Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread – Vegan Flatbread

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread is a Caribbean special flatbread made with split pea filling. It is delicious with a mix of simple spices and is a vegan flatbread

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread

Dhal puri, when I first heard the name, I was imagining some kind of deep fried puri. When I researched further on the recipe, I learned that this is somewhat a savory version of our Puran Boli made with split pea / chana dal. I referred to as many websites and videos to try to make it as close as possible to the authentic Caribbean Dhal Puri. The process of making it was thrilling, that my son who was watching me make it, volunteered to shoot a video of it and he also helped me open my YouTube channel to add this as my first video.

Trinidad and Tobago island’s cuisine has a blend of Indian, African, European, Arab, Chinese, Creole and Latin American influence. Many of their recipes will remind you of our Indian dishes and this was one such kind. This Dhal Puri roti is eaten with a meat side dish and is very popular in the island.


We use very basic ingredients in the recipe here and it is quite simple to make, once we get a hang of stuffing and rolling the roti. It took me a couple of trials before I was able to seal it perfectly. Making the filling in the right consistency is the key and I have explained as clearly as possible below in the procedure. Also my YouTube Video here should help to visually see the process.

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread

My Other recipes in the A-Z International Flatbread Series –

A forΒ Aish Baladi
B forΒ Boulanee Katchalu
C for Chickpea Flatbread / Socca

Preparation time – 10 minutes plus 30 minutes resting time
Cooking time – about 60 minutes
Difficulty level – Intermediate
Recipe adapted from – One Green Planet

Ingredients to make Dhal Puri – Makes 8 large flatbread

For the Dough –

  • All Purpose flour – 2 1/2 cups
  • Baking powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 TBSP plus more to grease the flatbread
  • Water – as needed to make the dough

For the filling –

  • Chana dal / split pea – 1 cup
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Green chili – 3
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – as needed

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread

Procedure to make Dhal Puri –

To make the Dough –

  • Combine the ingredients mentioned for the dough and knead well to make a soft dough.
  • The dough should be quite soft but not sticky. Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes.

To Make the Filling –

  • Boil at least 6 cups of water. Add the measured chana dal / split pea to the boiling water along with the turmeric powder.
  • Let the lentil cook just until tender. Do not let it become mushy. The split pea should still be holding its shape but should easily crumble when crushed between fingers.

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread

  • At this stage, drain the peas and let it thoroughly dry. I spread mine on a kitchen cloth to remove all the extra moisture. This step is very important to get a powdery filling. Otherwise, the filling will become too mushy and will be hard to roll.
  • Place the dried and cooked peas, garlic, green chilies, cumin and salt in the food processor and make it into a fine powder.

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread

To shape and cook the Dhal Puri –

  • Divide the dough into 8 equal balls.

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread

  • Flatten a ball to a size of a puri, about 4 inches in diameter and preferably thicker in the center and thinner on the outside.
  • Stuff a heaping 3 TBSP of filling and bring the edges of the dough to the center and seal. The pictorials below and the video should help better to understand the shaping process. I also have a detailed video on YouTube.
  • Dust the stuffed ball with enough flour and roll it into a thin flatbread. Make it as thin as possible without tearing the dough.
  • Brush a skillet / pan with oil and place the rolled dough in the hot pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown, brushing with enough oil.

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread

  • Keep it warm in between layers of kitchen towel. Serve warm.

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread
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Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread - Vegan Flatbread

Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread is a Caribbean special flatbread made with split pea filling. It is delicious with a mix of simple spices and is a vegan flatbread.

Course Breakfast, Flatbread, Lunch Recipes
Cuisine Caribbean, Tobago, Trinidad
Keyword flatbread, Lentil, Stuffed flatbread, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 flatbread

Ingredients

For the Dough -

  • All Purpose flour - 2 1/2 cups
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 TBSP plus more to grease the flatbread
  • Water - as needed to make the dough

For the filling -

  • Chana dal / split pea - 1 cup
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Green chili - 3
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed

Instructions

To make the Dough -

  1. Combine the ingredients mentioned for the dough and knead well to make a soft dough.
  2. The dough should be quite soft but not sticky. Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes.

To Make the Filling -

  1. Boil at least 6 cups of water. Add the measured chana dal / split pea to the boiling water along with the turmeric powder.
  2. Let the lentil cook just until tender. Do not let it become mushy. The split pea should still be holding its shape but should easily crumble when crushed between fingers.
  3. At this stage, drain the peas and let it thoroughly dry. I spread mine on a kitchen cloth to remove all the extra moisture. This step is very important to get a powdery filling. Otherwise, the filling will become too mushy and will be hard to roll.
  4. Place the dried and cooked peas, garlic, green chilies, cumin and salt in the food processor and make it into a fine powder.

To shape and cook the Dhal Puri -

  1. Divide the dough into 8 equal balls.
  2. Flatten a ball to a size of a puri, about 4 inches in diameter and preferably thicker in the center and thinner on the outside.
  3. Stuff a heaping 3 TBSP of filling and bring the edges of the dough to the center and seal. The pictorials below and the video should help better to understand the shaping process. I also have a detailed video on YouTube.
  4. Dust the stuffed ball with enough flour and roll it into a thin flatbread. Make it as thin as possible without tearing the dough.
  5. Brush a skillet / pan with oil and place the rolled dough in the hot pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown, brushing with enough oil.
  6. Keep it warm in between layers of kitchen towel. Serve warm.

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24 thoughts on “Dhal Puri | Trinidad Split Pea Stuffed Flatbread – Vegan Flatbread

  1. Looks like we have same wavelength Sandhya, after Aish Baladi now its dal puri..You have rolled them super prefectly yaar, seriously am in love with your prefects flatbreads. Beautiful plating.

  2. Congrats on the channel Sandhya. Your son has done a wonderful job in capturing. A small tip from me, try embedding the video in the post itself. Dal puri has turned out perfect.

  3. Awesome ! Truly an awesome post . I like the way you have stuffed and then rolled so thin . I must say that video is fantastic , it gives you the perfect way to make and what a fabulous job by the little boy . Kudos and a big hug to him . A hug to the proud mama as well :))

  4. Looks fantastic, Sandhya. As sowmya said, loving all the variations of savory puran poli. I am wondering whether dhal puri or Dhapate won the popular vote so far this series πŸ™‚

  5. This seems to be the dish of the day! And congrats on the youtube channel. Will go and take a look for sure. Your pics looks super inviting and love that blue bowl and its contents in background!

  6. This dhal puri looking great, we too make a chana dal paratha like this. But adds extra spices. Surely a yummy recipe. Lovely clicks with this angle.

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