Swala or the Sewala is a stuffed deep fried Indian Bread from the state of Uttarakhand. These stuffed pooris don’t require a side dish, you can simply serve it with butter and pickle.
Uttarakhand, formally known as Uttaranchal is a state located in the northwestern part of the country. During our exploration of regional cuisines in our previous BM Editions, I had made Mandua Ki Roti, Lesu, Kulath Ki Dal from Uttarakhand. However, I don’t remember coming across this stuffed poori. Only during this recent Indian Thali research, I came across a website that talked about the author’s trekking to Uttarakhand and their experience enjoying garhwali food.
She mentions about eating Gehat Hi Daal and being served pooris called swala or Sewala. These stuffed pooris are huge in size and resemble Radhaballavi or chole bature. The stuffing felt like it had Gehat ki dal. Gehat is horse gram also known as Kulath ki Daal. These stuffed pooris are served with aloo torkari or aloo subzi. However, when I further searched for Swala, I came across recipes from Uttarakhand sites that had Toor dal as the stuffing.
Then just as I was writing this post, I came across a video where lobia is used as stuffing. Well I can only conclude that they stuff with some lentils! I made these Toor Dal stuffed pooris or Swala during one of my Mega BM cooking and it was a hurried affair. I managed to click pictures of only two process. Since toor dal gets cooked almost on daily bases, I can always repeat these pictures.
So with so many different recipes with different stuffing, I don’t know which one is authentic unless somebody from that state actually confirms. However, the poori is called Swala or Sewala and it meets my requirement for AtoZ Indian Pooris. I had choice to pick like Stuffed Pooris, Saranachi, which is again a sweet stuffed pooris. I am not a fan of anything sweet stuffed. So Swala it was!
We are starting the new BM#115 week2, where I will be sharing S, T, U under the AtoZ Indian Pooris. We are getting nearer to the September Mega BM and I still have two more to get done. I can’t wait for it to begin for me to finally share those thalis!
Ingredients used to make Swala or Sewala
The outer dough is made with wheat flour unlike other stuffed pooris that use all purpose flour.
The cooked dal is spiced with green chilies, coriander leaves and ginger.
The pooris are made little thick to hold its shape, so make a stiff dough.
This stuffed pooris can be served with just butter and pickle or curds.
Or if you want you can serve with aloo subzi