May 10, 2007


Pudina Masala Poori made of plain flour,spices and mint,is my contribution to Nupur from 'One Hot Stove" blog's "A to Z Indian Vegetables"s event.This week's letter is "P", thanks for hosting Nupur!:)

Mint Leaves or Pudina:

I have a surplus supply of Mint and Chives in my backyard this year.I thought I would make something with Pudina which is Mint leaves in Hindi and put those delicious herbs to use.Poories are fried bread from India for somebody who don't know about it.Just adding some Mint leaves to any dish makes it wonderfully fragrant.

With the addition of spices,they are a delight to eat all by themselves but I served with some Tomato chutney I always have in the fridge.You could skip all the spices in the Poories if you like,just add salt and minced mint leaves,still tastes great.Hope you give these a try:)

Pudina(Mint) Poories:

How to make these Poories:Serves two

Mix 1/2 cup wheat flour(atta),1/4 cup Plain flour,salt,2 tbsp minced Mint leaves,1/4 tsp pepper pd pd,1 tsp Cumin pd,1/4 tsp ginger pd or fresh grated ginger,1 tbsp yogurt,a pinch of turmeric and add enough water to make a stiff dough.Cover and let it rest for 15mins.Heat oil to medium heat or 350F to deep fry.Divide the dough to about 6-8 small sized pieces.Make round balls,flatten and roll out to 1/8" thick about 4-5" circles.

You can use 4" cookie cutter to cut them.Place them on clean towel and slide in one Poori in the oil carefully,press down gently with the spatula until they puff and then flip and fry the other side until golden,drain on the paper towel.Repeat with others.Do not leave the Poories too long after rolling them.If they get dry,they don't puff as much.

Because of the minced Mint leaves and spices which are in the dough,these Poories do not puff like balloons as the regular ones do but they do taste delicious!!

Serve: Serve them with some plain yogurt or any chutney you like.They are quick to make if you are organized!:))

A plate of delicious spicy Minty Pooris with Tomato chutney:

Tomato Chutney:

Click here for Tomato chutney recipe.

Happy Mother's day to all of you and have a great weekend!:)


Arts said...

Lucky u that u always have Pudina at hand.. sum1's jealous here ;)
nice crispy puris!! evn I prepare tomato chutney the same way.. tastes delicious! Lovely combination!

Sharmi said...

Am I the first?
I saw this puris in some other blog too. they look so great. will have to give it a try. nice one for "P".

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Hey, this looks wonderful!!! I had tried methi puris earlier.... Masala puris sounds like a gr8 idea. will try this soon!!! tx :))

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,
Great Mint poori with tomato.chut combo...I heard about mint.poori first from Viji's from yours...

Let me also try this....How is weather over there?Oh My god here its hot like Indian climate..pastfew days....

FH said...

Thanks Arts! It's easy to grow mint in a pot inside the house too.Try it.You can use seeds or a little plant to start with:)

Hi Sharmi,you are second!;D
I know,Mint parathas and poories are common recipes.I had lot of mint around,so I made it too.Don't forget to check out the FH too Sharmi:))
Happy Mother's day.

Mishmash ! said...

That was another smart move from you !!!
Hey, I wanted to see the pics and checked out your "Em..Me..." post but its showing page not found :(


FH said...

You are welcome Ramya.These poories you can eat them without any chutney as well.Very tasty,try it:))

Hi Usha,I saw Viji's too,little different from this but equally delicious.Hope you try both:))
It suddenly got cold here last week,went down to 40F and then this week it came up to 70F which is lot nicer weather for Spring.Enjoy the sunshine there!:))

Arts said...

btw, I m seeing Puri's evrywhere(i mean, on both of ur blogs) :) seems u had a Puri-daar week :D ;)

And abt planting Pudina.. ther's hardly any sun here.. so dunno if it'll evr happen :( But good thing is tht I can find it in the Indian store sometimes :)

Pravs said...

Hmm..crispy puris. With masala already in poori...will it taste good to have like a snack with tea ?

Manasi said...

Hey they look so good!! I generally do not use mint... but this seems real yum... time i change the way i think!!!

FH said...

Hi shn,apparently not a smart move,others have the similar dish too for "P"!!;D Oh well..I had too much Pudina anyway:)
I will check with that post right away,check back later.

Arts,I made this 2 week's ago,saved the photos to post at the right time!;D
You can freeze the Mint too,keeps forever and fresh whenever you want to use it:)

Absolutely great for tea Pravs.You can add more of your fav spices like 1 tsp Rasam pd etc in the dough,tastes great without anything on the side.Try it:))

FH said...

Hi Manasi,I know what you mean!Sometimes I see some dishes in other blogs,and I go "Huh! You can do that?":D
Try this with mint,very fragrant and refreshing to bite in to the mint.Enjoy:)

Unknown said...

wow tomato chutney seems wow wud love to have1

Li'l Lite said...


FH said...

Hi P,thanks.Hope you make it this weekend,Its easy:))

Hi dr,you are welcome!;D

Shobana senthilkumar said...

ur puris looks crispy.i will surely try this.I am new to this blogging world .Pls do visit my blog and give ur comments.

FH said...

Hi Pr,welcome to blogosphere:)
Glad you liked it,give it a try.I will visit you.

