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Puri for Pani Puri or Golgappa or Puchka

Sooji ki Puri for golgappa or pani puri or puchka with step by step photos. These puri made with semolina, all purpose flour dough are light and crisp. Perfect to carry the various delicious pani puri fillings. Make a big batch and store it in an airtight container to make your favorite pani puri or golgappa.

puri for pani puri on a basket

Pani puri, as I call this awesome snack has always been a favorite since childhood. I remember me and my folks having pani poori from the pani puri wallah on the streets of Mumbai many times.

I have even seen how the puris are made in bulk and then sold. while as a kid, I used to think, how come the puri puffs so much and stays crisp. There was a family, close to my house who used to make these puris in bulk, pack them and then supply them to grocery stores.

We are fond of these crisp puris, that most of the times we just have them plain. I have made these pooris many times. Hence, I have updated this post with better pics and a lot of tips.

I was getting many comments that the pani puri becomes soft after cooling down. when I make them, I never had this issue. I reasoned, that this problem is because the dough was not kneaded well and the poori roundels being thick. Previously I has just mentioned to knead the dough well. But not emphasized that the dough also need to have elasticity in it. Hence updated this post.

I must say its easier to get a packet of ready made puris than to make them. Its does take an effort to make these pooris. So prepare them, when you are free from any work.

The perks of making puris at home are that fresh oil and ingredients are used to make the puri. Plus no additives or preservatives are added and you know what goes into them. Also they do taste better than the store brought ones.

These puris can be made in large numbers and stored in an airtight container. This recipe yields 50 to 60 pooris. However you can easily halve or double the recipe.

You could use these rava puris later to make Pani Puri or Golgappa or ragda puri or puchka or Dahi puri, just crumble and top it up on Ragda patties, dahi papdi chaat, aloo chana chaat, sev puri, bhel puri or just have it plain.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make sooji puri for pani puri or golgappa or puchka

1. In a mixing bowl, take 1 cup fine unroasted sooji or rava or semolina (160 grams), 1 teaspoon oil, 3 to 4 pinches of baking soda and ¼ teaspoon salt.

Remember to use fine textured rava. You can also use bombay rava. It should be in the shelf period and not be infested with insects or molds.

flour for puri recipe

2. With your fingers, mix the oil evenly with the sooji.

mixing oil with rava

3. Here’s the evenly mixed oil, sooji and salt mixture.

rava oil mixture

4. Now add 1 tablespoon maida (all purpose flour) to this mixture.

adding all purpose flour

5. Mix again very well so that the all purpose flour is mixed evenly.

mixing all purpose flour with rava mixture

6. Add 3 tablespoons of water first.

water added to flour mixture

7. Stir and mix again.

mix flours with water

7. Then add 1 tablespoon water more and begin to knead the dough. Sooji absorbs water while kneading. Hence add water in parts while kneading. Then add 2 tablespoons more of the water and continue to knead. I added 6 tablespoons of water.

Depending on the quality of sooji, you may need to add a bit less or more. The kneading is very important in getting the perfect pani poori texture.

Remember that the dough is not soft nor too hard. If you make the dough soft, then add 1 to 3 teaspoon more of the sooji. If the dough looks hard, then add sprinkle some water and continue to knead.

kneading dough for puri

8. The puri dough should be elastic. Gluten strands need to be formed, which gives 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 the rolling dough without cracks and thinly. When rolling, the dough should roll easily without any cracks. You should be easily able to lift the rolled dough without it tearing or breaking and falling apart.

puri dough shown

9.  Knead to a semi-soft elastic dough.

kneaded dough in a bowl

10. Keep the well kneaded dough in a bowl or pan.

dough kept in a bowl

12. Cover with a moist kitchen towel or napkin and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.

puri dough covered with cloth

13. Here’s the dough after resting for 30 minutes.

dough after 30 minutes

14. Knead the dough again for 2 to 3 minutes.

knead dough again

Rolling and making puri for golgappa

15. 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 parts of the dough covered with a moist kitchen towel so that it does not dry out.

rolling puri dough

16. Roll to a large round. You see there are no cracks in the rolled dough and the dough has good elasticity. You can flip the entire rolled dough without it breaking or tearing apart.

rolling puri dough with rolling pin

17. 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.

rolled thin puri dough

18. With a cookie cutter or a small bowl or a small jar lid, 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.

cutting puri dough

19. Remove the dough edges and place the small roundels on a plate without them touching each other. Keep these pooris covered with a moist kitchen towel. Collect the dough scrapes and knead them lightly. Again roll this dough and make pooris the same way.

In this way make all the pooris and keep them covered with a moist kitchen towel. You can also roll them and fry simultaneously like I have done.

cut puri dough placed on a plate

Frying sooji puri

20. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. The oil should be medium hot. Add a tiny piece of the dough ball to the hot oil. If the ball steadily comes up to the surface, the oil is hot and the pooris can be fried now.

