Air Fryer Poori - Air Fryer Puri

// Discover healthier Air Fryer Poori! Easy, no-oil Indian flatbread recipe, perfect for guilt-free indulgence. Quick, fluffy & golden. Try now!



Air Fryer Poori is a delicious and healthier twist on the classic deep-fried poori recipe. Made with just 3 ingredients, this lighter, healthier, and fluffy version of the exquisite Poori or Indian deep-fried bread is sure to grace any dinner table.

You just need 20 minutes and a few handy ingredients to make these delicious golden, puffed-up perfections of pooris.

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A close-up of a golden-brown air fried poori on a rustic metal plate with a blurred background of Indian cuisine. The poori is golden brown and has a slightly crispy texture.

On this page, I have shared a step-by-step picture and video recipe on how to make air fryer poori at home. Just follow this easy recipe, and make fail-proof puffed-up puri each time.

About Air Fryer Poori

Air Fryer Poori, aka Air-fried puri recipe, is an easy, mess-free, and healthier version of traditional Indian Poori. This recipe is a revolutionary spin on traditional Indian Flatbread. 

Traditional poori making requires deep-frying, but this no oil, or no fry poori recipe is made by using an air fryer to cook the poori instead of deep frying them in oil. 

Air fryer makes the perfect pooris without the use of any oil. This results in a poori that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is served with a potato curry.

Since these pooris are boiled in water before air-frying, many people also call it water-fried poori.

Prepared with simple ingredients like whole wheat flour, yogurt, and salt, this Air Fryer Poori recipe is super easy to make. The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it maintains the beloved puffiness and taste without the need for deep frying.

This Air Fryer Poori recipe was going viral for some time, so I just had to try this air fryer Indian recipe. And I am so glad that I tried this viral air-fryer puri recipe because it retains the soul-satisfying taste.

They taste almost like a poori; you won’t miss any deep frying in this recipe.

So, with this simple recipe, I can indulge in the traditional taste of classic Indian Puri without any guilt. Made with no oil, this recipe is perfect for both who are health-conscious and who love traditional poori.

A person holding a perfectly puffed air-fried poori in their hands. The poori is round, fluffy, and golden brown. The person is wearing a blue dress with a floral pattern.

Kid Approved Non Fried Puri Recipe

Adults and kids both love a good puffed-up poori. But since kids are usually fussy about the taste of a particular dish, it’s hard to please them. And I can tell you from personal experience that this is a kid-approved poori recipe.

I served these beautiful air-fryer poori with Amritsari chole to my daughter without telling her that they were air fried. She is one of those kids who adore poori with chole like anything.

And she enjoyed the pooris to the core; after finishing her lunch, I told her that they were air fried, she did not believe me.

Then I had to cook a few pooris in front of her to make her believe she was really stunned by the outcome. And she declared that from now on, I will make this air-fried poori in a 9:1 ratio. 9 times air-fried poori, and 1 deep-fried puri.

This innovative recipe transforms the traditional deep-fried Indian flatbread into a crispy, fluffy bread with the magic of air frying technology. It’s an ideal example of how modern cooking techniques can update authentic dishes for today’s wellness-focused lifestyle.

This poori recipe might be one of the best air fryer Indian recipes.

This quick flatbread recipe that’s ready in minutes, making it perfect for busy weekdays or impromptu gatherings.

Whether you are hosting a dinner, need a new breakfast idea, or just craving something delicious, these air-fryer puris are sure to impress.

This Air Fryer Poori

  • is a healthier and delicious choice

  • can easily be customized

  • is quick and easy to make

  • can be served with your favorite curries and gravies

  • is made without any oil

  • comes out golden and fluffy

  • is an alternative to traditional fried puri

  • are a surefire hit for any meal

  • is cooked in an air-fryer

  • don’t compromise on taste

  • is perfect as a base for many toppings

  • can be cooked by anyone

  • is an innovative take on the traditional recipe

  • can also be made vegan

  • is perfect for parties and gatherings

Ingredients

  • Whole Wheat Flour: Atta or whole wheat flour is the backbone of this poori recipe. It gives the air fried puri its fiber content and a nutty flavor. For a variation, you can also use all purpose flour in this recipe.

  • Plain Yogurt: A little bit of thick plain yogurt is added to the dough. It adds moisture, tanginess, and also helps in leavening, giving the pooris a light texture.

  • Water: You will need warm water to knead the dough into a soft, yet firm dough of pliable texture. Water is also used for boiling puri.

  • Salt: A little bit of salt enhances the flavors of this poori. You can use any salt of your choice.

A hand reaching for a fluffy air-fried poori from a collection on a silver platter, with Indian dishes in the backdrop.

