Phuchka is something we all love. Phuchka is something we cannot live without. How much unhygenic having the phuchka at a street vendor it might be, we still love it. But what if we turn it hygenic ! Yes we can make this famous street food of Kolkata in our home kitchens. For that we just need to follow the simple steps given below.
Recipe For Making Phuchka:
Ingredients (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
- 1 cup fine unroasted sooji or rava or semolina, 160 grams
- 3 to 4 pinches of baking soda or ⅛ tsp
- 1 tbsp maida/all purpose flour
- 6 tbsp water or as required
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp oil
- oil for deep frying
Directions for making Phuchka:
- In a mixing bowl, take 1 cup fine unroasted sooji or rava or semolina (160 grams), 1 tsp oil, 3 to 4 pinches baking soda and ¼ tsp salt. with your fingers, mix the oil evenly with the sooji.
- now add 1 tbsp maida/all purpose flour to this mixture.
- mix again very well so that the all purpose flour is mixed evenly.
- add 3 tbsp water first. mix again. then add 1 tbsp water more and begin to knead the dough. sooji absorbs water while kneading. add water in parts while kneading.
- then add 2 tbsp more of the water and continue to knead. the kneading is very important in getting the perfect pani poori texture. the dough is not soft nor too hard. if you make the dough soft, then add 1 to 3 tsp more of the sooji. if the dough looks hard, then add sprinkle some water and continue to knead.
- the pani puri dough should be elastic. gluten strands need to be formed, which gives a structure and shape to the pooris. the correct texture of the dough, also help in puffing pooris and helps in them staying crisp. knead very well. elasticity helps in rolling the dough without an cracks and thinly. when rolling, the dough should roll easily without any cracks. you should be easily be able to lift the rolled dough without it tearing or breaking and falling apart.
- knead to a semi soft elastic dough and keep it in a bowl or pan.
- cover the dough with a moist kitchen towel or napkin and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. you can also keep the dough for an hour.
- after 30 minutes, knead the dough again.
- now divide the dough into two or three parts. take one part on your work surface and begin to roll. avoid adding any dry flour while kneading. keep the remaining dough covered with the moist kitchen towel.
- roll to a large round. there should be no cracks in the rolled dough. you can flip the entire rolled dough without it breaking or tearing apart.
- keep on rolling to a thin and even round. the pooris have to be thinly rolled. if not thin, the base becomes thick and remains soft even after frying. if the dough is not rolled evenly, then the pooris won’t puff up.
- with a cookie cutter or a small bowl, cut small to medium discs from the rolled dough. using a cookie cutter gives even shape and size to the pooris. you can also make small balls and roll them. but then the pooris won’t have an even and uniform shape.
- remove the dough edges and place the small roundels in a plate without them touching each other. keep these pooris covered with a moist kitchen towel. collect the egdes and knead them lightly. roll the edges too and make pooris the same way. in this way make all the pooris and keep them covered in a moist kitchen towel. you can also roll them and fry simultaneously like i have done.
- heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. the oil should be medium hot. add a tiny piece of the dough ball in the hot oil. if the ball steadily comes up to the surface, the oil is hot and the pooris can be fried now.
- slid a few pooris in the oil. they will puff up quickly as soon as you add them to the hot oil. you can fry up to 4 to 8 pieces at a time, depending on the size of your pan.
- with a slotted spoon flip them, once they puff up. even after oil stops sizzling, continue to fry till light golden. frying this way, gives a crisp texture to the pooris from outside as well as inside. otherwise, they remain soft from inside and crisp from outside.
- fry them till they are a light golden or golden.
- drain them on kitchen paper towels. there will be a few flat puris too. these you can use to make sev puri or papdi chaat. continue to fry all the pooris this way.
- drain them on paper towels.
- once they get cooled at room temperature, immediately add them to a jar or box and close the lid tightly.
- make pani puri, dahi puri or ragda puri from these homemade pooris or golgappas. you will get 50 to 60 pooris from this recipe. they stay crisp and good for a month if stored in an airtight box.