Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}

If there is one Indian dessert recipe you want to learn, ‘paakatali puri’ is the one i would recommend. It is the yummiest recipe which uses few basic ingredients and is also nut free. It is easy to make and tastes heavenly with its crispy and luscious texture!

This week we are celebrating a traditional hindu festival called Naagpanchami. The festival is to worship snakes and there are many legends in hindu mythology narrated to the importance of this day. For me, this festival brings back the memories of my mom making the scrumptious ‘paakatali puri’ – Fried dough flatbreads drenched in sugar syrup infused with saffron and a hint of lemon!

IMG_9433 I have been lucky to be in India for many years during the month of August to enjoy these puris made by my Mom. For the years when we will not be in India, I realized that I am going to miss many hindu festivals and the special FOODS! With Naagpanchami right around the corner, I called up Mom and got the detailed recipe for making ‘paakatali puri’. As Mom was explaining the recipe details, I knew right away that they were going to be pretty simple to make. So here I was on a Sunday morning making the perfectly crisp, sweet and delicious puris!

Here is the step by step no-fail easy paakatali puri recipe:

Mix semolina, all-purpose flour, yogurt and hot ghee.

Using 1-2 tbsp of water knead the flour to make firm dough.

Paakatali Puri - dough

Let the dough sit for 45 mins. Then beat it with a pestle for 5 mins. This step helps make the dough get softer and easier to roll.

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Make 12-15 balls out of the dough and roll them into 2 inch circles. Cut small holes into the rolled puri’s using a knife. Making holes prevents the puri from fluffing up. This step helps to get the right crispy and flaky texture for the dish.

Paakatali Puri - rolling

Make the sugar syrup by boiling the sugar with water, lemon juice and saffron together for 4-5 mins on medium heat. The syrup should look translucent when ready.

Paakatali Puri - syrup

Heat ghee in a small frying pan at medium-low heat. Fry 3-4 puri’s at a time until they are lightly golden on both sides. Take them out of the oil and dip them in the sugar syrup. Keep the fried puri’s in the syrup until the next batch of puris are being fried. Then take the puri’s out of the syrup using a pair of tongs. Repeat this process of frying and soaking in the syrup for rest of the puris These Puri’s can be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days.

Paakatali Puri

Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 15
 
Paakatali puri - fried dough flatbreads drenched in sugar syrup infused with saffron and a hint of lemon!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of rava{semolina}
  • ½ cup maida{all purpose flour}
  • 1 tbsp ghee for dough, hot
  • ¾ cup ghee for frying
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp saffron strands
Instructions
  1. Mix semolina, all-purpose flour, yogurt and hot ghee. Using 1-2 tbsp of warm water knead the flour to make firm dough. Let the dough sit for 45 mins. Then beat it with a pestle for 5 mins to make the dough get softer and easier to roll.
  2. Make 15 balls out of the dough and roll them into 2 inch circles. Cut small holes into the rolled puri's using a knife. Making holes prevents the puri from fluffing up and give the puri's crispy and flaky texture.
  3. Make the sugar syrup by boiling the sugar with ½ cup water, lemon juice and saffron together for 4-5 mins on medium heat. Syrup should look translucent when ready.
  4. Heat ghee in a small frying pan at medium-low heat. Fry 3-4 puri's at a time until they are lightly golden on both sides. Take them out of the oil and dip them in the sugar syrup. Keep the fried puri's in the syrup until the next batch of puris are being fried. Then take the puri's out of the syrup using a pair of tongs. Repeat this process of frying and soaking in the syrup for rest of the puris. These Puri's can be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days.

 

 

18 thoughts on “Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}

  1. Oh my God Archana that looks mouthwatering! I’m definitely going to try it:) Deep fried & lemon glaze is just too perfect:)

    Didn’t know it’s made for Nagapanchami… We usually make something called Tambittu

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