Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Puri, Aloo Channa Bhaji, Halwa - Pakistani Traditional Breakfast

My today's recipe goes to Pakistani breakfast, if you are my follower you have already noticed that am running a  month of blogging marathon. As i told earlier,this week's theme is combo meals, hence i picked a traditional Pakistani breakfast, as this dish goes for three different dishes. This combo meal is a classic breakfast of Pakistan, obviously you cant eat puri without channa bhaaji and halwa to finish this breakfast prefectly.Pakistani cuisine is a refined blend of various regional cooking traditions of South Asia. Pakistani cuisine is very similar to North Indian cuisine, but incorporates noticeable Afghan, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern influences.The fusion Mughlai cuisine is the most popular cuisine found in most Pakistani restaurants.

A typical pakistani breakfast is called nashta, during holidays or weekends halwa,poori and cholay/Channa is a must and these three dishes are very much appreciated by the locals. Hence i picked this three dishes to serve virtually to you all.

Aloo channa bhaji,Halwa,Puri

Usually South Indians make puri/poori with whole wheat flour but this Pakistani puri is prepared with more All purpose flour,less wheat flour. And the channa bhaaji served along this deep fried flat bread with goes for simple ingredients, yes you doesnt need to chop or saute for hours. This fingerlicking bhaaji makes an excellent side dish and they are very easy to dish out. Halwa or sooji ka halwa is almost the same as South Indian kesari. Halwa is made exactly wat we go for making our South Indian semolina kesari. After have a super filling breakfast, the halwa makes an excellent dessert to finish this rich and satisfying meal. Now i can understand why the locals reserve this traditional breakfast for weekends and holidays, trust me after having all these three dishes you need to take a nap else you will definitely feel lazy and sleepy.

Puri, aloo channa bhaji, halwa

Puri/Deepfried flat bread:
2cups All purpose flour/Maida
1/2 cup Wheat flour/Aata
2tsp Oil
Oil for deep frying

Pakistani Puri, Puffed flat bread

Mix both flours with salt.

Slowly add 1 cup of water and oil to knead a soft and stiff dough. Keep aside for an hour.

Divide the dough into medium sized balls, grease the rolling surface and roll each ball as round puris.

Flat as you can, meanwhile heat oil for deepfrying.

Deep fry in hot oil on both sides.

Remove with slotted spoon and drain the excess of oil.

Aloo Channa Bhaaji:
1cup Boiled channa
1cup Cubed potatoes
1/4tsp Baking soda
1/2tsp Cumin seeds powder
1tsp Chilly powder
1/4tsp Turmeric  powder
1/2tsp Garam masala powder

Aloo channa bhaji, potato chickpeas curry

Cook the cubed potatoes with enough salt and water, meanwhile in an another pot, cook the channa with baking soda, salt and water.

Cook both until they turns soft.

Now combine both together, add the cumin seed powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and oil.

Cook all together in simmer until a nice aroma comes from.

Adjust the consistency of the bhaaji as you desire.

Serve hot.

Sooji Ka Halwa/Halwa:
1/2cup Semolina/Sooji
1/4cup Ghee
1/2cup Sugar
1/2tsp Cardamom seed powder

Yellow or orange food colour

Sooji Ka halwa, Halwa, Semolina Halwa

Dry roast the Sooji until a nice aroma comes from.

Meanwhile combine sugar,food colour and a cup of water to make syrup.

Add this syrup to the Suji and cook on low heat to desired consistency.

Add the ghee and  cardamom seed powder to the halwa.

Serve warm.

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MySpicyKitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Same pinch, Priya. Even I did Pakistan & similar breakfast but different style of cooking. Curry poori & halwa is perfect weekend nashta. Btw, even my grandma's generation use to call nashta. I think it us the nizam influence.

cookingwithsapana said... Reply To This Comment

Such a wonderful spread .I just had my dinner and still want to taste this food.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

interesting combo!!! so much similar to Indian, but addition of halwa is interesting here!!

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

That's a great combination Priya, bad girl I have this coming up

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious combo feast Priya.Love all the three dishes on the menu...

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Absolutely delicious combination. I am craving for a plate of that halwa right now!!

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Love it! This is a classic combo even in Punjab. I am sure it is the same across the border.

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

That is such a delicious combo..I can vouch for it since I made it for the last marathon..amazing recipes and each dish compliments the other. Fantastic !

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

what a perfect combo every thing looks so delicious

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Wat a coincidence aks the first thing came to my mind was Halwa poori for combo meals and you have it here already :) I made them today will be posting soon such an delightful platter isn't it :)

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

dessert for breakfast> definitely a holiday meal - looks so good

Srividhya said... Reply To This Comment

halwa, poori and aloo? Wow. Priya you dont need three recipes to satisfy me.. poori and aloo will do ;-) ;-) lol

Kalyani said... Reply To This Comment

Super combo !! Tempting clicks

Sneha's Recipe said... Reply To This Comment

What an awesome and delicious breakfast spread.

Sandhiya said... Reply To This Comment

Such a beautiful and inviting spread and it looks absolutely delicious.

Archana said... Reply To This Comment

Yum yum yum . I love the combos its delicious and wish I can dig in right now.

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

That is one classic combo and love the delicious spread anytime.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious combo priya!! Love that bhaaji and the halwa color is soo inviting! ! I might as well skip my lunch after such a scrumptious break! !!

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

What a filling and delicious combo you got there Priya. I wanted to make this too, but couldn't. You are tempting me to make it very soon.