Phini – Ful Roti – Fried Layered Snack (फिनी)


Originally Published: Nov 1, 2013

What is Phul Roti (Fini/Phini) फिनी /फुल रोटि ?

Fini is served at special or ceremonial functions as part of traditional rituals. They are very popular during dashain, tihar (Laxmi puja and Bhai Tika). Bhai Tika is the fifth day of tihar which is observed by brothers and sisters to honor each other. There are various types and colors of fini. Here is my variation:


For White Puri Layer

  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup of warm water

For Red Puri Layer

  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 1/2 tsp of red food color
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
  • Ghee/Oil to deep fry

First prepare white dough with flour, oil, and water to a soft dough. Then prepare the red dough with flour, oil, food color, and water. Cover both sets of dough separately with a thin cloth or plastic wrap for few hours until its is soft. Take a small ping pong ball size of white dough and roll out to a thin circle, about 7 cm in diameter. Use oil/ghee to lubricate the surface while rolling out. Now take slightly smaller size of red dough and roll out, about 6 cm. You want to make the red circle slightly smaller than the white one.

When both circles(roti) are ready, place the white one on a flat surface. Now place the red on the top of the white one on the center. You should be able to see the thin white roti line under the red roti. Now mark three equal distance on the circumference of the white roti and start pulling them into the center. Use cold water to glue them together where they meet in the center. You will start seeing a red/white flower petal like pattern. Since you are playing with dough, you can easily twist and turn them to desired shape. Fini/Ful Roti is ready to be fried at this time.

Start heating up the ghee/oil on the deep frying pan. You want to make sure that your flame is only on medium low. Once the oil is ready, slide prepared fini into it. Now slow fry fini for about 2-3 mins. Turn the side, and cook it for another few minutes until it looks crunchy. Slow frying is the key to get the crunchy Fini. Take out of the oil and spread out (do not stack up on top of each other).

Fini/Ful Roti is ready to be served.

Fini is served at special/ceremonial functions as part of traditional rituals. They are popular during dashain, tihar. They are very decorative due to color.

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