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Air-Fryer Puri (Chaat Puri)

by Sophie

Air-fryer puri for pani puri, made from scratch. This whole-wheat crispy, puffed puri is perfect for making some homemade no-fry puris when you are out of puris or don’t have those ready-to-cook puris. Presenting my baked, air-fried pani puri. 

Crispy, air-fryer puri

I love air-frying puris than frying. It’s been four to five years since we eat only air-fried puris.

Air fryer puri

We buy those tiny ready-to-fry puris, pop them in air-fryer and watch those puff like tiny balls inside the air fryer. Easy-peasy right! Well, it’s easy as it sounds and I LOVE those.

crispy atta puri

But then, we are in a new-normal-situation now, where going out has become an emergency-thing. And, panipuri really doesn’t fall into that category.

Crispy air-fryer pani puri

Having said that, panipuri lovers like me often crave something that’s crispy, spicy, and tangy. Believe me, the diet cucumber panipuri is equally yum too. But then, I need cucumbers for that and going out is a big no, and if I have to then, why not pick some real ones!

Air-fried puri

Therefore, I made some experiments with three types of doughs.

  • Number one: whole wheat, little oil and salt and knead to a stretchy dough.
  • Number two: pure semolina dough with salt and warm water.
  • Number three: wheat flour, semolina, tapioca starch, and baking soda+salt taste. Results are: 
Pani puri with three doughs

As you can see in the picture, the semolina dough didn’t rise much. But it’s still crispy and papdi-like texture. The tapioca based has a crispy, light but semi-puffed texture. The just-simple, plain whole-wheat dough, however, resulted in perfectly puffed puris.

CrispLid puri

These puris, almost all, were puffed and can be used in making panipuri or other chaats. If I compare them with store-bought puris that I air-fry, these really feel small. They didn’t puff like a little, round ball. But they puffed enough to hold some potato or chickpea mixture and some of that spicy, tangy pani or water. 

How To Make Air-Fryer puri?

How to make puri in air-fryer

Crispy, puffed air-fryer puris perfect for indian chaats and panipuri. 

Ingredients: 

1 cup atta or whole-wheat flour (sifted), 1 tbsp oil (any oil), 1/2 tsp salt or salt to taste, 1/4 cup warm water or as needed to knead the dough

Method Of Making Air-Fryer Puri:

  • Add the flour and salt into a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Now add oil and mix it well. Break the lumps by rubbing the flour between your palms. Now add warm water little by little and knead a soft, yet stretchy dough.
  • Cover and let the dough rest for 10-minutes. 
Dough for air-fryer pani puri
  • Preheat your air fryer or CrispLid at 350F for 7-minutes. 
  • Clean the air-fryer or CrispLid basket and line it with parchment paper. 
  • Meanwhile, divide the dough into small balls and roll them into disc-shaped thin tortillas or rotis. Use a round cookie cutter to cut small discs out of it.
cutting out pani puri
  • Place the discs on air-fryer basket.
Air frying pani puris
  • Cook them for 3-minutes and flip and cook for another 2-minutes.
Air-frying with crisplid
  • The tiny puris will puff up and look brown around the edges. 
Air-fryer pani puri
  • Transfer the puris to a cooling rack.
Air-Fryer Puri
  • Use the puris in your favorite chaat recipe and store the rest in an air-tight container.
  • Enjoy!
Pani puri air fryer made
Air-Fryer Puri

Air-Fryer Puri

Crispy, oil-free, air-fryer puri for making Indian chaats. These tiny puri are non-fried and made from our everyday whole-wheat flour. Plus, they are made in an air-fryer.
4.59 from 12 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Chaat, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Air-fryer puri, Baked pani puri, Crispy air-fryer chaat puri, keto pani puri
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Resting: 10 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $4

Equipment

  • CrispLid
  • Instant pot
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup atta or whole-wheat flour sifted
  • 1 tbsp oil any oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup warm water or as needed to knead the dough

Instructions

  • Add the flour and salt into a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Now add oil and mix it well. Break the lumps by rubbing the flour between your palms. Now add warm water little by little and knead a soft, yet stretchy dough.
  • Cover and let the dough rest for 10-minutes.
  • Preheat your air fryer or CrispLid at 350F for 7-minutes.
  • Clean the air-fryer or CrispLid basket and line it with parchment paper.
  • Meanwhile, divide the dough into small balls and roll them into disc-shaped thin tortillas or rotis. Use a round cookie cutter to cut small discs out of it.
  • Place the discs on the air-fryer basket.
  • Cook them for 3-minutes and flip and cook for another 2-minutes.
  • The tiny puris will puff up and look brown around the edges.
  • Transfer the puris to a cooling rack.
  • Use the puris in your favorite chaat recipe and store the rest in an air-tight container.
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Notes

  • I haven’t made these in a conventional oven, so I really can’t say if the same process (temp setting) will work for a baked version.
  • I haven’t sprayed or brushed the puris with oil.
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Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g
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Crispy air-fryer puris

Here is my diet cucumber pani puri recipe.

Cucumber Pani Puri

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5 comments

Pam June 30, 2020 - 8:41 am

5 stars
I haven’t had my air fryer long, and I’m on the lookout for recipes beyond the usual. Perfect timing!

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Beth June 30, 2020 - 8:49 am

5 stars
These were so delicious and easy. My kids gobbled them up!

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Ashley June 30, 2020 - 9:01 am

5 stars
These look so fun to make! Can’t wait to try them — they’ll pair well with our Indian takeout later this week!

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Toni June 30, 2020 - 9:06 am

5 stars
This was so good!! My kids and husband really loved it!

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Helen June 30, 2020 - 9:06 am

5 stars
These look awesome. I’ve never tried making puris at home but I’m tempted to give it a try now! Thanks.

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