Poori Bhaji

Poori Bhaji

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Indian

This poori bhaji is a healthy variant of the popular snack


  • Whole wheat flour 1½ cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Cumin seeds 2 tsps
  • Spinach (palak) puree 1 cup
  • Canola oil to deep fry
  • Red pumpkin, peeled and cubed 1 cup
  • Carrots, peeled and cubed 1 cup
  • Green peas 2 tbsps
  • Ghee 2 tsps
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Green chillies, chopped 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida 1 pinch
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • Dried mango powder (amchur) 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp


  • To make healthy pooris, take whole wheat flour, salt, 1 tsp cumin seeds and spinach puree in a bowl. Add sufficient water and knead into a stiff dough.
  • Heat sufficient canola oil in a kadai.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions and roll out each portion into small pooris. Slide them into the hot oil, one by one, and deep-fry till they puff up and become golden. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • To make bhaji, heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add remaining cumin seeds, mustard seeds, green chillies and asafoetida and saute till the seeds splutter.
  • Take garam masala powder, dried mango powder, turmeric powder and red chilli powder in a small bowl, add a little water and mix to make a paste.
  • Add this paste to the pan and mix well. Add pumpkin, carrots, green peas and a little water and mix well. Cover and cook till the vegetables are done.
  • Serve hot with pooris.