Shepu (Dill) Puri

shepu or sabasgi or dill puri
Deep fried puris with a leafy green vegetable - Dill in English, Shepu in Marathi and Sabasgi Soppu in Kannada.

Dill/Shepu/Sabasgi - about 2 cups (chopped)
Wheat Flour - about 2 cups
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder/Cayenne Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp

How to prepare Shepu Puri:
1. Roughly chop dill leaves.  Crush the cumin seeds in a mortar pestle to a coarse powder.
shepu or sabasgi soppu or dill
2. In a mixing bowl, add chopped dill, cumin, black pepper powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, sugar and salt to taste.  Mix well.  Add 1 cup wheat flour and start kneading.  Now add the other 1 cup wheat flour in small amounts.  Add 1 - 2 tbsp water if required.  Add 1 tsp oil and knead well to form a firm dough. 
3. Puri dough is generally firm than chapati dough, since puris are deep fried.  If the dough is too soft, puris will absorb more oil.  You can add any of your favourite spices to the dough - coriander powder, garam masala, ginger garlic paste etc.
4. Make small round balls of the dough.  Roll each one into small puris (about 3 - 4 inches diameter), dusting some flour.  You can apply oil as well for rolling puris.
5. Deep fry these rolled puris till they puff up and slightly darken in colour.  Serve Shepu Puris with ketchup or a chutney. 


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