How to Make Poori in Air Fryer

The preparation of puri or air fryer poori is very simple. You just have to knead whole wheat flour, salt, plain yogurt, and warm water together into a soft but firm dough. Then let the dough rest.

Divide the dough into small-sized balls, and roll them into 3-4 inches diameter circles. Then boil them in hot water for about 2 minutes, pat dry them on a kitchen towel.

Place the puris in the air fryer basket, without overlapping. Air-fry for about 4 minutes in a preheated air fryer at 190°C (374°F). If they’re not golden and crispy, give them another minute or two. Watch as they puff up and turn perfectly crispy.

Your golden and puffed-up air fryer pooris are ready. Serve these golden beauties hot with your favorite curry, chutney, or side dish.

Variations

Air fryer Masala Poori

To make a masala poori recipe in an air-fryer, you need to add a handful of powdered and whole spices to the dough. 

Simply add the spices such as cumin seeds, carom seeds, crushed fennel seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, hing, kasuri methi, and garam masala powder along with the salt.

Air fryer Palak Poori

You can also make the lush-green fiber-rich poori in an air fryer. In this air fryer version of palak puri, you need to replace water with spinach puree.

Air fryer Methi Poori

To make air-fried methi poori in the air fryer, add freshly chopped methi aka fenugreek leaves, or crushed kasuri methi to the dough.

Vegan Air Fryer Poori

To make a vegan version of the Air Fryer Puri recipe, you need to swap yogurt with a dairy-free yogurt alternative. The rest of the recipe will be the same.

Gluten-Free Air Fryer Poori

If you are lactose intolerant, or just follow a gluten-free diet, then you can make a gluten-free version of air-fried puri by substituting whole wheat flour with a gluten-free flour blend.

Ajwain Air Fryer Poori

Add about 1 tablespoon of crushed carom seeds aka ajwain to the dough to make ajwain air fryer puri.

Storage Suggestions

Just like traditional puris, Air Fryer Pooris also taste best when enjoyed hot straight from the air-fryer. But these can also be stored in an airtight container for up to one day at room temperature and for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

When you want to serve, simply serve them at room temperature or reheat for about 20 seconds in the microwave to regain the freshness and taste.

Serving Suggestions

Poori is a simple flatbread that is so versatile, it can be enjoyed in many ways.

Air-fried poori recipe can be served with any spicy side dish like jeera aloo, aloo bhaji, chole masala, rajma masala, paneer korma, or dal makhani.

It can also be served as a tea-time snack along with pickles like besan ki mirchi, or mirchi ke tipore, and a hot cup of caramel chai.

Kids love puri and jam, so you can also smear some strawberry jam, peach jam, or even marmalade on this poori, and enjoy it as a sweet indulgence.

Overhead view of a plate of four air fryer pooris on a wooden tray with a vintage silver rim, set on a concrete surface. The pooris are served with a variety of curries and chutneys.

Anupama’s Tips & Tricks to Make Best Air Fryer Poori

  1. Dough Consistency: When you knead the dough, make sure that the dough is neither too soft nor too hard. A soft yet firm dough will puff up beautifully in the air fryer.

  2. Add-ons: This is a basic poori recipe. You can add your favorite spices such as cumin seeds, carom seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, etc. To make it fiber-rich, you can also add vegetable puree of your choice to the dough.

  3. Yogurt: This recipe uses plain yogurt. It helps in moisturizing the dough in the absence of oil.

  4. Oil/Dry Flour: While rolling the puris, make sure you either oil or dust the rolling surface. This step prevents the dough from sticking and makes rolling easier.

  5. Rolling: While rolling the pooris, make sure that you roll them evenly for uniform cooking. Do not roll them too thick or too thin. Too thin pooris won’t puff, and too thick puri will be doughy inside.

  6. Air Fryer Temperature: To ensure the pooris cook evenly, make sure to preheat the air fryer before air-frying. I preheated the air-fryer for about 7 minutes at 374°F (190°C).

  7. Cooking Time: I air-fried each batch for 4 minutes. The air-frying time may vary depending on your air fryer model, so start with 3 minutes and after that increase the timing by 1-2 minutes to prevent burning.

  8. Flipping: I don’t flip the pooris halfway through cooking. Feel free to flip the pooris after 2 minutes to have a golden hue on both sides.

  9. Brushing: I did brush or spray the poori with oil. If you want an oily shine, then feel free to brush or spray the pooris with oil before air-frying.

FAQ

Can you make puri in an air fryer?

Many people wonder if puris can be made in an air fryer. Absolutely, you can air fry puri. The air fryer offers a wonderful way to cook pooris without any oil.

Is poori healthy?

The traditional deep-fried poori is not considered healthy. But if you make no oil air fryer poori, they surely are as healthy as your daily staple flatbread roti.

Air Fryer Poori Temperature?

