Jaggery Puris or Dhebra

Sunday morning, dad is craving his favorite – jaggery puris and green moong daal with a potato curry. He tells mom to make it, and mom starts preparation. Within an hour lunch is ready. That’s how quick and efficient was my mother.  Our wish was her command. She made what was requested of her, without any complaints, and without any fuss. Her Kitchen was her sanctuary – a place where she could be her own boss.  Both my grandmothers made these puris, and they made it in bulk to eat it for the next couple of days, even with breakfast and they taste so good with masala chai, and the garlic chutney!! This is perhaps my dad and brother’s favorite meal, and when they are eating this meal, they will NOT talk to you, or look at you. They focus totally on the food, and eat like there is no tomorrow 😉 It is a pretty funny sight!

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Mom’s puris always turned out absolutely perfect, crispy on the edges, super soft and pliable in the middle, a nice brown buldge on the top, a perfect vehicle for the daal and the potatoes. I would help her make it ofcourse, her sous chef in the kitchen always! I make it 2-3 times a year, as a treat for my kids cause they LOVE this dish too – next gen yes! I do not make it often cause it is fried after all, and I avoid making fried foods as much as I can.

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I was making this meal a month ago, and my dough was really tough for some reason. The taste was fantastic but they were not soft and pliable like how they normally are, and I had done something wrong, and I did not have a recipe written down. So I called my aunt(masi – mom’s sister), in the U.K, and asked for tips on what went wrong. She is a kitchen doctor, and knows what could be the mistake in something that I have done! So I used ghee instead of vegetable oil in the dough which made it tough. Thanks masi ! So I made the puris again after a week with vegetable oil and they turned out PERFECT! Just like my mom’s, with the PERFECT Texture! I was thrilled! Hence I decided to write the recipe down and share it with you all. 🙂

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I don’t know one person who does not enjoy this meal, especially with the hot puris taken out from the hot oil, and the piping hot green moong daal  OR my three lentil daal, along with the potato curry. It is generally eaten with garlic chutney, and the whole combination of sweet, salty, spicy, sour is simply fantastic, lip smacking delicious! My daughter loves it spicy and has it with the spicy garlic chutney! This is a very traditional Gujarati meal, one that you will NOT get in any restaurant! As my husband always says, if you want to eat an authentic Indian or Gujarati meal, be friends with an Indian or a Gujarati and you will get the best satisfying meal that will surely remember for a very long time!

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If you do try this recipe, please do not forget to tag #thejamlab on Instagram and/or leave a comment in the below blog post to let me know how you liked it !

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In other news, Indian festival season has started, along with the American festivals too! My favorite Indian festivals are Navratri and Diwali! I will not go into the mythology of these events, but one thing I want to mention about Navratri is mom would fast for 9 days, having only fruit, milk and nuts. I would accompany her on some of my college years. At the end of the Navratri, she would call around 12 girls from the nearby slums, to come home for a meal. Mom would make an elaborate Gujarati meal for the girls, and in the end she would give them like a party pack 😉 of bangles, bindis, other miscellaneous stuff, along with some cash for them. The smile on their faces is all you needed to see and make your day. Mom and dad were and are very empathic towards others, and have always been willing to help others in need. They were and are very generous and always willing to give to others. These are the traits that I want to make sure I instill in my kids, to be empathetic, compassionate, and loving human beings. Rest all falls into place. With that note, I will end this blog post.

 

Much Love and light,

XO

Amisha

 

Jaggery Puris or Dhebra

Ingredients

  • Serves 7-8 people
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 110 gms jaggery
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. To make the jaggery water:
  2. In a small saucepan, on high heat, add the water and jaggery and let the jaggery start melting. It will take 7 minutes for the jaggery to fully melt. Let the water boil for another 3 minutes for a total of 10 minutes. Switch it off. This should be about 1 to 1 ¼ cup of jaggery water. Let it cool till it is warm to the touch about 10-15 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, add in the flour and salt and whisk. Slowly add in about ¾ cup of the warm jaggery water and start mixing it with the dough. Add in 2 tbsp of the oil at this point and knead the dough. If there is still dry flour left, add ¼ cup of the warm jaggery water and knead again for 2-3 minutes. The dough should be pliable and soft and no flour should be left in the bowl. The dough should look light brown in color. If required add in 2 tbsp of water at a time till the dough is soft and pliable. It should not be hard.
  4. Add the last tbsp. of vegetable oil and knead the dough for another minute. You can add another tbsp if you feel the dough is slightly hard, to make it soft. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  5. To make the puris:
  6. In a large dutch oven or a large frying pan, add in the oil for frying the puris halfway up the pan/oven. On high heat, heat the oil. It will take atleast 7 minutes to heat up the oil. Bring it up to a frying temperature of 350 degrees F. To do an oil test, take a tiny bit of the dough between your fingers, and drop it in the hot oil. If it comes up immediately and floats you know your oil is ready to fry the puris.
  7. Keep a little warm oil in a small bowl on the side of the rolling board. Take about 60 gms of the dough, roll it perfectly round between the palm of your hands, dip it slightly in the oil and put it on the rolling board. Now press it down with your 2 fore fingers. Now start rolling with a rolling pin, in a circular motion to form a round circle, till it is between 7 and 8 inches in diameter. Cut it into 9 pieces with two equi-distant horizontal cuts and two equi-distant vertical cuts in the roti.
  8. Remove the pieces and put it on a plate, and slowly start frying 2-3 at a time for about 20-30 seconds on each side. They should look dark brownish in color. Continue the process until all the puris are made. If you do not want to make all into puris. You can also simply put it on a flat pan, add a bit of oil and make parathas.
  9. This portion will serve atleast 7-8 people.
  10. Best eaten with green moong daal, or teen daal - recipe on my blog; along with a spicy garlic dry chutney.
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