Recipe for Dhal Puri

Dal Puri


2lbs self-raising flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 packet yellow split peas

Black pepper


Olive/coconut oil for frying



  • Boil peas with a teaspoon of oil and salt until they are soft enough to be crushed between thumb and index finger.
  • Drain the peas and let them cool on a tray/flat dish.
  • When cooled, grind them in a food processor or manually crush with a fork until fine and powdery.
  • Season with black pepper.


  • In a large bowl, stir flour and baking powder together. Make a well in the centre of the mixture.
  • Mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water. Pour some into the well and mix with hands. Continue adding water and mixing until the dough is of bread-like consistency.
  • Pull the dough together into the middle of the bowl.
  • Allow to stand for at least 30 minutes.
  • Cut dough into smaller pieces and roll into palm-sized balls.
  • Allow to stand for 15 minutes.
  • With your thumb, make a dent in each dough ball and fill with a tablespoonful of the crushed split peas.
  • Carefully pull the dough to enclose the peas inside the ball ensuring that it is completely sealed.
  • Complete all dough balls
  • Heat oil in a cast-iron or frying pan.
  • Roll out each dough ball into a flat disc, being careful to not allow the peas to spill out.
  • Fry until the disc floats and has the desired golden colour. Flip once to cook both sides.