Roopa said...

hmm puri.... love it. masala puri yumm... with the chutney looks so tempting.
Today again it is raining heavily, climate very gloomy made my day difficult to wake my D and sent to school. even my son got up while leaving to office so all rona dona while leaving making me feel very sad to see the poor little one cry...:( thanks to the Ganesha movie Cd's which helped me to pacify him..
Have a great weekend hugs :)bye

Anonymous said...

Yummy looking pooris Asha! I found some chives out in the old herb garden I had a few years ago -- didn't even realise they were still there! Maybe this year I'll try some mint too. You gardeners are inspiring me! Hope you don't get too drenched from Andrea -- a little rain is good anytime! :)

Anonymous said...

I generally make methi masala to try with methi..

The puris looks really mouthwatering

Coffee said...

WAH!!!! These poori's are getting the much needed attention these days!!!

The other day I saw someone with palak puri and now you with pudina puri!!! Nice variations Asha!!! Nothing from me for P this time :(

FH said...

If kids are miserable,it is hard to concentrate on work we have,I know!My kids like Ganesha too!:D We don't have CD but loads of Amar Chitra Katha books.They Kumbhakarna story and Hanuman.Hope weather gets better there.Hugs Roopa:)

Hi Linda,you can Chives too to these Pooris,tastes great as well.Throw some mint seeds,easy to grow as long as they have some light and water,they are good.
Hope it doesn't rain too much,these Dagwood trees are so delicate they start to fall like crazy.
Have fun weekend Linda:)

FH said...

Hi Sushma,these are very fragrant and yummy to eat.Hope you try.I haven't tried Methi Pooris,got to try:))

Coffee,you are right,I think it's Manasi's.I loved the color bcos she used the Spinach puree to get green Pooris!!YUM!!Got to try that.
It's okay to skip some events,no obligation or anything,it should be fun,right? Take it easy and have a great weekend.Hugs:))

Deepak Gopi said...

Happy mothers day :)

FH said...

Thank you Deepak!:))

Kribha said...

Looks great Asha. The first time I saw this dish I thought you used tomato to give it some color. I have never done anything but the usual pooris. Nice recipe to try. Thanks :))

Richa said...

hi asha, lovely looking puri's :)
mint is a great addition, i've some dried mint with me. mint puri & tomato chutney will go so well together, yum!!! excellent entry.
have a great weekend!

FH said...

Hi Kribha,hope you try these,excellent to eat even without chutney.Happy Mother's day:)

Hi Richa,thanks girl:))
Try and use fresh Mint with this.Sometimes dry ones lose all the flavor.You can buy and freeze the mint too to use fresh any time.Have a fun weekend:)

Latha said...

The pooris Look so yummy Asha! And tomato chutney looks delectable,lickable!You have a very happy mother's day
Love Latha

Kajal said...

Hi Asha,
Creative idea about making puri.............I sure try once..........
Nice entry for Nupur event.
Thanks for sharing.:))))))))))

Ayesha Seerin said...

Looks really lovely ...
The combinations looks tempting
I'll probably catch up for "Q" ..

FH said...

Hi Latha,thanks.Have a great weekend sweetie.Don't cook tomorrow,they should be feeding you for a change!;D

Thanks Kajal.I didn't think of anything else since I had LOT of mint!!:D Hope you try.

Hi Ayesha,are you commenting from India? Good to see you.Don't miss the FH this week,you get to see my family!!Have fun there!
Enjoy and I will see you for "Q",next Wednesday I will post Andhra Cuisine:))

Sig said...

Pudina Puris, Asha u never stop to amaze me... :) You never have to worry about someone coming up with the same dish as you for an event :)... BTW, what are the purple leaves in the poori dough, are those mint leaves too?
PS. I liked your statement: "They are quick to make if you are organized!" ... :) you hit the nail on that one, my biggest problem in the kitchen...

FH said...

Hi Sig,
I think I saw a mint Puris somewhere in the other blog,hope it's not for this event!;p
Yes,they are young mint leaves from the top,as they mature they turn minty green.Young ones are less intense than mature ones which tastes like Indian Binaca toothpaste!:D
My aunt is like that,spends the whole day doing something sloooowly!I am ultra fast cook,keep everything ready before I start and am done and out of the kitchen in a jiffy!:D

Mona said...

WOW! YUM YUM..I love tomato chutney!


I wish we girls could all get together and celebrate that one!

Love to you & your family!

Chef Jeena said...

Hey Asha nice recipe looks yummy :)

FH said...

Hi Mona,Happy mother's day to you too darling!:))
Oh! How I would love that girl!! It would have been so much fun to get together and have a blast:))
Make sure you have a great Sunday Mona,hugs.

Hi Jeena,thank you so much.Enjoy:))

Suma Gandlur said...

Asha, Puris look delicious. Will give it a try. Happy Mother's day

Sia said...

so this how u use ur surplus mint;) optimum utilisation of products;) he he he... just when i thought u might cook something with palak u surprised me with these mint poories:) good one ashakka:) got to try this one as we both love the touch of mint in anything. atleast it does help to hide that garlic and onion smell;) he he he...

FH said...

Hi Suma,thank you:))Hope you had a great day too yesterday.Try Mint Pooris,they are good good.

Hi Sia,caught me just before the new post!!!:D
Once you fry Pooris,you don't smell the ginger much (no Garlic in there!)but these (US Style Peppermints)mints are so strong,you taste the refreshing mint in every bite!Try it:))
I have been using Mints and Chives in EVERYTHING these days;D