Definition of puri in US English:


(also poori)


  • (in Indian cooking) a small, round, flat piece of bread made of unleavened wheat flour, deep-fried and served with meat or vegetables.

    • ‘Moori, chanchur, oranges, pakoras, puris, etc, were shoved down enormous mouths.’
    • ‘Little stalls on wheels serve up ‘tiffin’: banana chips, grilled corn on the cob on a stick, vegetable bhajis, bel puri, little rice batter puffs with a stew of channa poured into them.’
    • ‘Where do parathas and puris fit into school lunches?’
    • ‘Who on earth would expect chaat, paratha, paani puri, rasmalai, saag ghosht, paneer or gulab jamun as part of their in flight meal?’
    • ‘Hot and cold dishes are served with side dishes of tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, sulguni (a cheese), and puri (unleavened bread baked in an open brick oven).’
    • ‘Where else in Kochi, but Kadavanthara can one find people enjoying bhel puris, paani puris, paav bhaajis, gol gappas and samosas from the row of chaat stalls.’
    • ‘At Kanahya's, the puris (of wheat) were light and fluffy; the potatoes, in a sauce of jaggery and tamarind, tangy.’
    • ‘With around 13 varieties of chaat, the fest features paav bhaji, dehi puris, fruit chaats, kachories etc, will be on till June 16.’
    • ‘For breakfast and lunch, there was a yummy menu, which included everything from potato chips, burgers, spring rolls and puris, to large dollops of ice cream.’
    • ‘The old man handed her a plate and served her the first puri, filled with ragda, tamarind chutney, and chilli water.’
    • ‘Unlike in Karnataka, the children there did not eat rice every day, hence the menu had to be changed to include chapathis and puris.’
    • ‘Had they been any better, they would be threatening the peerless position of the puri at my local Indian restaurant, Gourock's Taj Mahal.’
    • ‘Heat the oil in a kadai and deep fry the puris one at a time and serve hot.’
    • ‘We don't have to deprive ourselves of sev puri, pav bhaji and gooey chocolate cake.’
    • ‘But there are heaps of crispy-looking puris, waiting to be doused in masala or pani.’
    • ‘Sharma missed the smell of puris cooking in hot oil, of eggplants sizzling in masala.’
    • ‘I started with a prawn puri, which is a light, thin chapati with prawns in a gravy that, depending upon whether it is the Bombay or Punjabi version of the dish, can be sweet and sour or not.’
    • ‘We will have to reduce our share of desi ghee, butter, parathas, gajar ka halwa, butter chicken, puris and the recent trend of eating junk food.’
    • ‘They also made delicious puri (fluffy hollow bread) and raita (that yoghurty accompaniment).’
    • ‘If I eat chapathi, puri, samosa, there is burning and itching.’


Via Hindi from Sanskrit pūrikā.