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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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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!

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Daal Poori/ Deep fried Indian bread stuffed with Lentils


  • 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


  1. For making the stuffing, heat 1 tbs oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida and ginger to the pan.
  2. Once they start to splatter, pour the boiled lentil and start cooking in low heat.
  3. 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.
  4. Then, keep it aside and let it cool completely. Once it is cooled, the filling will become more dry and crumbly.
  5. For the poori, mix flour with carom seeds, salt and oil. Add some water and start kneading.
  6. Once the dough is ready and the stuffing is completely cooled, you can start the making the pooris.
  7. Divide the dough in equal tiny balls.
  8. Roll the balls a little, pour 1 tsp filling in the center and wrap it to form a ball again.
  9. 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.
  10. In a deep pan or wok, heat enough oil for frying the pooris.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The poori should take about 30 seconds on each side and should turn golden in color.
  14. Take it out of the wok, put it in kitchen towel and let it drain the extra oil.
  15. Continue frying rest of the pooris and serve immediately with your choice of side or pickle.

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  • Soma
    September 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM

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

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 27, 2011 at 11:48 AM

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

  • Christine
    September 26, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Great post. Love the photos.

  • Divya
    September 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    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 :).

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    September 26, 2011 at 7:25 PM

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

  • Manu
    September 26, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    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
    September 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

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

  • Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    September 26, 2011 at 7:52 PM

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

  • Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    September 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    This fried bread looks gorgeous!

  • Jessica
    September 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    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
    September 27, 2011 at 12:21 AM

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

  • Sissi
    September 27, 2011 at 1:26 AM

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

  • Sia
    September 27, 2011 at 2:17 AM

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

  • Spandana
    September 27, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Poori looks delicious.. i like the bucket 🙂

  • Alyssa
    September 27, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    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
    September 27, 2011 at 4:26 AM

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

  • Tina@flourtrader
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    September 27, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    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!

  • ChopinandMysaucepan
    September 27, 2011 at 5:53 AM

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

  • gloria
    September 27, 2011 at 6:11 AM

    These look yumm! gloria

  • Krithi
    September 27, 2011 at 7:33 AM

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

  • lisaiscooking
    September 27, 2011 at 8:01 AM

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

  • San
    September 27, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    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!

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    September 27, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    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.

  • Keerthana@LifenSpice
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    September 27, 2011 at 9:10 AM

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

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    September 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Nom..nom..I want them now!

  • Charles
    September 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM

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

  • sayantani
    September 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM

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

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      Toma keo janai 🙂 Pujo khub miss korbo this year!

  • visda
    September 27, 2011 at 11:14 AM

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

  • Manju
    September 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

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

  • Sobha Shyam
    Sobha Shyam
    September 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

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

  • Suzi
    September 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM

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

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    September 27, 2011 at 1:57 PM

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

  • Richa@HobbyandMore
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    September 27, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    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
    September 27, 2011 at 3:04 PM

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

  • Yummy Morsel
    Yummy Morsel
    September 27, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Perfect snack!Yum..

  • aipi
    September 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    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
    September 27, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    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!

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    September 27, 2011 at 7:26 PM

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

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise
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    September 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    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 🙂

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    September 28, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    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
    September 28, 2011 at 8:42 AM

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

  • Kimberley
    September 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM

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

  • Malli
    September 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM

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

  • Lisa H.
    Lisa H.
    September 28, 2011 at 2:48 PM

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

  • Mary
    September 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    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.

  • Simply Life
    Simply Life
    September 28, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    I love that these have lentils in them – brillant!

  • Ann
    September 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM

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

  • nisha
    September 29, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    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
    September 29, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    Those look amazing! Nice lentil stuffing.



  • Anna
    September 30, 2011 at 5:50 AM

    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.

  • Sarah@ Homestyle Cooking Around The World
    [email protected] Homestyle Cooking Around The World
    September 30, 2011 at 1:47 PM

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

  • Sandhya
    September 30, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Thank u for making it to my space…

    Dal poori is just soo authentic…Lovely pics…

  • Julie
    September 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM

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

  • Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    September 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

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

  • CHeryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
    CHeryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
    October 2, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    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!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    October 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    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
    October 4, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Love poori! And your photos are simply gorgeous!

  • Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice
    Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice
    October 8, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    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
    October 12, 2011 at 12:45 AM

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

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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