September 24, 2012

Making the most of Fall and some news...

Luchi Tarkari/ Puri bhaji

Fall is here for sure. Moderate temperatures, sunny days, blue skies, tempting us to spend time outside. And to do that, we combined spending time outside with cooking outside too. :)

You've already heard me talk about the new grill we got over the summer. It came with a side gas burner and we decided to make inaugurate that by deep frying some Luchis or Puris.  Luchis or Puris stir up strong memories of weekends at home when we would have them with kumror chakka or alur tarkari or pujo at home when maa would make these puffed beauties for narayan pujo.

Cooking outside made for a perfect, relaxed morning, melding into the afternoon. We cooking outside. Lil A in the backyard with his bike, MIL making the bhaji to go with the luchis.

Before I go to the recipe, here is the big news to go with some puris. Lil A is soon going to have company. We are expecting  a "Tiny Lil one" soon. Lil A is excited about the news as well. In fact, he has set aside one toy for the baby claiming the rest of it as his own. But that's progress, right! Any tips on how to manage two together are welcome.

1. Luchi/Puri/ Puffed bread
Bengali Luchis are made with All purpose flour or maida. But these are not. I made them with regular atta.

Ingredients:
2 cups atta (Indian-style whole-wheat flour)
2 tspoons oil
a pinch of sugar
1/4 tspoon salt
Warm water
oil for deep frying

Method:
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Create a well in the middle, and add the oil and water mix it with fingertips. Then start kneading the dough. It has to be soft and that comes from kneading it nicely. Add a tspoon of oil on top and let it rest for 30-45 min. The oil prevents the drying.

Now take a small amount of dough (about golf size) and then make it into a ball. Roll it out on an clean oiled surface using a rolling pin.Avoid using flour, if it sticks add a tiny bit of oil. I can never make round ones, so I made all kinds of shapes, but the round ones you see in the pictures come from my MIL :)

Heat a cup of oil in a kadai/wok. The oil has to be hot or else the puri/luchi will not rise. Once the oil is hot add a little bit dough to check the temperature. If it rises up and the oil bubbles, the temperature is right.

Add the luchi/puri (and our kadai is small, so we did one at a time) and press gently with a slotted spoon. It will puff up in the middle. Let it cook for a min and then turn. It should be cooked with golden color and without too much browning.

Take it out and put it on kitchen towel to soak extra oil. Serve hot with pickle, raita, bhaji, tarkari, payesh, or just plain sugar.


Luchi Tarkari/ Puri bhaji
2. Aloo gajarer tarkari/Potato carrot stir-fry
We had our puris/luchis with some simple carrot and potato bhaji. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:
3-4 medium potatoes
2 medium carrots
1/2 tspoon mustard seeds
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
 1/2 tspoon tumeric
1/2 tspoon cumin seed powder
2 tbspoon oil
salt to taste
1 red chilli

Method:
Wash, cut and boil the potatoes and carrots together. Once they are boiled mash them roughly together.Now add turmeric powder, cumin seed powder, and salt and mix it together.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin seeds and the red chilli. Once it sizzles, add the potato and carrot mix. Stir well to mix and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes. Adjust salt and take it off the heat.

Luchi Tarkari/ Puri bhaji
Serve warm. It even goes well together with some plain rice and dal.

Here are some more Luchi/puri recipes:
Homemaker's luchi
Mom Recipes Puri

33 comments:

  1. Congrats Mandira! Lil A must be indeed so happy :)
    The pictures and the recipe look very tempting!

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  2. Congrats Mandira, a huge one and what a wonderful way to celebrate. Lots of love to Little A and that is indeed a big step towards donning the mantle of the big bro

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    1. Thanks Bong Mom! Lil A gets a little bit closer to being the big brother every day.

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  3. Mandiraaaaaaaaaa where is our treat ? :) No it is time for us to treat you! A big Big Congrats and thanks to Sandeepa for leading me here now! Yes a very step indeed. xo

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    1. Thanks Soma! Yes, yes, where is my treat :)

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  4. Congrats Mandira :-) so happy to hear this news... Take care of yourself... Thanks to Sandeepa for giving us this great news

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  5. Dear mandira
    Congratulations ! We are very happy to hear the great news !
    Regarding the recipe , i am also thrilled , bit new for me with cumin-mustard seasoning ( it is used in some Oriya dishes ) and bit mashed potato, must try it some day ( of course with ata luchi)
    bhalo theko

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    1. Thanks Ushnish da. Try kore bolo kemon laglo.

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  6. oooooo ki bhalo khabor Mandira. congrats!!!khub bhalo thako tomra sabai and take real good care of yourself.

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  7. Congratulations & celebrations ...!!! Wonderful news Mandira! Bhalo theko. Hugsssss. :-)

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  8. Congrats! Mandira. That indeed is very happy news.
    We did the exact same thing over the weekend cooked pooris in the backyard.

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    1. Thanks Indo... I guess it was that weekend. :) Yours look great as well!

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  9. Congragulations so happy fo you all.
    It is ages ago imade these looks so good.

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    1. I know Finla, I was craving some and made them.

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  10. Congratulations and best of luck!

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  11. Congrats Mandira!

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  12. Great news! Congrats, Mandira!

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    1. Thanks Vani, how are you doing?

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  13. many congratulations and hugs to both mother/son ..and puri-bhaji looks delicious..Amar ekhoni khete iche hoche..hugs

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    1. Hain luchi bhalo hoye chilo, next time payesher ssathe banabo :)

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  14. Aw, congrats! Some shrikhand with those puris would have been great to celebrate the good news! So thrilled for all of you! Hugs!

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  15. Congrats Mandira! Wishing you a very healthy and happy pregnancy!

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  16. Your presentation of the recipe along with images is good. Measurements provided in ingredients is perfect. I tried it and works great.

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