Saturday, February 23, 2008

Masala Puri with Toor ki Dal and Shrikhand ~ Gujarati Cuisine!

Masala Puri with Dal and Shrikhand invokes passions forgotten! It isn't long that I have eaten this, but somehow time seems to appear so. Some years back, we had food festival at our office. And one of the theme was Gujarati Cuisine. Oh how much we had fun at that time. Being one of the senior member of the foodie club, I was called oft to the kitchen to oversee things. My colleagues thought that I had an authority on different cuisines. God knows what gave them that thought, but that put me on spot and I had to keep up myself to that image. Which I tell you, was very tough.

We had called in a gujarati cook to help our cook with the cooking. My, the way she cooked was amazing. The food feast went for a week and everyday we had a treat to our taste buds. Our gujju colleague asked his mother for the menu and we had elaborate discussions on how each one would compliment the entire menu. One of the menu had Masala puri. Gosh thinking of that small and delicately flavored puris, makes one want to eat them again. 

The cook came quite early and asked about how much we would want. Not knowing our strength, she assumed a smaller number. But imagine everybody were so taken in on this cuisine that nothing was enough. She sat down and prepared a mass of dough after dough and rolled out puri after puri. Nice bright coloured puris emerged from the oil to be royally paired off with a shy lip smacking dal. It was a marriage in our kitchen. To celebrate the happy occasion, we had shrikhand. We saw a big bowl full of curds and then she asked the cook to hung that in muslin cloth. Then she took it out and rubbed in nicely with sugar and chilled it. Nutty decorated shrikhan was a feast on itself.

When gujarati cuisine was announced to be theme for RCI this month, I couldn't wait to prepare these at home. Though I planned for few more, I was able to prepare only these.

Masala Puri

Ingredients Needed:

Wheat flour - 3 cups
Oil - 1 tsp
Ajwain - 1/4
Asafoetida a pinch
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Oil for frying

Makes about 14 medium sized puris

Method to prepare:

In a bowl, take wheat flour and salt along with oil.

Mix all the ingredients and knead to firm dough adding enough water.

Cover and keep the aside for half an hour.

Divide to equal balls and roll into small puris.

Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry the puris.

Serve masala puri hot with dal

Toor ki Daal

Ingredients Needed:

Tuvar Daal - 1 cup
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Salt To Taste
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida a pinch
Garlic Cloves - 3 finely chopped
Dry Red Chillies - 5
Ghee - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery - 1/2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Pressure cook tuvar dal with sufficient water and turmeric powder.

Once its cooked, mash the dal

Heat the ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, dry red chillies and garlic cloves. Fry till they pop up.

Add the dal with 2 cups of water and salt.

Cook until the toor daal boils. At this stage add jaggary, though I didn't add as hubby dear likes spicy. Let it boil to a thick dal.

When the tuvar dal is cooled add lemon juice and serve.

Reduce the red chillies, this asked for only 2, but I added 5.

Shrikhand

Ingredients Needed:

Thick curd - 1 kg
Powdered sugar - 3/4 cup
a few strands saffron
Warm milk - 1/2 tbsp
Cardamom powder (elaichi) - 1 tsp

For the garnish
Pistachios and Almonds

Method to prepare:

Hang the curds in a muslin cloth until all the liquid (whey) has drained off.

Rub the saffron into the warm milk until it dissolves.

Mix together the hung curds, sugar, saffron mixture and cardamom in a bowl and churn using a hand blender.

Place in the refrigerator.

Serve gujarati shrikhand cold garnished with of pistachios and almonds.

I couldn't find pistachios in the myriad of my freezer so had to do with just saffron!

This is sent to Mythili who is hosting the RCI themed on Gujarati Cuisine this month.

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27 comments :

Uma said...

Masala Puri , Dal and Shrikhand all look so lovely, Srivalli! Very nice entry!

Lavanya Raj said...

Puri and Shrikhand looks so delicious..this is a rocking entry.

sra said...

