Gor puri is a beloved Gujarati snack, celebrated for its delightful blend of natural sweetness from jaggery (gor) and the refreshing essence of saunf (fennel seeds). Crafted from wholesome whole wheat, these puris have earned a special place in Indian households. They are particularly cherished when paired with a piping hot cup of chai, creating a heavenly experience for your taste buds with every bite.
My childhood memories bring back the image of my grandmother preparing these gor puris, or gor theplas, which she'd keep in a jar. Just as many North American households have cookie jars, my grandma's jar was filled with these crispy delights.
These puris can be likened to sweet Indian-style crackers, featuring a satisfying crunch on the outside while remaining tender within. When you dip them into your chai and take that first bite, they practically melt in your mouth. That's just how incredibly delicious they are.
If you decide to recreate this nostalgic puris, please share your experience in the comments below or tag me on Instagram. I absolutely love seeing your creations!
Prep time: 30 minutes
Rest time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
1 cup wholewheat flour (roti atta)
2 Tbsp ghee
1 Tbsp saunf (fennel seeds)
Jaggery mixture for the dough
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 cup jaggery
1/4 cup water
warm water (for kneading)
Oil for frying
1. In a pan, combine jaggery (gor), ground cardamom, and water. Stir well until the jaggery is completely melted, then set this mixture aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, add flour, ghee, and saunf. Mix these ingredients thoroughly. Next, pour the warm jaggery mixture into the bowl. Combine all the ingredients into a dough. If needed, you can add a little warm water to achieve the desired consistency. The dough should be soft to the touch. Brush a bit of ghee on top, and cover the dough with a towel, allowing it to rest.
3. Divide the dough into small portions and shape them into small circles. You can even use a cookie cutter to get perfectly shaped discs.
4. Heat the oil in a pan for frying. Once the oil is hot, carefully fry the gor puris until they turn brown, which should take about 1 minute.
5. Serve and enjoy your freshly fried Gor Puris with a hot cup of chai. They make a delightful snack or treat to savor.