Gujarati Tikhi Puri (તીખી પુરી)
Updated: May 15
Tikhi puri is one of my all time favorite Gujarati Fried Flatbreads. This recipe definitely takes me back to my childhood. My mom would make my brother and I Tikhi Puri every Saturday! These are perfect for an afternoon snack with some fresh homemade Chai.
1 1/2 cups of Roti Flour
3-4 Tbs of Ghee (Clarified Butter)
2 Tbs of Garlic Paste
2 Tbs of Green Chili Paste
1 Tbs of Cumin Seed
1 Tbs of Ajwain Seed
1 Tbs of Sesame Seed
1 Tbs of Salt (or to your taste)
2 Tsp of Turmeric
2 Tsp of Red Chili Powder
1 Tsp of Sugar
1/2 - 1 cup of hot water
Oil for Deep Frying
*Roti Flour is typically made of whole wheat flour. This can be found in any Indian super market or even Persian markets.
Begin by mixing your flour, cumin, ajwain, sesame, salt, tumeric, red chili powder, sugar, garlic and green chili paste in a large bowl. Then slowly add in your Ghee. Once you have mixed in your Ghee, the texture should be crumbly. If you take some of the mixture in your hands and make a fist, it should hold its shape. If it does not, then add a bit more ghee until it does, then slowly add your water. You want to form a semi soft dough. It should be soft enough to work with, but not soft enough to stick to your fingers.
Once your dough has been formed, divide your dough into small little balls and roll them out with a rolling pin. You can also use a tortilla press, just be sure that your puri is not left too thick.
Once all your puri's have been rolled out, deep fry your puri's in very hot oil. I like to keep my rolled out puri's on a silicone baking sheet while they wait to be fried. Hot oil is cruicial for your puri's to puff up. Be careful when doing this, as the whole spices in the puri's tend to pop. You want to lightly press down on your puri's when frying them, this will allow them to puff up nicely.
Once all your puri's have been fried, you can eat them with hot Chai or store them for a few days in an air tight container. They are definitely best served immediately. Hope you guys like this Gujarati snack as much as I do!