Ajwain Puris: Deepfried Indian Caraway Flatbreads

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Puris are an Indian flatbread made by deep-frying dough in oil. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or even as a snack. Adding ajwain gives them a hearty and warm twist!

Ajwain puris are quite delicious, and go well with potato bhaji or even shrikhand and amras. You can make quite a variety of puris by adding different ingredients. Have you ever tried beetroot puris, these are yum and a great way of getting your kids to eat beetroot. Or why not try our ajwain puri recipe below…

What is Ajwain? What Are The Other Names For Ajwain?

Ajwain is actually a fruit, not a seed, but is often called a seed because it looks like one. It is mainly found in India and Iran. Ajwain is also called ajowan, ova, bishop’s weed, thymol seeds, or carom seeds. Ajwain tastes sharp, pungent, and has a tinge of bitterness.

Why Add Ajwain to Puris?

Ajowan or ajwain is used to add flavor to food. It provides internal heat to the body, is anti-inflammatory, and also cures a number of diseases.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Ajwain Puri?

All you need to make ajwain puris is oil, salt, water, wheat flour, and ajwain aka carrom seeds, and also oil for frying.

How to make Ajwain Puris?

Mix the oil, salt, water, and wheat flour and knead into a dough. Also, add in the ajwain or carrom seeds. Add as much or as little water as needed to form a non-sticky firm dough.

Take flour, oil and salt on a plate.
Flour, oil and salt
Knead the Ajwain puri into a dough.
Ajwain puri dough

Make small balls of the dough and roll them into puris. This is done by making flat circles like chapatis. Deep fry these puris in oil and when they are cooked remove them, try to drain out as much oil as possible, and place them on a thali with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

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And that’s it, the warm puris are ready to serve!

Roll the ajwain dough in puris.
Roll out the ajwain puris
Fry the puris till they turn yellow.
Puris are ready
Puris are looking yummy.
Don’t the puris look yummy
Ajwain puris.

Ajwain Puris: Deep-fried Indian Flat-Breads

Ajwain puris are an Indian flatbread made by deep-frying dough in oil. Warm, hearty, and perfect for cool weather!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 544 kcal
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  • 250 g Flour – Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Water as needed
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Ajwain (Ova) Ova or Carom Seeds
  • 250 ml Oil For deep frying the Puris


  • Knead the wheat flour, salt, oil, ajwain and water into a firm dough.
  • Make small dough balls and roll the dough balls into 5-inch flat circles or puris. You can make smaller or bigger ones if you wnat to.
  • Heat the oil in a deep pan or wok. We call it a kadai.
  • Drop a few puris in the oil.
  • Fry the puris while stirring occasionally.
  • Use a sieve spoon to remove the puris, and place them on a kitchen towel to drain any excess oil.
  • If you can, store the puris in thermal container or roti casserole till you serve.

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  • Use powdered salt as this mixes easily in the dough and you don’t have salt chunks.
  • To save time, roll the dough into a big circle and cut it into triangles.
  • For a sweeter puri that appeals to young ones, try this beetroot puri recipe.
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Stuff You Might Want to Use

Large Wide-bottomed Pan (Thala)
Wooden Rolling Pin
Aluminium Kadai
Dough Mixer Stand Mixer

Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 2mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

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Cooking Tips & Tricks

  • Use powdered salt if you can to avoid getting any large chunks that don’t dissolve.
  • You can also make larger size puris or circles and cut them into quarters like we do for our regular pooris.
  • No, you can’t make them gluten-free.
  • Roast the ova or ajwain before adding to the dough. This gives it more flavor.
  • Use paper towels to drain the excess oil from the puris.
  • You can also try to make beetroot puris.
  • If you want a really cool dessert afterwards, serve it with some fruit salad.
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Questions about Cooking Ajwain Puris

If I Cannot Find Ajowan, Can I Use Some Other Spice?

Yes, of course. You can use any spice in these puris. Just change the name of the puri by annotating the name of the spice you use. That’s how it works.

  • If you use cumin (jeera in Hindi), call it jeera puris.
  • If you use caraway (shah jeera in Hindi), call it shah jeera puris.
  • If you use chili powder, call it masala puris.

How Long Can You Store Fried Puris?

You can store puris in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for about a week and almost six months in a freezer.

How Do I Make The Puris Softer?

To make softer puris, use yogurt or milk cream instead of oil.

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