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Sev Batata puri

Sev Batata puri
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Sev batata puri is a popular Maharashtrian street food recipe ,a typical canape suitable for serving in any parties.Canapes are small bite sized snacks served as a starters.These can be easily make at home.Sev are crispy fried thin strands made up of chickpea flour.If you are staying outside India you can get it in any Indian store.There is no  substitute for sev but you can use grated processed cheese for a different taste.
The  batata puri are basically  crispy and crunchy disks made of wheat flour and semolina topped with  spicy mashed potato and flavored with both spicy green and sweet and sour tamarind chutney.Last but not the least the crunchy sev are sprinkled on top.To add my own flavor I added pomegranate seeds which are also popular in Indian chaats ,used to give a tangy sweet and fruity flavor and gorgeous colors
You have enormous scope and variety of topping to choose from…

Ingredients for puri

1.Whole wheat flour (1 cup)
2.Semolina (1 cup)
3.Baking soda (1/4th tsp)
4.Salt (a pinch)
5.Oil for dough (1 tbsp)
6.Oil for frying (2 cups)
7.Water as needed

Preparation
1.Mix the above ingredients except the oil used for frying into a tight dough.Leave it aside for 10 to 1  minutes.
2.Make a small ball of the dough and flatten into a flat thin circular disk like roti,as thin as you can.
3.Take the lid of a bottle or a round cookie cutter and make small circles out of it.
4.poke the disks with a fork so that they wont puff up.
5.Heat oil in the pan for frying and the oil is hot enough add these puris till golden brown and crunchy.You can store them in air tight container for using later or use them immediately after cooling.Because the crunchiness appears after they cool down.

Green chutney or green sauce

grind coriander leaves green chilies and 2 to 3 cloves of garlic into a smooth paste with water and salt.

Tamarind chutney

boil one cup of tamarind pulp with 3 to 4 cups of water and 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar till the sugar melts and the mixture becomes thick.

Strain the mixture to form a smooth sweet and sour tamarind sauce or chutney.

Spicy mashed potato topping and bringing it all together

Ingredients

1.Potato 2 to 3 boiled and mashed
2.Rock salt (a pinch) or any salt
3.Cumin powder
4.Red chilly powder
5.Onion (1 finely chopped)
6.Tomato (1 finely chopped)
7.Green chilly (1 finely chopped)
8.Pomegranate seeds 2 to 3 tbsp
9.Sev (1 cup)
10.Lemon juice (2 tbsp)

 Preparation

1.Roast cumin powder and red chilly powder on the pan till smoking but not burnt,continually stir it.
3.Add the spices,lemon juice  and salt in the potato and make small balls.
4.put one of these balls on the puri and press with palm.
5.Add some chopped onion,green chilly and tomato on top of the balls.
6.Add 1 tsp green chutney,then 1 tsp tamarind chutney.
7.Sprinkle sev.

The canapies are now ready to serve
8.Sprinkle pomegranate seeds

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