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After Krishna’s death, Pandavas along with Draupadi started climbing the Himalayas to reach heaven. Draupadi was one of the first to drop dead while climbing and reached heaven before the others. As she roamed there, she was surprised to see an Indian version of Champs-Élysées sprawled in one of the by-lanes. She spotted Costa Coffee, Barista, Café Coffee Day and Starbucks doing great business side by side. She had no idea what these shops sold and stood transfixed. Then a hand pressed her shoulder warmly. Scared that Duryodhan was back to eve tease her, she turned around with her most dramatic expression and saw a smiling Sita standing there.

“Draupadi?”

“Yes. Sita? Oh Hi! What a pleasant surprise!” Draupadi was shocked to come face to face with the legendary figure. She was going weak in her knees.

“Which one?” Sita said pointing to the coffee shops.

Draupadi had no idea…

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Diwali Special at home – Pithiwali Puri

Akash Butti

Akash Butti

Diwali is the time of indulgence. And what better way to start indulging than a sumptuous breakfast in the morning. Happy Diwali all again and here are pics of akash butti/kandil/lantern at our home and a rangoli near our home. Dazzling lights and colours, one can’t ask for more. Add to that sweets, gifts and loads of new stuff. 🙂

Rangoli

Rangoli

Pithiwali Puri is urad dal stuffed puri. Found this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khanakhazana.

I definitely wouldn’t put this in the healthy category but amazingly tasty yes. If you are calorie conscious this is not for you. But you can indulge once in a while. As they say if you are not committing any sins, you are probably not having a lot of fun.

Ingredients for the dough:

Whole wheat atta – 1 1/2 cup
All purpose flour – 1/2 cup
oil – a little oil in the dough makes it soft
salt – to taste
water – for kneading

Ingredients for the stuffing:

Urad Dal/Black gram split – 1/2 cup(soaked for 2 hours and drained)
Ghee – for tadka
Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Hing – a pinch
Green Chillies – 2 medium
red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander/Cilantro(finely chopped) – a few leaves
Salt – to taste

Method:

  • Soak urad dal for about 2-3 hrs, drain and keep it aside
Urad dal soaked and drained

Urad dal soaked and drained

  • Knead the dough for puri, cover it with a soft cloth and let it settle for about 20-30 mins.
Puri dough

Puri dough

Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, hing, coriander seeds and cinnamon and sauté. Add drained urad dal and continue to sauté.

Urad dal in the pan

Urad dal in the pan

  • Now add salt, green chillies, red chilli powder, coriander leaves and mix well. Now remove from heat. Let it cool slightly. Grind the mixture to a coarse powder.
Coarse mixture after grinding

Coarse mixture after grinding

  • Now take a small ball from puri dough and flatten it with your fingertips. Place the mixture in the centre and close it from the edges to make a small ball.
Dough with filling

Dough with filling

  • Now with a rolling-pin roll the ball to a nice round puri
Puri rolled put

Puri rolled put

  • Heat oil in a deep pan and deep fry the puri till golden brown.
Deep fried puri

Deep fried puri

  • Now serve hot puris with hot potato sabzi 🙂
Pithiwali puri with sabzi

Pithiwali puri with sabzi

Bon appetit! 🙂