One of a kind Indian-Mexican GOLGAPPA with a flavorful Avocado Salsa stuffed inside a crispy puri.
What is a poor husband going to do if his wife becomes obsessed with a particular recipe?? The answer is absolutely NOTHING, NO BUENO, NADA. He has only one option i.e. to keep eating the same dish over and over till the missus either gives up or perfects the recipe. This is what yours truly had to go through for the past few days (LAUGHS!!!). Luckily my mother-in-law ran in to my rescue and the end result is crispy, homemade puris. These were just perfect vessels for my Mexican Golgappa with Avocado Salsa.
A person born in Mumbai will tell you that chaat does become an indispensable part of your life. There is nothing in this world quiet like eating chaat at a roadside stall with your friends or enjoying the same chaat and ice cream at the beach with your family. Wifey dear is no different and absolutely adores all the different types of chaat she can find. But I know for a fact that Pani-puri is something which holds a special place in her heart. This dish is made up of crispy fried puris filled with a variety of different fillings usually topped with tamarind water.
Ever since I started this blog I have gotten into the habit of making things from scratch which is not a bad habit to have. The problem is even good things can somehow come back and bite you in the rear end (CHUCKLES!!!!). What happened was wifey wanted to make those puris at home and it seemed that every time she tried, a new problem cropped up. The good thing was she wasn’t going to give up trying, but the bad thing was I had to eat puris for days (LAUGHS!!!). Luckily for me there was a knight in shining armor who was watching my back i.e. my Mother-in-law. The first attempt with her recipe turned out to be a resounding success.
The puris which I have been eating for the last 2 months (wifey is going to kill me when she reads it.) involved semolina in some form of the other and never seemed to work. My mother-in-law it seemed did not get the memo from wifey dear because the recipe she suggested did not involve semolina at all. Instead it used a combination of 3 different flours; rice flour, wheat flour and AP flour.
Combine rice flour, wheat flour, all purpose flour and salt. Add water little at a time and mix. Knead slowly to form a semi stiff dough.
Heat oil on a high heat. Divide the dough in equal parts. On a floured surface hand roll one of the parts in a thin circle with rolling pin. With a cutter, cut out circles in the dough. Remove the extra dough and add it to the unused dough.
Gently slide 3 to 4 puris into the hot oil in a frying pan. Press each puri with slotted spoon till they puff. Carefully flip them over. Fry till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.Repeat with the remaining dough.
One bite of the hot, crispy puris taught me an important lesson; never doubt your mother-in-law. What she says WORKS!!!! (LAUGHS!!!). The puris were made so it was MISSION ACCOMPLISHED for wifey dear. All that was left to do was the filling and I was happy to oblige.. My mind was set on stuffing these puris with an avocado salsa to create an INDO-MEXICAN fusion snack. All that needed to be done was to chop the ingredients and mix them up. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight would be much better since salsas taste much better the longer they are left…
To assemble this delectable snack simple tap the top of puri with tip of spoon or index finger to make a small hole and spoon some salsa inside.
Pop in your mouth immediately. The fun part is making sure you pop in those puris whole.. If you can’t do it then the only option is TO STRETCH YOUR JAWS A BIT MORE!!!!! (CHUCKLES!!!)
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- ½ cup Rice Flour
- ½ cup Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ cup All purpose flour
- ¾ cup Water
- Oil for deep frying
- 2 Avocados (diced and mashed)
- 2 Tomatoes (diced)
- ½ Onion (diced)
- 1 Jalapeño
- ½ cup Frozen Corn
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- ¼ cup Cilantro
- 1 tsp Chat Masala
- Salt to taste
- In a large bowl mix all the ingredients mentioned in the above list and keep it in a refrigerator for an hour or overnight which would be better.
- Combine rice flour, wheat flour, all purpose flour and salt. Add water little at a time and mix. Knead slowly to form a semi stiff dough. Divide the dough in equal parts.
- On a floured surface roll the dough in a thin circle with a rolling pin.
- With a cutter, cut out circles in the dough. Remove the extra dough and add it to the unused dough.
- Gently slide 3 to 4 puris into the hot oil in a frying pan and fry till golden brown (10-20 seconds a side) on both sides.
- Drain on absorbent paper.
- Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Lightly tap the top of puri with tip of spoon or index finger to make a small hole.
- Spoon some salsa inside.
- Pop in your mouth immediately.