pu·​ri | \ ˈpu̇r-ē How to pronounce puri (audio) \
plural puri or puris

Definition of puri

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a puffy fried wheat cake of India


geographical name
Pu·​ri | \ ˈpu̇r-ē How to pronounce Puri (audio) \

Definition of Puri (Entry 2 of 2)

city on the Bay of Bengal in the state of Odisha, eastern India population 157,610

Examples of puri in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dassana's Veg Recipes will tell you how to make your own pani puri. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Do People Picnic Around the Globe?," 23 Sep. 2020 It’s about finding the chaat wallah in a specific alleyway who serves Mumbai’s best bhel puri; the superlative noodle stall in Singapore in a sea of food vendors; the doubles in Tobago sold out of an unmarked van in a parking lot. Priya Krishna, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Food Tour Guides, Requests to "Eat Like a Local" Are Complicated," 9 Sep. 2020 Like chapati, puri is made from a simple durum wheat flour dough. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "16 Flatbread Recipes to Satisfy Your Carb Cravings," 25 Mar. 2020 Fuchka typically contains mashed potato and bengal gram, while pani puri’s main ingredient is chickpeas. NBC News, "South Asian eateries in U.S. distinguishing cuisine from 'Indian food' umbrella," 17 Feb. 2020 A few San Francisco favorites, including butter chicken and dahi puri, will carry over to Palo Alto, too. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s Rooh to open live-fire Indian restaurant in Palo Alto," 7 Jan. 2020 For a dramatic start, order the dahi batata puri, a chaat, popular all over India, that looks something like a cluster of cartoon dinosaur eggs. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Angel Indian’s Impressive Array of Vegetarian Standards and Showstoppers," 29 Nov. 2019 Chaat houses are worthwhile endeavors, but nothing captures the feeling of chaat culture like eating a plateful of tangy bhel puri on a fold-out chair in the middle of a patch of asphalt. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "For the Bay Area’s best chaat, our restaurant critic heads to Sunnyvale," 5 Jan. 2013 Even the Indian workhorses show flair, from the sev puri (tiny puffed crackers dabbed with avocado, mango and yogurt) to the elegant triangular samosas, packed this time of year with corn and mushrooms. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "After more than 30 years, Bombay Club is still as comfortable as an old (satin) shoe," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of puri


1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puri


Hindi & Urdu pūrī, from Sanskrit pūra

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28 Sep 2020

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“Puri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puri. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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