Toast the cumin seeds in a dry frying pan. Grind in a mortar.
Drain and rinse the peas and boil in fresh water until just tender. Drain well and blend with the cumin in a food processor (the mixture should be like a powder). Add salt to taste.
Place the flour, turmeric and 2 pinches of salt in a large bowl and mix well. Add the water, mix to a smooth dough and knead for about 5 minutes. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and leave for 20–30 minutes.
Form the dough into balls weighing about 60 g. Make an indent in the centre of each ball and stuff with the pea mixture. Seal the dough around the filling. Roll the balls out on a floured surface to very thin rounds.
Brush a frying pan (non-stick is ideal) with oil and cook each dholl puri over high heat for 2 minutes on each side. Before flipping, brush the top with a little oil.


  • ½ tbsp cumin seeds
  • 250 g yellow split peas, soaked overnight
  • salt
  • 1 kg plain flour
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 400 ml warm water
  • vegetable oil