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

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Menu highlights included oysters with decorative flowers, lamb keema, and avocado bhel puri. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Breaks Naan With Fashion’s Finest at His Post-Show Dinner," 11 Feb. 2019 Rosenthal’s order: pani puri, butter chicken, Afghani seekh kabob, Frankie Indian street wrap, Malai chicken tikka Frankie Indian street wrap, papadum and chutneys, heirloom tomato and caramelized pineapple salad and Goan prawn masala. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Phil Rosenthal's L.A. food crawl: Six spots to try," 29 June 2018 Expect dishes like spring vegetable undhiyu, golden beet bhel puri, and feni beef short ribs (pictured left to right). Don’t get attached; plates change up to daily, which also means your new favorite could be waiting for you tomorrow. Choose Chicago, Bon Appetit, "10 of Our Favorite Under-the-Radar Chicago Restaurants," 21 May 2018 Try an Indian curry – flavorful, not spicy – with dhal puri roti, a flatbread made from lentils, on the side. Tom Hanchett, charlotteobserver, "Lunch your way around the world on Central Avenue," 3 Sep. 2017 The bhel puri served with raw mango, tamarind, and British yogurt is a smooth, sweet complement to my go-to dish, the butter-garlic crab. Kar-shing Tong, Bon Appetit, "Tacos, Fried Chicken, Noodles, and More to Eat in London Right Now," 24 Apr. 2017 Here is proof for their argument: dahi batata puri, hollow puffs with delicate shells, cracked at the top as if from little beaks trying to get out. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Mumbai Xpress, a Good Reason to Stray for a Snack," 25 Nov. 2016 What's more dangerous—the salad at a five-star hotel or a plate of bhel puri from a Mumbai street-food stall? Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do When You Get Sick on Vacation: Travelogue Podcast," 2 June 2017 With dhal puri, the well-seasoned split-pea filling, which provides the flavor, is just as important as supple dough. John Eligon Daisann Mclane Daisann Mclane Daisann Mclane Daisann Mclane, New York Times, "Roti, a Recipe Mastered Through Repetition," 14 Feb. 2017

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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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