Puri – Deep-Fried Bread is a thin, round and flat, unleavened bread.

Puri – Deep-Fried Bread is a thin, round, and flat unleavened bread. It might seem daunting to deep-fry something but we promise, it’s easy and the only ingredients you need are whole wheat flour, water, salt, and oil.

It’s fun to make and to eat – immediately from the pan. And, it’s highly entertaining, too, because when you drop it into the oil, it puffs up like a mini UFO.

We enjoyed this Puri – Deep-Fried Bread recipe with breakfast while staying at The Turmerica in Wayanad. Before you tackle the recipe, check out this video of our friend Ranjini Menon as she deftly demonstrates “how-to.”

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also like some of the other South Indian breads we’ve written about including parathas and dosas.

Puri Recipe

20 to 24 pieces


1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sunflower oil
¾ cup (approximately), warm water
Sunflower oil for frying


  1. Rub the flour, salt and oil together with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  2. Add the water – as needed – and knead lightly to pull it into a dough.
  3. Divide the dough into 20 to 24 equal-size balls and cover with a damp cloth.
  4. Roll each of these balls into a circle about 4 to 5 inches in diameter on a lightly oiled surface. Tip: By using oil rather than flour to roll out the puris, you avoid the problem of excess flour burning in the oil when frying.
  5. Deep fry in hot oil, placing the top side in the oil first (this is important to get it to puff up).
  6. Tap each of the puri lightly with a slotted spoon and gently push it down into the oil. The puri should puff up within seconds.
  7. Turn the puri over and continue frying until golden brown.
  8. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
  9. Enjoy hot with a vegetable curry or Cherupayar – a Green Gram Curry.



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