How Many Calories Are There in a Puri & Does It Have Any Health Benefits?
Puri is a deep fried, unleavened, Indian bread which is served for breakfast or snack or lunch with a curry or Bhaji. Cumin seeds are also added to the mixture. A dough is prepared with flour, water, salt, milk, Carom seeds and rolled out in a small circle and deep fried in Ghee or edible oil. While deep frying, Puri puffs up as the steam starts escaping from it. Puri is ready to serve when it turns golden-brown in colour.
Puri is an Indian homemade food which is made during the auspicious occasions and festivals. You can consume puris once in a while by making it healthier with whole grains and cutting down on fat. Adding whole grain will enhance fiber content of Puri and hence you will be eating less yet feel fuller for longer. Adding baking soda to enhance the puffiness of the Puri is bad for your health. Baking soda makes Puris soak more oil than required. Using plain flour for preparing the Puri is another bad practice. It may disturb your stomach and digestion. Put some milk while kneading the dough to obtain softer Puris. Cover the dough and keep it aside for 20-25 minutes. It helps in lighter and airier dough which results into softer and puffier Puri. Add Carom seeds and Fennel powder to the dough since it helps to improve digestion and decreases the absorption of oil. You can also use Rice flour or Semolina flour as it makes the Puris very crispy. Puri Bhaji is a very popular food preparation in India.
Calories in Puri are as given below in the table