Beetroot Pooris ~ Beetroot Deep-fried Flatbread



In December, the Sshhh Cooking Club decided to take a break, and now we are back with our new challenge for this month. The theme of the month was anything “red or pink” considering the upcoming “month of love”. I always feel that love is something to be cherished and nourished all through out the year. I don’t believe in the policy of going out and gifting a loved one on one specific day. It is more of a business trick that anything else. I am a person who likes to gift off my whim – when I feel like, I get something for HD, the kids, my parents or my friends, not being specific on dates. The Prophet (PBUH) asked us to “exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love for one another.” (Sahih Bukhari) Therefore I rest my case… πŸ˜‰ I know people feel gifting is an expensive thing to do, but no, it is not. A rose can be a gift, a simple chocolate can be a gift, a hand written note can be a gift, a thoughtful deed can be a gift… anything done with the right intention can be a gift. A drive in the early morning, a silent evening across the beach watching the kids play, all can be gifts… Yeah, I hope all of you are getting it, I am trying to give a cue to Mr. HD here… πŸ˜‰ Hehe… πŸ˜€


I was considering posting a sweet recipe, considering my partner, Shobhaji, gave me beetroot and flour as my ingredients. As I sifted through my drafts, my eyes fell on these beautiful “red pooris” as Azza calls them. My kids love these, so I decided that these should come ahead before any other “red” food comes by! πŸ˜€ Pooris are normally not considered healthy food, so we make it once in a while, and the kids and adults love them equally. Since the kids love beetroot, I tried making these pooris and without much surprise, these were devoured. Now, anytime it is pooris for lunch, Azza asks, “Ummi, why no red pooris?” Hehe… It is a good way to include beetroot into diet of children who otherwise hesitate to eat this super nutritious vegetable.


Before moving off to the recipe, do check out what Shobhaji made with the secret ingredients I gave her… πŸ™‚





Beetroot Pooris ~ Beetroot Deep-fried Flatbread

Course Bread
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 1/2 cup wholewheat flour*
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp semolina
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup beetroot puree
  • Water as required
  • Oil to fry


  • Add the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the oil and rub in. Add the beetroot puree and mix. Add water slowly and knead till stiff but soft. Keep in an oiled bowl for around 15 minutes.
  • Take lime sized balls and bail into a round, not too thick or thin.
  • Heat enough oil in a deep frying pan. When you drop a small peice of dough, if it sizzles up, it is ready to fry.
  • Slide in one poori in, fry the side till puffed up.
  • Flip and fry the other side for a couple of minutes till done.
  • Drain onto a kitchen towel and serve warm with a potato side or any curry of choice.


Add more whole wheat flour if the dough feels sticky. I added an extra 1/2 cup flour to get the correct consistency.

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  1. Bookmarked for Little V

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sowmya…

  2. love the lovely colour from the beetroot..the puris looks yummy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  3. Extremely healthy and Delicious pooris…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Jeena…

  4. Such a fun bread recipe! I love the natural red colour from the beet puree.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  5. wow! looks so tempting.. wrong pic to see before beadtime lol! hungry now!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena… hehe…

  6. Lovely color and healthy pooris !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Ruxana…

  7. wow love the colour!. I agree with you , showing how much you love someone isnt showering a person with gifts on only on one particular day. Have never attempted to make a puri before, should give this a try sometime soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi…

  8. Lovely colour for sure and so healthy!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Srivalli…

  9. The pooris are nicely puffed up and colourful..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shobhaji…

  10. Rafeeda totally agree that we do not need to gift someone something expensive. Even a hug is a gift. Love the red pooris. You’ve tempted me to make some potato sabji just so that I can make the vibrant pooris.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  11. Loved the coloured pooris… perfectly puffed and tempting !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  12. ohh Rafee.. I am a poori addict and I cannot think of the last time I ate it because I have been trying to avoid fried stuff.. But your post that is making me drool and loose my control over diet.. I think I am gonna have them for tomorrow’s breakfast…There is nothing like poori, aloo bhajji and aam ka achar for breakfast

  13. Pooris should be the healthy food as it brings smiles and makes you feel good! At least I never regret having them! Beetroot is one of my fav veggies and so should try this soon! Awesome clicks, love how the color has transpired! And about the love day – I totally agree with you and if we look at everything that you mentioned as gift, the men will be happy to stay that way! lol. I have given him so many cues of what I would like etc.. but till now, I have never been surpirsed! πŸ™

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… don’t feel so bad… I am with you with regards to the surprise part! πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much Fami…

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