Trick For Puris! Indian Deep-fried Flatbreads

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Puris are literally one of the oiliest Indian flatbreads around, and tasty too! These deep-fried flatbreads can be eaten as a snack or even for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Traditionally, puris go perfectly with potato bhaji, or even sweet dishes like amras or shrikhand.

These tasty deep-fried Indian flatbreads are well worth the time it takes to roll them out for your meals. But if you’re looking for an easy trick to get the pooris ready sooner, here’s what we do!

What ingredients do you need to make Puris?

Whole wheat flour, salt and oil in a stainless steel flat pan.
Flour, salt and oil for the puris

All you need is whole wheat flour, salt, oil, water. You can use all-purpose flour or refined flour, but whole wheat flour is healthier. We also make puris with buckwheat flour or multi-grain flour. Optionally you can add kala til (black sesame) or ajwain (ova or carom seeds). Oil is used for deep frying the puris.

How to make the Indian Fried Flatbread called puris?

Simply mix your ingredients together and knead them into a firm puri dough. The firmer it is, the fluffier it gets. Make 8 to 12 portions of the dough and roll into balls.

Dough of wholewheat flour in a stainless steel pan.
Puri dough

You then roll out the balls into flat circles. For regular pooris, you have to roll each ball into a 4-inch or 5-inch circle using a rolling pin.

Now here’s the trick! We learned this from my aunt’s maid Kanta. Instead of rolling out regular 4-inch or 5-inch sized puris, a quicker way is to roll out each dough ball into a 7-inch or 8-inch circle.

Use a sharp knife to cut each circle that you’ve rolled out into 4 or 6 pieces. So you’ll have a lot of triangular pieces ready to go. This reduces the time taken to roll out the puris by 2/3rd.

Puris cut into 4 to 6 triangular pieces.
Cut each rolled out piece into 4 to 6 triangular pieces

Now heat the oil in a vessel and then dip the puris and fry till cooked. See my mom multi-tasking here? With the right hand she’s draining the oil from the fried puris, and with the left hand she’s adding more puris to the oil.

Pooris being fried in oil with others at the side.
Fry the pooris in oil as regular puris

Dry out the excess oil on kitchen towels aka tissue paper.

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Puris on kitchen towels to drain the excess oil.
Place the puris on kitchen towels to absorb the excess oil
Crispy triangular puris on a bed of tissue paper.
Your crispy puris are ready

And that’s it! Your fluffy and crispy puris are ready. It’s a really simple trick to make puris quicker and reduce the rolling time by almost a third, sometimes even half. How do you roll puris quicker? Make triangular pooris.

Round puris in a white plate.
Round puris, the regular version!

By the way, if you made regular pooris, they’d look like this pic above. And if you like them, try out this recipe for our sweet beetroot puris. Or if you’re looking for something really different, try out our glutenfree recipe for thin rice crepes called chitaps.

Round puris in a white plate.

Shortcut Pooris (Puris) – Indian deep-fried Flat Breads

Puris are the oiliest Indian flatbreads. These deep-fried flatbreads can be eaten as a snack or even for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and are amazingly tasty!
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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 541 kcal
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  • 250 g Flour – Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • Water as needed
  • 250 ml Oil For deep frying the Puris


  • Knead the wheat flour, salt, oil, and water into a firm dough.
  • You would usually make small dough balls and roll the dough balls into puris. But here's the trick – roll the dough balls into larger 5-inch or 6-inch flat circles about the same size as chapatis. Cut these large puris diametrically into 4 to 6 triangles each. And you're puris are ready to cook.
  • 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.
  • You can add a different flavor to puris such as jeera or sesame seeds. We often make ajwain puris as they’re a tad healthier and warmer. 
  • 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)
6 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Wooden Rolling Pin
Small Copper Kadai
Dough Mixer Stand Mixer

Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 44g | 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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What’s Perfect About This Puri Recipe?

  • It’s quick and easy to make, just 15 – 20 minutes of actual cooking time.
  • It can be eaten as a snack as well.
  • It goes well with a number of Veg, Non-Veg, and even sweet dishes.

Cooking Tips Or Tricks

  • Instead of making smalls balls and rolling each out, you can make bigger ones, roll them out and cut into triangles.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, or if you have kids that you’re trying to feed beets, try making my mom’s beetroot puris.

Answering Your Questions About Indian Puris

What If The Puri Doesn’t Puff Completely?

If your poori does not puff, don’t worry; it is still cooked.

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How Can I Make The Puris Softer?

If you want softer puris, replace each tablespoon of oil with 2 tablespoons of yogurt or milk cream.

Are These Indian Puris Gluten-Free?

No, Indian puris are not gluten-free because they are made of whole wheat flour. If you want gluten-free puris, use buckwheat flour.

What Are The Different Types Of Rotis In India?

There are many types of rotis in India that are cooked using different methods – leavened, unleavened, fried, baked, deep-fried, and steamed. Some of them include naans, parathas, rotis or chapati, makai rotis, bajri rotis, kuchlas, idlis, appams, ghavnis, chitaps, rotla, bhakri, puris, bathura, khakra, koki, dosa, rava dosa, neer dosa, masala dosa, phulka, thepla, papad, pitha, kori roti, rumali roti, and many more.

What Can I Do To Make The Puris Taste Different?

To make them taste earthy, add spinach. To make them taste spicy, add chili powder. To make the puris taste more flavorful and sweet, make these beetroot puris.

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