Friday, June 1, 2012

Methi Poori with Aloo Tamatar/ Fried Indian Flatbread with Potato Curry ( No Onion No Garlic)

Yes Guys....... June is the birth month for " Smart - Snacks ". My baby will be turning"1" this month & I could not think of a better way of celebrating it  than by paying a tribute to my mom who's cooking has been my greatest inspiration for being in the kitchen . I think we all will agree that with the passage of time -a lot of our mom's recipes & the passion they had for cooking has been dying away .  It will be a great pleasure for me  to revive some of  those moments & recipes  & share them with the world. In my endeavor to document some of her recipes I am starting a series called "Mom's Special". I will try & bring to you a lot of her original recipes that have been enjoyed by one & all-all  these years & I hope you all will try them & enjoy them too.   So today I will start with one of my most fav's "  Mom's Special " that I have seen her cook for every festival , Puja & whenever we would have guests over. Belonging to a traditional North Indian "Baniya" family I had seen her cook a lot of dishes with no onion & garlic for festivals & puja's but she would very smartly alter them with onion & garlic for the regular meals . I think I'm still a fan of the no onion -no garlic preparations of her's as they have a very distinct taste & flavor. Although I know that I can never match her cooking , still I will try to document whatever little I can.  So as a part of my "Mom's Special " I will start with one of my most Fav's of her recipes : Aloo Tamatar & Methi Poori.

Ingredients For Aloo Tamatar:
2-3 big boiled Potatoes ( Just break the potatoes into small chunks)
1 tablespoon oil 
2 Tomatoes diced
2-3 green chillies finely chopped
1" piece of ginger finely chopped ( optional)
1/4th tsp asafoetida powder / hing powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds/ jeera
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4th tsp turmeric powder
1/4th tsp red chilli powder ( optional)
1/4 tsp mango powder
Pinch of garam masala
salt to taste
Fresh chopped coriander / dhania for garnish


Start by heating oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds & hing powder/ let the cumin seeds splutter. Now add the green chillies, ginger - stir for a minute. Add the spices- turmeric, red chilli powder , coriander powder , salt  & just stir . Immediately add the tomatoes & give it a good stir / let the tomatoes cook thoroughly & become mushy - now you will have a well done masala. Add the boiled potatoes & stir again. Add a cup or a cup & half of water , cover the dish & let it simmer for about 10 mins. Keep checking in between to check that the gravy is not getting too thick . You can add a little more water if required. Once everything comes together -add the mango powder & garam masala & garnish with fresh coriander. 

Ingredients For Methi Poori :

2 cups whole wheat flour 
1 cup finally chopped fresh Methi leaves ( Fenugreek)
1/2 tsp salt
water for kneading the dough ( as required)
Oil for deep frying the pooris


 Add the chopped methi leaves & salt to the whole wheat flour. Knead into a  smooth, stiff dough adding water  little at a time until the dough comes together. We will need the poori dough  a little stiffer than what we usually do for chappati.  Divide the dough into lemon sized balls & roll into about 
4" diameter rounds & deep fry in hot oil until they are puffed & golden in colour. ( Oil your hands while pinching the dough to make balls so the dough will not stick  to your hands) 

 Serve this meal with a choice of side dish , raita & pickle ...........Enjoy...........


  1. Delicious....the curry looks so tempting.Perfect accompaniment for puris...Nice clicks as always.

  2. awesome clicks with nice recipe...

  3. Methi poori looks yum and nice pictures

  4. Delicious dishes with wonderful photographs. Everything looks tempting.


  5. mwthi poori looks perfect. nicely puffed. potato gravy goes perfect with puri. nice combo

  6. Looks so yummy and perfect!

  7. A perfect combo meal. This poori looks way too delicious :)

  8. looks so delicious..very beautiful pictures!

  9. Pretty pictures...Your pooris have puffed up beautifully...and the curry looks delicious

  10. The whole platter is very beautiful and inviting. I too make aloo tamatar almost the same way, always find this more tastier than the onion version. And the puris are so prettily puffed up, a great way to celebrate blog birthday by featuring mom's special dishes.

  11. The fluffy pooris have come out just perfect! Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment on my post. who wouldn't love this hearty meal!

  12. Delicious meal...the puffed up puris are so inviting..

  13. Congrats Alapana and happy birthday to smart snacks..Wat an incredible platter, those puffee pooris and yummy aloo tamatar both makes me hungry..fantastic!

  14. making puri with methi is such an unique these aromatic recipe. happy b'day to your cherished space Alpana.

  15. Happy 1st blog anniversary dear :) what a wonderful combo and looks super delicious :)

  16. Thanks a ton everyone for all your beautiful compliments......