In the mid-80's there was a pressure cooker ad that showed a small girl waking up and telling her mother that she wants 'garam garam puri aur alu matar'(hot puri and potato&peas gravy) for breakfast.After seeing this ad, me,who was a small girl at that time was so fascinated that I demanded puri and alu matar to my mother almost all the time.I do not know from where she got this recipe but she made it and it was tasty and I got addicted to this breakfast. Later of course,I gave it up siting that deep fried puris are not healthier but sometimes cravings led me to it.You see it is a comfort food for me now,and I relish puris much better with this than the staple aloo masala popular in SouthIndia.
There are many other recipes for the potato & peas gravy,but my mom's always takes me back to the childhood days and it always goes with puris and puri only.So here's the recipe.
Wheat Flour: 1 cup
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Cold water: as needed to form a dough
In a bowl mix flour and salt and adding water little by little form a firm dough.Make small balls out of dough and roll in a floured surface to small circles and deep fry in hot oil till it puffs up.
Cinnamon:1/2 inch piece or equivalent powdered
Cardamom: 2 or 3 pods
Cloves:2 or 3
Cloves:2 or 3
Chilli powder:1/2 tspn
Turmeric powder:1/4 tspn
Green chillies:2 medium
Tomatoes: 2 medium chopped
Yoghurt: 2 tspn
Grind together chopped onion,cardamom,cloves,jeera and cinnamon.
Heat oil in a pan and stirfry the paste.As soon as the raw smell goes,(halfway through the frying)add slit green chillies,chopped tomatoes,yoghurt salt and chilli and turmeric powders.Continue to stirfry on low heat till oil separates.The chillies and chilly powder can be adjusted as per your taste.Add cubed aloo(potato),peas and water to this and cook till done.Adjust salt after adding potatoes and peas. Serve with puris.
This weekend comfort breakfast goes to WBB:Combi Breakfasts, started by Nandita of SaffronTrail and currently hosted by Latha of MasalaMagic