This is my third post in a row for diwali. Am I bit more excited about Diwali ?? Not exactly. My Facebook is flooded with diwali related post, so even I am unable to think anything else other than Diwali. Eventually I joined the league and have been preparing few long pending recipes that I wanted to try .
This is one more experiment that went successful. I had these achari mathris for the first time during one of my photography assignment. We really liked them and the next thing I wanted to do was to give them a try at home. Mathri is such a popular North Indian snacks that it needs no introduction. The spicy and tangy Achari masala stuffing gives a nice little twist to it.
Now that we are going to have long weekend holidays, these little puris would be the best thing to munch along with evening tea.
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For Achari Masala
- 5 - 6 red chilli Dry
- 1 tspn Coriander seed
- ¼ tsp Kalonji onion Seeds /
- 1 tspn Mustard seeds
- 2 tspns Cumin seeds
- pinch Asafoetida a big
- 1 tsp Mango powder Amchur Dry /
- ½ tspns salt
- 1 tsp Pickle masala Readymade along with oil ( I used the garlic pickle )
- 1.5 cups All purpose flour Maids /
- ½ tspn seeds Carom
- ½ tspns black pepper ground
- ½ cup water
- to taste Salt
- For Preparing Masala : Dry roast all spices except Pickle masala in a pan on low heat till aromatic. Grind to a slightly coarse powder. Add ready-made pickle masala. Mix well. The mixture has to be just damp.
- In a bog bowl add maida,sooji,ajwain,black pepper powder,salt. Mix well. Then add ghee/oil. Rub the mixture using both the hands. The mixture should look crumbly.
- Slowly start adding water. The dough should be tight and on little bit dry side. Let it rest covered for 15-20 minutes.
- In a deep pan heat enough oil.
- Knead the dough again for a minute.Pinch small balls out of the dough. Make a small spacein the middle using finger.Fill ¼ tsp of achari masala. Press in between two hand to flatten the balls to ¼ inch thickness.
- Using a fork prick the flatten puris 2-3 times. Repeat the same step with rest of the dough balls.
- Once the oil is medium hot,slowly slide 4-5 puris at a time to the hot oil. Reduce flame to low.Deep fry flipping them in between till both the sides turns golden brown.
- Once done, drain excess oil and place them on a tissue paper.Let it cool on a plate and then place in a air-tight container.