, shallow fry for parathas.
6. Serve hot with alu ki subzi and pickles.

Note -
1. My friend adds 1/4 cup oil while kneading the dough. You can certainly do it, to get a softer texture.

2. You can follow the exact same recipe using only wheat flour. In that case, increase the wheat flour to about 2 1/4 cups.


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