Dholl Puri

Dholl Puri Food Recipe


500 grams yellow split peas,

750 grams white flour,

2 teaspoons powdered cumin seeds,

Turmeric powder,

Salt to taste


Boil the yellow split peas in water with a pinch of turmeric powder and salt to taste, until well cooked but not sticky.

Strain the boiled yellow split peas and reserve the boiling water for pastry use later. Blend the strained yellow split peas until well blended but not watery. The blend must be on the dry side rather than wet..

Sift the flour with some salt to taste into a mixing bowl. Using the warm reserved boiling water in small quantities, gradually work the pastry until very soft but not sticky. Wrap in cling wrap and allow to rest for one hour.

Add the powdered cumin seeds to the blended yellow split peas. 

Add some more salt to taste if necessary. 

Mould the dough into small balls of a size sufficient to roll out into the pooris. 

Using a finger make a hole into the centre of the dough balls and carefully place in one teaspoon of the yellow split peas mix. 

Close the hole by pushing in the sides. Roll out the dough balls in flour and carefully roll out into as thin circular pooris as you possibly can.

Heat up a flat saucepan of a size sufficient to hold the pooris. 

Brush the pan with oil and place the pooris in. 

Cook on one side until slightly puffed up and flip onto other side until just cooked. About half a minute in all. Do not overcook or the pooris will harden.

Serve hot with blended tomato or coriander chutneys.

Hint: Dhall pooris may be wrapped individually in aluminium foil and frozen for later use. Place in microwave between kitchen papers and warm up individually for thirty seconds only.

Notes: Personal tips received from Daniel Jose Marie:

"My mum (Marie Claude) and I practised making dahl purri this weekend with a lot of progress. I had a go on Sat night and it didn't turn out right. Too hard and a bit like a pancake. But on Sunday, the result was great. I gave it 7/10 if compared to what you can buy at La Gare in Vacoas.''

A few tips:

Cooking the split peas - no great secret there. Add some salt to the water and cook till soft enough to chew. Make sure you have a good grinder that will to pulverise the grain properly. A blender or food processor won't do the trick. You need a coffee grinder or something as powerful. When ground, add quite a bit of anis & cumin. Of course this is to your taste.

For the dough, use the liquid from the dahl. Take care when adding salt to the flour because the liquid will be salty. Otherwise we made it just like paratas dough. 

We let it sit for 30mins and then kneaded it again just for 2 minutes or so. The real trick was putting the ground dahl in the ball of dough. 

First take a small ball of dough the size of a squash ball. Use both thumbs and make a pit in the middle (it'll tend to shrink back). 

Put the dough with the pit in it in your left hand (I'm right handed). 

Put a spoon of ground dahl in the middle, and then use your left thumb to pack the dahl powder into the pit. 

Let the bottom of the pit expand through your left index and ring fingers. Add some more dahl and push again with your left thumb. 

When it feels like there enough dahl in there, close the pit by bringing all the edges of the pit together to a point and squeeze together. Keep squeezing and bringing up some dough from the sides up towards the centre on top of the ball. 

Put the ball on a well-floured surface, flour the top a bit and roll till quite thin. You'll see the spread of the dahl in the purri as it rolls out. If the spread looks uneven, keep going for this one and do better with the next lot. 

For cooking: Brush oil on a pan at medium heat. Put the purri on the pan and brush the topside lightly with oil. For us what happened for the first time (after 10 or so goes) was that the purri started to bubble, and when we turned it over (after 15-20sec or so seconds), it kept puffing up like a soccer ball. Quite amazing to see.

Cook for only 15-20sec on each side. When cooked, store just like paratas - in a newspaper lined, sealed container.

We had it with chatini of tomate, ail, cotomilli, huile and some piment confit. The result was outstanding - texture, colour, flavour. Criticisms were they were a bit harder than usual DP's and a tad too salty. Next time we are going to try less salt and less cooking time, otherwise very pleased indeed. Dewa here we come!

Good luck to anyone else that tries. Its a tradition that non-resident Mauritians can't afford to lose."


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