Don’t fry them at a low temperature of the oil as this will make the puri soggy with oil. Frying at a high temperature will brown the crust fast but the inside dough will be undercooked and soft.

heat oil for frying puri

21. Slid a few pooris in the oil. But don’t overcrowd the kadai.

frying puri pieces in oil

22. 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. Nudge the pooris with the frying spoon so that they puff up.

puri puffing up

23. With a slotted spoon flip them, once they puff up. Flip a couple of times as needed.

flipping puri

24. Even after oil stops sizzling, continue to fry the pooris till light golden or golden. Even after they become golden, keep them in the oil getting fried for a few seconds, so that they become crisp.

Frying this way, gives a crisp texture to the pooris from outside as well as inside. Otherwise, they may remain soft from the inside and crisp from the outside.

fried puri taken out from kadai

25. Drain puris on kitchen paper towels. There will be a few flat puris too. These you can use to make Sev puri, Bhel puri, chana dal bhel puri or Papdi chaat.

fried puri on kitchen paper towels

26. Continue to fry the remaining pooris this way in batches.

frying puri second batch

27. Drain puris on paper towels to remove excess oil.

fried puri placed on kitchen paper towels

28. Once puris get cooled at room temperature, immediately add them to a jar or box and close the lid tightly.

fried puri in a storage box

29. A close-up photo showing the crispy texture of the pooris.

puri texture closeup photo

30. Make Pani puri, Dahi puri or ragda puri from these homemade puri or golgappas or puchka.

Pani puri in a bowl

31. You will get 50 to 60  sooji puris from this recipe. They stay crisp and good for a month if stored in an airtight box or jar.

If in case the crispy texture is lost then dry roast the puri in a pan or kadai for some minutes until they become crisp. Or you can bake them in a preheated oven at 180 degree Celsius for few minutes till they become crisp. But take care that they don’t get too much browned or burnt in the oven. So keep a check when toasting them in the oven.

If you can scale the recipe depending upon the quantity you want to make.

puri for pani puri on a basket

Expert Tips for making puri for golgappa

  1. Always cover the dough with a damp cloth even while rolling the puris. If the dough becomes dry, you will not be able to roll the dough easily.
  2. Ensure that all the rolled puris are covered with a damp cloth. If the puris become dry, then the puris will not puff up.
  3. These tips comes from experience. Just before frying remove the damp cloth from the puri.
  4. You could fry 4 to 7 puris at a time depending upon the size of the kadai.
  5. Do not add oil to the dough while kneading as the puris will become soft later.
  6. The dough has to semi soft with gluten strands formed in them. There has to be elasticity in the dough. These factors give a crisp puri. The crispness stays even after the pooris are cooled and even later.
  7. Maida or refined/all purpose flour is used for binding the dough. Avoid adding more maida to the dough. If the dough is not binding well, then you could add a few teaspoons more of maida. But don’t add too much.
  8. The puris have to be thin. If you do not roll them thinly, then the puris won’t puff up well and will remain soft from within.
  9. Fry the puris in a moderately hot oil. If the oil is not hot enough, the puris will absorb oil and become soaked in oil. Too hot oil, will burn the puris.

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puri for pani puri on a basket

Puri for Pani Puri or Golgappa

These are crispy fried sooji ki puri or golgappa puri used for making snacks like pani poori, dahi poori, puchka and ragda poori.

4.89 from 62 votes

Prep Time 1 hr

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

making puri dough

  • 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 1/4 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 rava 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 puris and helps in them staying crisp.

  • Knead very well. Elasticity helps in rolling the dough without cracks and thinly. When rolling, the dough should roll easily without any cracks. You should be easily 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.

rolling puri

  • 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 puri 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 puri won’t puff up.

making puri for golgappa or pani puri

  • 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 puri 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 puris covered with a moist kitchen towel.

  • Collect the egdes and knead them lightly. Roll the edges too and make puris the same way.

  • In this way make all the puris and keep them covered in a moist kitchen towel. You can also roll them and fry simultaneously like I have done.

frying puri

  • 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 fried puri 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 puris to a jar or box and close the lid tightly.

  • Make pani puri, dahi puri or ragda puri or puchka 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.

  • Fry the puri at medium temperature of the oil. You can keep the heat to medium to medium-high while frying. Don’t fry at low temperature or high temperature. Regulate the heat as needed.
  • Knead the dough very well until you get a semi-soft elastic dough.
  • The rava should be fresh and within its shelf period. Use fine textured rava.
  • You can easily halve or double the recipe according to your needs.

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This Puri recipe post from the blog archives first published in July 2010 has been republished and updated on 8 January 2022.

Source: Dassana’s Veg Recipes
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