Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bedmi poori - A delight from the holy city of Varanasi

Varanasi or Kashi, as it is known in South India, is famous for being one of the holiest cities known to Indians. People often spend their last days in this city in the belief that breathing their last there will give them moksham (liberation from the cycle of life and death).
The food of the city is just as good as something that you would expect from "the" holy city. However, it is not as well known outside, as the food of Mumbai or Delhi. Bedmi pooris are usually associated with Agra and New Delhi. However, this is a popular breakfast dish in Varanasi as well. Coarsely ground urad dal with spices is mixed with wheat flour and then deep fried to make these delicious spicy puris. It is usually served with potato curry to make a complete meal.

What you need:

Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Green chilli - 2
Ginger - small 1 inch piece
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Sooji/rava/semolina - 3 tbsp.
Oil - for deep frying + 1 tbsp.

Wash urad dal well and soak in cold water for 1 hour. Drain and grind along with green chilli and ginger to a coarse paste. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and garam masala to this along with a little salt. Mix in wheat flour and rava and more salt if needed. Add water, a little at a time and knead to a stiff dough. Knead in 1 tbsp. of oil, cover and keep aside for an hour.

To make puris:
Pinch out small lemon sized balls of the dough. Roll each dough ball into a 4-5 inch circle.
Deep fry in hot oil, cooking until both sides puff up and are slightly reddish brown.
Serve hot with aloo curry.

This is my entry to Week 4 of Blogging marathon #85 under the theme breakfast dishes from different places.


Srivalli said...

That's a lovely dish Jay. I have so many other versins of Bedmi pooris, this one is yet to be tried!

Priya Suresh said...

I had a fabulous experience of eating this incredible bedmi poori by dishing out by myself and one of my favourite poori definitely.

vaishali sabnani said...

Lovely Bedmi Poori , I normally add a little coarse flour too , it gives a nice crunch to the pooris . Definitely a super one.

Sandhiya said...

Never had tasted this before, but by looking at the ingredient list, i'm sure that this poori would be delicious !!

MySpicyKitchen said...

These pooris are on to try list. Though poori is favorite at home, unsure how these would be received.

जयन्ति said...

Wow this is a new one to me. Puri will urad dhal. Love it. Jayanthi(

cookingwithsapana said...

Bedmi is popular throughout Delhi and U.P and is served in family parties. Looks so delicious.

Pavani said...

Bedmi pooris look awesome -- they are packed with protein and great to serve for breakfast. That whole plate looks delicious.

Harini R said...

These pooris are very flavorful and I have tried it at a friend's place.

Padmajha said...

I remember making this long back and the kids loved it so much!

sushma said...

Bedmi poori is on my to do list, Your dish looks delicious

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Bedmi poori is something that I have not yet made. I have made the Benaras famous aloo matar and this would be so delicious with that. Making this soon :)

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Looks yumm dear, poori and potato are wonderful combo ! A wonderful breakfast dish packed with flavors!!!

Mayuri Patel said...

I've heard about these famous bedmi puris but haven't had the opportunity to taste them. Sometimes, though we know about certain foods, we tend to forget about them till someone mentions it. This time bookmarking this recipe so that I can remember about it and make it at home.

Chef Mireille said...

I made these once several years ago and they were so delicious You have reminded me of this and time to update that old post I think ;)