Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism. The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat. The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion. The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.
Put fenugreek leaves in a bowl, add millet flour, ginger-garlic-green chilli paste, white sesame seeds, coriander powder, cumin powder, dried mango powder, turmeric powder, sugar and salt and mix well. Add sufficient warm water and knead into soft dough.
Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.
Spread a large cling film on the worktop and spread a little oil on it. Divide the dough into equal portions, shape them into balls and keep them on the cling film. Press each ball lightly to make poori.
Gently slide the pooris into hot oil and deep-fry till golden and crisp on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper.
Arrange the pooris on a serving plate and serve immediately.
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