19 August 2007

Puri Bhaji for a tea party

( With blogger behaving badly, I was refused access to my own blog! These posts-in-waiting have been delayed. )

When Anita invited us to make puri-bhaji for her tea party, puri-bhaji it was for the weekend breakfast! Being puri lovers, it takes all morning of rolling out puris before I can sit to enjoy some. Puris are always served hot, straight off the smoking oil. Yet I was beaming from ear-to-ear thinking of the beautiful puffed up puris and my favourite potato bhaji to accompany it. And the husband dropped the bomb. "No, not puris today. I want something light." "Are you alright?" I asked, all my ballooned dreams crashing. What was wrong with this puri lover I wondered? "I'm not exercising enough", he said. The puri-less weekend passed by and the husband left on a week long trip. On such occasions, I'd generally stick to a one-pot meal, but puris have the ability to melt my will power.


For the puris, I took 2 cups of flour and kneaded it into a stiff dough adding a little water at a time. Rest it for 5 minutes and roll out puris and fry in hot oil.

For potato podimas/ potato bhaji, boil 5 big potatoes, peel and mash them. Heat oil in a pan, add a tsp of mustard/jeera and let it splutter. Add a chopped onion, 2 chopped green chillies and fry till translucent. Add a chopped tomato and fry for a minute. Add water, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and a spoon of pav bhaji masala and let the tomatoes turn soft. Add the mashed potato and allow it to cook for a few minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.

40 comments:

Roopa said...

wow lovely girl so many entries!delicious...

mallugirl said...

love ur entries.. too bad u couldn't put a photo of ur designer rotis! ok so no more complaints abt the main meal! ur posts talk for themselves!

archana said...

The puri bhaji looks wonderful and your express meals fantastic. I am keen to see your designer rotis :D ))

Nanditha Prabhu said...

who can resist pooris? if i start making them i have to keep rolling all the time... a my boys seem to forget that they are full!
great express cooking ideas!

Asha said...

Yummy!!! I love both dishes J!! Thanks for the recipes, see you tomorrow, driving back home:)

Sandeepa said...

Ok but what about a complete Indian meal in 30 mins ;-) ?

Sharmi said...

I loved the poori and noodles. lovely and sure a express:)

Padma said...

Wow, All look so wonderfully inviting Loved your noodles recipe...and great seeing you at the poori party

Mishmash ! said...

hehehe...u took the effort to make puris when ur husband was away on a tour !!!! you rock !!!! :)

shn

Cynthia said...

Okay let me see what I will have today since you have given me choices :) I think I will have the okra and the puri :)

SeeC said...

Soooo many !!!
Each one is fantastic.

Jyothsna said...

Roopa - Thanks!

Mallugirl - :) If you continue the event, I may showcase my designer rotis!

Archana - Thankyou. Designer rotis deserve a special post no?

Nanditha - Hmmm, happens to me as well, but puris give the motivation to keep rolling as well :)

Asha - Hey, no blog checking on vacation! But nice to see you here :) Had a great time?

Sandeepa - :) I can whip up a simple, complete Indian meal in 30 mins. But I'm too lazy to typw and blog about it ;)

Sharmi - Thats what I whip up when I'm alone :)

Padma - Thanks!

Shn - I do?? puris are so irresistable, couldn't wait another week to fry them!

Cynthia - Well, I'd pick your dhal puris and okra :))

SeeC - Easy to pick, right!

Pelicano said...

Jyothsna- your puris and baji are lovely- you made them for yourself eh? Always a good thing! (I make splendid things once in awhile just for me, to remind me how special I am...) :-)

Pasta with tomato sauce is a regular on my table- not much is quicker!

bee said...

is that why your posts didn't show up on FBD? lovely dishes, my dear.

Kumudha said...

Everything looks delicious!

Nupur said...

Love the idea of microwaved okra!

Sig said...

hey great idea to make those yummy pooris when the husband was gone.. I am sure he is drooling over the pics now :D, that will show him... And nice express meals too Jyo, 5 express dishes, hope Shaheen is happy now :D

Vcuisine said...

All in one post Jyothsna. Lovely. Viji

Rajitha said...

i hear ya on making puris even if you are alone. It is the same for me, if temptation strikes ( which is often) all my good intentions go kaput!

Jyothsna said...

Pel - Ah, you agree with me? Making something for myself does give me a high!

Bee - Yeah, thanks for dropping in.

Kumudha - Welcome to Currybazaar!

Nupur - Oh, it tastes awesome too!

Sig - Ya, hubby is jealous :D. And Shaheen isn't complaining anymore!:D

Viji - Yes, all in one for not being able to post any of them all this while :)

Rajitha - Welcome here. It's okay to give in to temptations sometimes :)

timepass said...

First timer to ur blog, enjoyedit every bit

mystic rose said...

alu poori sounds so yummyyy right now!

tho i must admit im terrible at making rotis/pooris. and ive tried so much and gave up. ant seem to get the dough right.

mystic rose said...

teach me rotis, please! ;)

Susan said...

I'll take a couple of puris, please, since I just returned from the gym. :)

Happy cook said...

thankx for the visit,
I love the hakka Noodles.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Ur pooris look yummy and delicious dear......The bhindi curry too :-)

zlamushka said...

Hey Jyothsna,

thanx for visiting my blog and saying such nice things about my sister-bride. I was looking at the recipes, it seems like we have a lot in common. We both cook things from all over the world. I like that. My favorite from these ar okra (I make mine with lot less ingredients, so today I learned something again) and the Chinese Noodle dish. I love Chinese cuisine, so I am happy to see other people do, too.

Bharathy said...

So you posted the complete meal for "express" after that yummy dessert,right..??
Nice to note that you could participatethe tea party too!!..e-envy!!:)..

Pravs said...

Who can resist poori's right ? Looks so good all puffed up :D
Jyothsna, i have something waiting for you in my blog...check it out.

Susan said...

Jyothsna, you struck an excellent, accidental compromise with your husband. You got your puris and he wasn't tempted by them. My willpower would melt at these eats, too. : )

Jyothsna said...

Timepass - Welcome here and keep stopping by!

Mystic rose - :) I too am still a "designer" in that area!!

Susan - Yeah, you can have a whole load of them :)

Happycook - Welcome here and you can have that plate!

Sirisha - Thankyou!

Zlamushka - Welcome here! We learn something from everyone, isn't it!

Bharathy - Yes :) Ok, you can take some puris too.

Pravs - Thankyou..... and thakyou again!

Susan - Yeah, willpower simply weakens on seeing good food :)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Wow! three entries for one event! great jyothsna! And all of them are easy too! those pooris are lovely!

Mallugirl said...

happy onam, where is the sadya? or u still sleeping off after hogging?

Jyothsna said...

Thanks Latha and Mallugirl.

Lotus Reads said...

Hi, Jyo!

I think I must have your menu taped on my fridge because last week I made puri bhaji (though, truth be told, yours looks much better than mine!) bhindi and Chow!!! Weird coincidence, no? :)

Jyothsna said...

Hey Lotus, I'd love to stick some menu ideas on my fridge too. Won't have to think much about it then!

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

the hakka noodles looks really inviting.....nice post

Jeena said...

Wonderful pasta recipe it looks delicious! :)

Jyothsna said...

Kitchen scientist and Jeena - Thanks!

Pav Bhaji said...

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