-1 cup sifted
whole-wheat flour (sift to take out some of the larger bran bits)
|Put the 2 flours and salt in a bowl. Drizzle the 2 tablespoons oil
over the top. Rub the oil in with your fingers so the mixture resembles coarse
breadcrumbs. Slowly add the water to form a soft ball of dough. Empty the ball on to a
clean work surface. Knead it for 10-12 minutes or until it is smooth. Form a ball. Rub
about 1/4 teaspoon oil on the ball and slip it into a plastic bag. Set it aside for 30
Knead the dough again, and divide it into 12 equal balls. Keep 11 of them covered while you work with the twelfth. Flatten this ball and roll it out into a 5-5 1/2" round. If you have the space, roll out all the porris and keep them in a single layer, covered with plastic wrap.
Over a medium flame, set about 1" of oil to heat in a small, deep frying pan (I used my wok). Let it get very, very hot. Meanwhile, line a platter with paper towels. Lift up one poori and lay it carefully over the surface of the
hot oil. It might sink to the bottom but it should rise in seconds and begin to sizzle. Using the back of a slotted spoon, push the poori gently into the oil with tiny, swift strokes. Within seconds, the poori will puff up. Turn
it over and cook the second side for about 10 seconds. Remove it with a slotted spoon and put it on the platter. Make all the pooris this way. The first layer on the platter may be covered with a layer of paper towls. More
pooris can then be spread over the top. Serve the pooris hot (immediately) with Chunna curry and Sooji ka Halwa.
You may like to have a touch of Mango Pickle as well!