Daal Poori/ Deep fried Indian bread stuffed with Lentils — Guest Post for Radhika @ Food for 7 Stages of Life

We Indians are used to eating a lot of flat breads. In most of the Indian kitchens, it’s prepared every day and paired with some side dish or lentil soup. Having said that, if you are from eastern India, we are more used to eating rice in our daily meal.

It’s only after my marriage that I started to cook and eat paratha or roti on a regular basis. One of the most common flat bread preparation is stuffed paratha, which I am still struggling with, but stuffed poori with lentil is something I managed to learn faster.

Poori is puffed up bread that is deep fried and very commonly prepared at home for Sunday breakfasts. It goes perfect with any curry, pickle or even with tea for snacks.

Today I am sharing with you a simple ‘daal poori’ recipe which I had made especially for my friend Radhika of Food for 7 Stage of Life.

Radhika is one of my very close blogger friend who lives in the Garden State of America with her loving husband. She is very passionate about cooking, writing and she shares it beautifully along with some picture perfect photographs in her blog.

What I love the most about her is her warm and friendly attitude. When we were about to talk on the phone for the first time, I was wondering how it would be.. well, it felt like I knew her for ever, that’s the kind of comfort level she gave me! When she asked me do the guest post and told that she likes savory vegetarian dishes, I immediately thought of these pooris and I hope she likes it.

It’s always a pleasure to share a recipe in your friend’s blog.

Daal is an Indian soup made with pulses (dried lentils). I used ‘toor daal’ to make the stuffing but you can use any other kind of lentils. These pooris are usually prepared with left-over lentils that are slow cooked to dehydrate it completely. Cooking the lentil soup for long hours will eventually make it dry and crumbly and that’s the texture we need for this recipe. These dry crumbs are then used as stuffing inside the poori.

You can use your choice of spice mix in the crumbs. The only key thing is to make sure that it is not moist or else, when you roll the stuffed dough, it will tear apart. Well, I am horrible in making stuffed paratha and if I could stuff these pooris, then anyone can 🙂

When plain pooris are fried in hot oil, they puff a lot but these pooris will not puff as much and that’s because of the stuffing inside. Just fry it to golden color and enjoy these hot with some curry or just pickle.

So, lets hop in to Radhika’s blog now and see the detail recipe. And while u are there, don’t miss reading her DIY project!

Daal Poori/ Deep fried Indian bread stuffed with Lentils — Guest Post for Radhika @ Food for 7 Stages of Life

Serving Size: makes 12 poori

Daal Poori/ Deep fried Indian bread stuffed with Lentils — Guest Post for Radhika @ Food for 7 Stages of Life


  • For the stuffing
  • 1 1/2 cup boiled lentil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil
  • For the poori
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • water to knead the dough
  • oil for deep frying the poori


  • For making the stuffing, heat 1 tbs oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida and ginger to the pan.
  • Once they start to splatter, pour the boiled lentil and start cooking in low heat.
  • Add rest of the spice mix (turmeric, coriander powder, chili powder), chopped green chilies and tamarind paste. Cook in low heat and keep stirring in between until it becomes dry and all the water is absorbed.
  • Then, keep it aside and let it cool completely. Once it is cooled, the filling will become more dry and crumbly.
  • For the poori, mix flour with carom seeds, salt and oil. Add some water and start kneading.
  • Once the dough is ready and the stuffing is completely cooled, you can start the making the pooris.
  • Divide the dough in equal tiny balls.
  • Roll the balls a little, pour 1 tsp filling in the center and wrap it to form a ball again.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll it to a 2 inch diameter circle. You need to be patient while doing this or else it might break apart.
  • In a deep pan or wok, heat enough oil for frying the pooris.
  • To test if the oil is at the right temperature, drop a tiny piece of dough in the oil and if it rises up immediately, you are ready to fry the pooris.
  • Drop just one poori in the wok at a time. With the back of your spatula, press the poori very lightly and it will start puffing up. Remember that these pooris will not puff like normal pooris as they have stuffing inside.
  • The poori should take about 30 seconds on each side and should turn golden in color.
  • Take it out of the wok, put it in kitchen towel and let it drain the extra oil.
  • Continue frying rest of the pooris and serve immediately with your choice of side or pickle.

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Soma says:

They look perfect! and making me hungry. I make dal puris by making paratha and when i fry them its Radhaballabi 🙂

Kankana says:

Thanks yaar .. i had no idea about Radhaballabi. Now, I have one more dish to try when I visit Kolkata 🙂

Christine says:

Great post. Love the photos.

Divya says:

Beautiful photos as usual! I saw daal puris on Food Network the other day and really wanted to make them but didn’t have a recipe. Now I do :).

Dahi aloo and poori on sunday morning! What a treat! Lovely clicks Kankana! Heading over right now.

Manu says:

These look so good! I often make puris, but I have never stuffed them! This is a great idea! I am definitely going to try it!

Grishma says:

Super!! Love it…all festive festive!! Perfect for diwali 🙂

Thanks so much for this beautiful and luscious post dear. I have to make these pooris soon. yumm

This fried bread looks gorgeous!

Jessica says:

Thank you for introducing us to such a wonderful blogger! These sound like my kind of bread. Absolutely delicious!! Never tried them before but I know I’d love them =)

Liren says:

It’s been a long while since I have had this treat – you make it look so very easy…and gorgeous!

