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Deep Fried Bread - Pooris


Poori is fried bread that can be found in Indian fast food restaurants. It is so versatile that it can be served with practically anything, sweet or savoury.

bar Deep Fried Bread - Pooris

Picture by Werner Van Peppen

Makes approximately 10 poories

500ml/18 fl oz oil for frying, or enough to fill your deep-fat fryer
150g/ 5 oz plain flour
20g/ 1 oz butter


Heat the oil in a deep saucepan or deep-fat fryer. Meanwhile, put the flour, butter and 65ml/3 fl oz water in a bowl and mix well, then knead into a dough. Add a little extra flour if the dough needs to be firmer. Divide it into 8-10 golf balls. Roll out each ball, on a floured surface, into a small flat disc about 3mm/ ¼ in thick.
To check that the oil is hot enough, chop a trimming from the dough into the oil: if it puffs up the oil ready. Cook the pooris two at a time. Turn them over when they puff up and then, when they turn light brown, which takes about 1 minute, remove them from the oil and place them on a plate with kitchen paper.
Repeat the process until you’ve cooked all of the balls. You can make pooris in advance and warm them in the oven for a couple of minutes before serving.


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