Generally, puris turn out perfect when you air fry them at 374°F (190°C) for 4-5 minutes. But this time might depend on the brand of your air fryer. So, for making the first batch, you can start with 2 or 3 minutes, and increase as you go until the puris are golden and puffed.

Can I make these pooris gluten-free?

Yes, making gluten-free air fryer poori is possible. To make a gluten-free version, substitute the wheat flour with a gluten-free blend.


Air Fryer Poori - Air Fryer Puri (Step-by-step photo instructions)

Prepare the Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour and salt. Add the plain yogurt and start mixing. Gradually add warm water as needed to form a soft but firm dough. Knead the dough for about 3-4 minutes. The dough should not be sticky.
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  3. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel or cloth and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
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Roll the Pooris:

  1. After resting, knead the dough briefly again and then shape it into a log. Divide it into small pieces, and roll them into equal-sized balls. The size of each ball will determine the size of your puris, so aim for about 1 inch in diameter.
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  3. Add a drop of oil to the work surface or coat the dough ball in dry flour.
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  5. Now, using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a circle. Each circle should be approximately 3-4 inches in diameter and evenly flat. Make sure that you do not roll them too thin, or else the puris will become crispy.
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Boil the Poori

  1. Before air-frying, boil water in a large pot.
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  3. Once the water is boiling, gently drop a few puris into the water. Let them boil for about 2 minutes or until they puff up slightly and come to the surface. This step helps ensure they puff up in the air fryer and also gives the puris a shiny glaze similar to deep-fried puris.
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  5. Remove the boiled puris with a slotted spoon.
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  7. Place them on a clean kitchen towel to absorb any excess water. Pat the puris dry and then boil the rest of the puris.
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Air-Fry the Poori

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 190°C (374°F). Place the boiled puris in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not overlapping. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do this in batches.
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  3. Air-fry the puris for about 4 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy. If they are not golden, you may air-fry for 1-2 more minutes or until they are cooked. The exact time may vary depending on your air fryer model, so keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
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  5. Once the puris are puffed, remove them from the air fryer basket and air fry the rest of the puris.
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Serving

  1. Air Fryer Poori is ready.
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  3. Serve the air-fried pooris hot with your choice of curry, chutney, or any side dish.
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Recipe Card


Air Fryer Poori - Air Fryer Puri [Recipe]

Recipe Image
Discover healthier Air Fryer Poori! Easy, no-oil Indian flatbread recipe, perfect for guilt-free indulgence. Quick, fluffy & golden. Try now!
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Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
25 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Breads Indian 12
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
11 calories 1 Poori

INGREDIENTS

For Air Fryer Poori Air Fryer Puri
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • Warm water as needed (for dough)
  • Some dry flour or a few drops of oil for rolling
  • Extra water for boiling puris

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare the Dough
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour and salt. Add the plain yogurt and start mixing. Gradually add warm water as needed to form a soft but firm dough. Knead the dough for about 3-4 minutes. The dough should not be sticky.
  2. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel or cloth and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
Roll the Pooris:
  1. After resting, knead the dough briefly again and then shape it into a log. Divide it into small pieces, and roll them into equal-sized balls. The size of each ball will determine the size of your puris, so aim for about 1 inch in diameter.
  2. Add a drop of oil to the work surface or coat the dough ball in dry flour.
  3. Now, using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a circle. Each circle should be approximately 3-4 inches in diameter and evenly flat. Make sure that you do not roll them too thin, or else the puris will become crispy.
Boil the Poori
  1. Before air-frying, boil water in a large pot.
  2. Once the water is boiling, gently drop a few puris into the water. Let them boil for about 2 minutes or until they puff up slightly and come to the surface. This step helps ensure they puff up in the air fryer and also gives the puris a shiny glaze similar to deep-fried puris.
  3. Remove the boiled puris with a slotted spoon.
  4. Place them on a clean kitchen towel to absorb any excess water. Pat the puris dry and then boil the rest of the puris.
Air-Fry the Poori
  1. Preheat the air fryer to 190°C (374°F). Place the boiled puris in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not overlapping. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do this in batches.
  2. Air-fry the puris for about 4 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy. If they are not golden, you may air-fry for 1-2 more minutes or until they are cooked. The exact time may vary depending on your air fryer model, so keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  3. Once the puris are puffed, remove them from the air fryer basket and air fry the rest of the puris.
Serving
  1. Air Fryer Poori is ready.
  2. Serve the air-fried pooris hot with your choice of curry, chutney, or any side dish.

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NOTES:

  1. The boiling step before air-frying is important for getting the puris to puff up, so do not skip it.
  2. If the puris are not puffing up, they might be rolled too thick or too thin. Make sure that you do not roll them too thick or too thin.
  3. For an oily glaze, you can lightly brush or spray the pooris with oil before air-frying.


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