Your photos stand out today!

priyaskitchen said...

hi..didnt know there was RCI-Gujarat cuisine going till i saw ur post...thsnks..have made undhiyu and posted...

lovely recipe..and shrikhand..yummmm

satya said...

It indeed shows your authority of different cuisines Srivalli.Nice spread.
To celebrate the marriage of two dishes you had a dessert? ha..ha..ha..

Raaga said...

yummy treat Valli...
and listen, this trip to Madras was hectic even though I was there for 9 days... next time, we'll have a party at my place, OK?

kamala said...

Gujarati cuisine is totally new to me.masala puri looks delicious.

Rachel said...

Talk about food events at office..The masala poori looks like a simple one....love the shrikand too!

masalamagic said...

The thali looks divine Sri! I love puris -these masala puris look awesome.. maybe sometime soon - i shudder when i have to deep fry -but i just feel like having these - puri and shrikhand is the best combo of course!

Nags said...

ohhh nice :) even i posted my gujarati recipes today! had fun cooking it!

Sig said...

A food fest at work, that sounds like a great idea... We have some international days here too, but we just get to go and eat what is laid out there... Overseeing the kitchen and planning the menu, that is awesome! :)

Namratha said...

All three look yummy Valli, I'm eyeing the Shrikand especially! :)I was planning to make some too for RCI...but time sure is running out!!

remya said...

love the whole platter!!!

Kalai said...

Looks delicious, Srivalli! I'm learning so much about this cuisine from all of you guys! :)

bee said...

just came back from skiing and do you even know how hungry i am? this post of yours brings back such great memories.

gujju fod is my all time favourite. thanks for these great recipes.

bee said...

just came back from skiing and do you even know how hungry i am? this post of yours brings back such great memories.

gujju fod is my all time favourite. thanks for these great recipes.

DEEPA said...

wow!!...I also make masala puri at home ..a little different ..but yours look awesome ...Shrikhand perfect one !!!

musical said...

Masala poori and daal, the thaali looks very yummy! Shrikhand makes it complete :).

Dhivya said...

wow!masala puri..bet it tastes wonderful...i am drooling here...

easycrafts said...

Lovely spread

Lavanya Raj said...

Srivalli..I have a award for you..Kindly check my blog.

Lee Ping (mrshbt) said...

I crave for your Masala Puri. Naan is quite popular at our local restaurants. Is Puri a little crispier than Naan?

Sugarcraft India said...

A lovely menu..masala puri, dal n srikhand..yum!!

ServesYouRight said...

I heart Shrikhand - so delighted to see it featured in your post :-)

Smita

Srivalli said...

Uma, Lavanya, Thank you

sra, really? cos I had to take them in 1 min flat!..thanks for thinking so..

priya..thats nice to know..I checked yours..was nice seeing those pictures

satya, so sweet of you to say so...glad you liked it...yeah it was fun and I never imagined that a simple thicker version of lassi would taste so good !

Raaga, thank you...sure thats fine..looking fwd to that!

kamala, thank you...try it out..they turned out yummy!

Rachel, hahah..yes even at office...thank you..yes masala poori is almost like our regular one except being spiced...and shrikand tastes best chilled

Latha, thank you...you should make them...once in a while..that is once a week is good for health!..:D

Nags, thanks and yes yours looked good

Sig, yeah thats totally great as it keeps something nice to think of..LOL!..well I was just part of the committee!..

Namratha, thank you..you can always squeeze in something!

remya, glad you do..thanks!

Kalai, yes this rci is a nice thing for us to learn new things

bee, glad to know that...I am sure you must've had a great time!

Deepa, yeah then do share the recipe with us...thank you

musical, yeah it was perfect..great cuisine that it

Dhivya, thanks..yes it was wonderful..nice complement for masala puri

easycrafts, thanks

Lavanya, thank you!

Lee, Oh, then you should make it...its quite easy to make...and yes the top layer can turn out crispy

swati, thank you...

Smita, thanks for dropping by..glad you heart them so...

a. said...

thanks for such a nice range to make and taste ..!
~ aartiashwin@indiatimes.com

Srivalli said...

Aarti, thanks for dropping by, glad you like my collection!

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