Sissi says:

Your pooris look appealing even for a non-vegetarian! I would give so much to have them now on my desk 😉

Sia says:

gorgeous and mouth watering pics! i’m heading over to Radhika’s blog for the recipe 🙂

Spandana says:

Poori looks delicious.. i like the bucket 🙂

Alyssa says:

I’ve seen a restaurant that serves these, but I’ve never tried them. The next time I am there, I will be ordering this!

Joanne says:

I’ve yet to encounter an Indian bread that I don’t like…this looks fabulous!

Indian fry bread makes for a great snack! The fact that you have added this tasty filling makes it all the better. Well done-Yum!

This bread looks so versatile I would love it with some spicy Indian curry!

gloria says:

These look yumm! gloria

Krithi says:

So perfectly and beautifully done Kankana… Would love to try this…

The stuffing sounds delicious! What a great breakfast or snack.

San says:

Hey kankana,

Daal poori is absolutely new to me and it’s so much delectable. Bookmarked the recipe dear. The pics are vibrant. I agree with you, radhika is so sweet. Happy blogging!

My day has just started and now I”ll be craving dal poori the whole day..
God I am drooling seeing these and imagining their taste.
Hot out of wok with some achaar… Perfect.
Beautiful clicks as always.

They look perfect and they are making me hungry! I’m definitely going to try this one!

Nom..nom..I want them now!

Charles says:

Wow, how beautiful – I love your blog… it’s giving me so much inspiration to try so many different things. These look amazing and I’ve never heard of them. I always worry because it’s difficult to find quite a lot of “non-traditonal” stuff in France but I’m going to do my best and try some of your amazing recipes 🙂

Kankana says:

Thanks Charles 🙂 I hope you get the ingredients and let me know how it goes!

sayantani says:

what a beautiful post kankana. lovely clicks. ajke ki korle. Mahalaya’r anek shubhechha.

Kankana says:

Toma keo janai 🙂 Pujo khub miss korbo this year!

visda says:

Yummy! This makes me so hungry that I would like to have lunch right now. Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous post.

Manju says:

ohh yumm!!! I love these stuffed pooris but somehow never made any on my own! Im heading over to Radhika’s for the recipe. 🙂

look so yum, new recipe to me..lovely pooris and superb clicks..

Suzi says:

Wonderful photos. I would really love to try making this. I’m going to check out your friends blog. Thanks!

I love dal pooris. I usually make it during Karva Chauth – perfect to break the fast with these pooris 🙂

yummmmyyyy… i love daal pooris.. its been so long since i made any!.. perfect timing.. its time to hit the kitchen and make all these fun festive snacks!
Lovely clicks again kankana!

sally says:

It is not a good idea to read your blog when I’m hungry. These poori look fantastic and are making me hungrier :).

aipi says:

Dalpuri makes me feel right at home. It is so much a part of culture in my native place that this is the first thing a newly wed bride makes in her sasural.
Beautifully done Kankana! I make it myself n have blogged about it as well 🙂

Sarah says:

This looks spectacular. Pooris have always been close to my heart but surprisingly I’ve never had them stuffed. Thanks for sharing these, K. Yum!

delicious looking dal poori lovely pictures will check out your post
regards Akheela

I have never heard of Daal Poori before but it looks like a yummy treat..
As always I am in love with your photography kankana 🙂

Did you say deep fried stuffed bread? I thought so, I am already there- got my fryer out now and ready to go! LOL! Oh I love this dish, so simple yet so fun and flavorful. Love that you added lentils to it! AWESOME

sarah says:

Oh wow- it just all looks so fantastic! Lovely post…

Kimberley says:

I love poori! Not that I ever eat it, but still. Yummers.

Malli says:

The Dal Pooris look so tempting… especially those photos make me want at least one bite of these yummy goodies!!

Lisa H. says:

Beautiful poori n gorgeous photos..
I’ve had poori before but not with. Lentils filling… brilliant 🙂

Mary says:

These look perfect! I have never heard of slow cooking lentils to dry them out like that. Now I want to try it and see what it tastes like.

I love that these have lentils in them – brillant!

Ann says:

This is absolutely amazing! I love flat breads, I love fried breads and I LOVE lentils! I buzzed this one – happily!

nisha says:

wow…i had no clue u cud stuff poori, which is one of absolute favs btw.
Next time in in the deep frying mode, i shall give these a go…

Rosa says:

Those look amazing! Nice lentil stuffing.



Anna says:

I had difficulty in the Indian words, but I love that you are sharing important ingredients and tuff from the Indian cuisine and culture. I hope i can find all the ingredients so i can start working on this recipe.

Wow- wonderful post= pictures & food! I will have to try these.

Sandhya says:

Thank u for making it to my space…

Dal poori is just soo authentic…Lovely pics…

Julie says:

Lovely puris .. Filling is yum yum..
First time here and you have a neat space.
Do drop by my space too
Erivum Puliyum

Wow! I’ve never seen puris like this before! They look so delicious!

You know how much one of us loves Poori and that same someone is very happy to see this post! Again such a delicious recipe, for which we thank you and by the way the photos are just beautiful!

Yummy bread…look so crisp and perfect!! Great guest post, really enjoyed reading and drooling over pics!
I wish you both great week ahead!

Fern says:

Love poori! And your photos are simply gorgeous!

Thanks for introducing me to this gorgeous dish! I adore lentils and am always looking for new ways to use them. Lovely photos, too.

Mythreyi says:

Never heard this Dal Poori Kankana!!! Bookmarked your recipe, it’s a must try for me 🙂

Yum! Yum! Yum!