{friendship series} Bedmi Puri – An Uttar Pradesh specialty

28 Feb

As a continuation to my last week’s post, I have featured Ankur’s very own Bedmi Puri recipe. For the uninitiated, Puris are Indian flatbreads that are deep fried in oil and they take a puffed up appearance. Bedmi Puri is a Uttar Pradesh specialty ( a state in the north of India) which uses a unique blend of spices and urad dal.

Urad dal /www.foodsubs.com

Generally, I avoid making deep fried food at home but Bedmi puri is an exception. On days when I am feeling generous and happy such as some work -free weekends, I do make a lavish spread of bedmi puri, dum aloo and kheer ( rice pudding) for my family.

Post this heavenly lunch, we all take a much needed afternoon siesta until it is time to head out for an evening full of social hobnobbing.  Life is good in Bahrain but I still cannot help but feel that familiar longing for my old friends. This post is again about Ankur because I am not done talking about her. When I talk about Ankur, I cannot do so with talking about Deepa.  I write this post from India where I have come down for a short trip to attend a relative’s wedding. Being back in the old space – Delhi/ Noida, brings back a bucket full of memories of Deepa and Ankur. On this trip, I happened to read this beautiful book called “Sister of my Heart” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and I miss both of them even more. I feel compelled to constantly compare the two protagonists – Basudha and Anjali with Deepa and Ankur. If you are fond of beautiful, touching writing that evokes emotions that rise like tides on a full moon, you should read this book.


Deepa also worked with us ( Ankur and me ) in the same organization and I found her as someone who could charm through the coldest of hearts with her enticing smile. I met her at a time when career-wise it was possibly the worst period and I wasn’t in the best of moods to be friendly. But Deepa danced and sang her way through my coldness. Publicly known for her dislike for the culinary arts, Deepa never felt the strong emotions that Ankur and I felt towards food and cooking. But there were other passions that we bonded over such as shopping from thrift shops, office -pantry singing and late night partying.

Goa Trip 050

This post gave me a chance to look back at my life – the carefree life with fewer responsibilities. I took this opportunity to go through all my old albums where I reminisced about our last Goa trip, the trip to Binsar, many a late night dinners and late evening coffees at Cafe Coffee Day and Barista in Noida. Ankur, Deepa and I have way too many memories and even if I try and jot all of them it will take very, many posts. I am afraid, I will only fall short of words reminding me that certain emotions are better remembered and felt. Putting them down in words can never do justice.


Food and memories are central to my blog. Being blessed with terrible memory, this blog is my only rescue. Through words, I greedily try and capture all possible memories which time is hastily trying to erase. On 24th of Feb, this blog completed 4 years. It just slipped past unnoticed – ofcourse only I remembered because like a mother who can never forget her children’s birthdays, I cannot forget my blog’s birthday too. This blog has been my loyal companion for 4 years, changing and moulding itself into any shape that I gave it over these 4 years. I had planned  a lot of things for my blog – a new look, a giveaway etc. but none of it materialized due to the lack  of time which is such a mundane excuse that I cringe as I write it. I know I haven’t shown as much affection to the blog as it has and yet it serves me uncomplainingly. I am determined to change that going forward.

Now for the recipe of the Bedmi Puri that Ankur shared with me – thank you Ankur! Miss you and Deepa a lot.


8 Responses to “{friendship series} Bedmi Puri – An Uttar Pradesh specialty”

  1. Deena Kakaya March 1, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    Oh wow, they look golden, dense and crisp…undoubtedly a gorgeous combination! Lovely post too x

  2. La @ FoodSlice March 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    I haven’t eaten puri in so long.. this makes my mouth water.. Never heard of this version but next time i make puri, this is what i will make. Spicy and deep fried sounds like the perfect combination to me.
    Do you think its the suji that keeps the puri crisp without falling flat or just frying it till its browned up?

    • Anita Menon March 5, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      The suji helps keep the puri crisp. Not too sure about the browning as such. Think its the fried urad dal masala that gives the puri its deep golden-brown colour

  3. Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania March 7, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Bedmi puri is something now to me…I loved the use of ginger and urad dal in this recipe. I am sure, your family looks forward to your work-free weekends. It is double fun for them after all: spending time with you and getting to eat delicious food!

  4. atasteofmadess March 12, 2014 at 1:47 am #

    I also usually avoid deep fried food at home, but I think I would want to try this!! This looks SO good!

    • Anita Menon March 12, 2014 at 6:05 am #

      Bedmi puri is special indeed. Do try it with the dum aloo recipe on the blog. Its a perfect combination

  5. Online Pharmacy May 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Hello, I read your blog daily. Your writing style is awesome, keep it up!

    • Anita Menon May 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      Thank you so much! Means a lot me. Keeps me morivated

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