Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Squash Puris

Packing lunch for my kindergartner is always a challenge. What works one day may or may not work another time. But so far, these Squash Puris or 'Lal Bhoplyachya Purya' have had a high success rate. She ofcourse loves puris, so once a week its either these squash puris or palak puris for her lunch box.

The availability of frozen cooked squash here makes this a breeze to prepare. I've heard from my cousin, who is an ophthalmologist, that lal bhopla (orange squash) is very good for eyesight, hence I try to cook it once every week, sometimes in a curry (using fresh lal bhopla) or in raita (lal bhoplayache bharit using frozen cooked squash) and ofcourse these puris for N.

Here's how I make them:

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsp frozen cooked squash (thaw overnight in the fridge or for 2-3 hrs on the counter)
2 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
oil

Make a slightly stiff dough with the above, using 1-2 drops of oil. Keep for 1/2 hr. Roll out into puris. I've used a star-shaped cookie cutter to make the puris in the above picture. Deep fry in hot oil. Drain on a paper towel. The addition of sugar makes these puris slightly sweetish but not overly so.

Hope you folks like these simple puris.

These puris are my contribution to the Kids Lunchbox event at Cooking Up Something Nice.


I am editing this post after my trip to India Dec. 2008. I found out that these squash puris are called 'Gharges' in Marathi. They are made pretty much the same as above, except jaggery is used instead of sugar. The jaggery and squash are cooked together and then the wheat flour is mixed into them. I made a batch of these gharges for N's lunch box after my return and she loved them just as much. I'll end this post with a picture of these gharges.


8 comments:

easycrafts said...

Yummy...the shapes are so good, tagged u here http://simpleindianfood.blogspot.com/2008/09/green-chickpeas-cutlet.html

Sharmi said...

Thanks so much Supriya for trying my recipe and your valuable feedback. first time in your blog and got to see some nice recipes.

raaji said...

hi supriya.....
thanks for dropping by and leaving your precious comments.....
you really are the queen of ur kitchen....

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

lovely .. squash puris look soo cute kids will love it

Prema Sundar said...

nice kiddie lunch box recipe.. I too break my head for this as my daughter is avery picky eater. but she loves puris. i surely will try this out.. thanks

Srivalli said...

what a lovely looking puris..they will surely be liked by my kids..

vandana rajesh said...

Hi supriya...nice looking puris. I guess the shape too makes it irresitible for kids. Thks for participating in the event.

soma said...

I followed u from my site:-D. I did not know that the round up was psoted.

I love ur puri and the idea of putting vege in int. My kids would make me cook these starfish one right away if they saw these:-). I will make these for them eventually. Thanx.
Soma (www.ecuury.com)

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