Tuesday 26 January 2010

Poli /Puran Poli (Flatbreads stuffed with sweetened Lentils)

No, no, no, these are not Chapatis or any other Indian Rotis, like anyone would say at the first sight.


This is called Poli in tamil, also called Puran Poli in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat and called differently in each state of India, as it’s a traditional Indian sweet which consists of filling a Roti/ a flat bread with sweetened lentils and it is prepared particularly on festive occasions like Deepavali (Festival of Lights), Holi (Festival of Colors) and Ganesh Chaturthi (Festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh)…

However, like me, you can also enjoy it on an ordinary day, for breakfast with a cup of milk / Kheer (for me, two of these polis are more than enough to resist the whole day without any cravings) or for tea time. The method and the filling varies according to the states in India, like some use coconut scrapings instead of lentils and some others substitute the Jaggery with white sugar but the final result is undoubtedly as good as another (Unity in diversity, right? :)  ) …. Well, this is the version we prefer at home… hope you’ll enjoy it!!


Ingredients:

Clarified butter / Ghee for brushing
Warm water (as needed)
For the filling:
250 g split chickpeas (Channa dhal)
250 g Jaggery
½ tsp nutmeg powder
1 tsp cardamom powder
For dough:
350 g wheat flour
1 tsp rice flour
¼ tsp salt
3 tbsp melted butter

Method:
The dough:

Put the wheat flour and the rice flour in a large bowl, along with the salt. Stir well and add the melted butter and knead with your hands so that it becomes uniformly crumbly in texture. Add the warm water little by little and knead it to get a very soft and smooth dough. Cover it with a plastic wrapper and leave it for an hour or two (the more the better).

The filling:
Wash and soak the split chickpeas in enough amount of water for an hour or overnight if time permits.

Boil the chickpeas in plenty of water until it becomes soft and mushy. You may pressure cook too.


Drain well and blend it to a fine paste along with the Jaggery.

Heat the above paste on very low heat for few minutes in a heavy saucepan while stirring continuously, until it becomes a little dry and forms a soft lump. Keep it aside to cool.

Make small balls out of this mixture and keep them ready.

The flour dough should be sufficiently elastic and soft by now.


Now, take a small ball from the prepared dough and flatten it slightly with your fingers. ( don’t add flour, grease your hands with some ghee if necessary)

Now, place a ball of the filling right in the middle of the dough while pressing the filling with one hand and stretching the dough slowly with the other. Seal the hole tightly by pressing the edges of the dough.

Roll it gently to flatten it without giving any pressure to form a circular disc (like a little smaller than a chapati)


Heat a heavy saucepan and roast the Poli on each side without any oil or ghee. Do the same for the rest of the dough.


Apply some ghee just before serving and enjoy it warm!!

Nithu Bala who is another wonderful foodie from Nithu's Kitchen  passed me the following award!!


My hearty thanks to Nithu Bala for the lovely gesture!! Happy Republic day to all Indians out there!!!!Cheers !!!!!

50 comments:

suvaiyaana suvai said...

wow wheat flour puran poli really healthy!! better than Maida

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Myyyy Favvvv dear..looks yummyy..grabbing one:)

Sushma Mallya said...

U have shown it so nicely through step by step pics,very well explained and very nice pictures too..looks delicious...

Trendsetters said...

Having a sweet tooth, sweets are always near my heart(or shd I say stomach)..Poli is one of my many favourites...Yours looks very appetizing..

Asha said...

YUM! I tasted these only made of Maida/APF, wheat flour and rice flour is new and bet makes them crisp and healthier. Perfectly round polis Jean.

Devi Meyyappan said...

wow.. the polis are so so tempting!.. I love poli, made never tried at home... very well described pictures!! :).. looks very good...

Cham said...

I tried only Wheat. I found it is quiet easy to roll compare to maida. Adding rice flour is new, delicious poli!

kitchen queen said...

lovely and yummy puran poli.

Priya said...

Poli looks fantastic, i usually prepare the dough with maida, adding rice flour is completely new for me..Feel like grabbing those beauties..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey, this is great.Looks delicious. I can finish the whole tier of those Poli-s in one sitting. I have one waiting to be posted as well. Its my MIL recipe. But the stuffing is something so new you will have to wait until I post it. ** wink** **wink**

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Magnifique.
Je note ta recette pour l'essayer bientôt.
A bientôt.

Swathi said...

Puranpoli, looks really good. I like it.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

We used to make poli with maida flour, using wheat flour is new to me. Will try your version dear and the poli looks too good:)

Nostalgia said...

That looks fantastic...thanks for sharing its wondeful

Padma said...

Nice step by step pics. Has come out so perfect and looks very tempting.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Congrats....nice way to celebrate

kothiyavunu said...

Wow! Very Yummy snack! Wonderful poli this looks really special and nice :)

Gita said...

Hi, first time here, you have a wonderful blog. The poli looks delicious...nice step by step pictures..I too love having poli for breakfast :)

Padhu said...

I make poli with maida .I will try next time using wheat flour.Nice pics
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Sarah Naveen said...

nice clicks..and poli looks super yummy!!!!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Puran poli looks perfect!

jeyashrisuresh said...

beautiful click.we make polis out of maidawill have to try this soon.HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY TO U

shanthi said...

yummy dish and clicks

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Soma Pradhan said...

Like Poran Poli a lot...Looks very yummy

Viki's Kitchen said...

well said about paruppu boli and the cravings. My all time favorite da:) The picture....half torn poli made me very hungry...hi ..hi...Nostalgic post for me. Very perfect poli , looks so cute dear.

vineetha said...

yummy yummy...Loved ur step by step pics.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

We all just love this,my method is a bit different! Looks mouthwatering!

Aux délices des gourmets said...

c'est une bonne recette elle a l'air succulente à tester prochainement
bonne soirée

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Ahh...Indian Breads are so great! I once heard there's about 100 different types, so I've got about 90 more to try, including this one.

Parita said...

Wow your puran polis look fantastic!

n33ma said...

Happy Repubic day to u too.Wow the polis look perfect.I make it almost the same but with toor dal.

Latha said...

I love these poli's ..esp the ones with coconut.

Yours looks awesome and thanks for the stepwise recipe.

sangeeta said...

Thanks Jean ..for your sweet words, it meant a lot to me at this point of time !!
the yummy puran pori almost motivates me to start blogging again...

TREAT AND TRICK said...

It is quite new to me anyway the poli is very tempting, great photo, feel like having it right away.

Dolly said...

Dear Vinolia, Thanks a ton for posting this recipe. YOu can't imagine how much I love these puran poli. Awesome pictorial directions. Will surely try these and let you know. Beautiful inviting Clicks as always. CONGRATULATIONS on ur award. Happy Republic Day.!!!

Lavanya Siva said...

hoooooooooooo poli, when my hubby hears this, he will ask me to make it directly.............And if he sees the pic.....the next moment i have to run to the kitchen not wasting a min ..........such a yummy dish.

Usha said...

One of my favorites, looks so delicious and perfect !

Preety said...

whole wheat puran poli..that must have been tasted delicious and healthy too comparatively of maida ones

Tina said...

My hub's fav food..This looks delicious...

Rohini said...

Slurp... Yummy polis... I love the coconut filled ones, but this one is also my fav! Looks perfect!

Malar Gandhi said...

I love puran poli...yes, make them whenever I want them...who can wait till deepavali, right.:) I loved ur version lot better..whole wheat dough sounds healthy to me. Loved ur preparation pictures...you are such a patient cook:)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Congrats on your award dear!!! the bholi looks fabulous, crispy crust and a sweet moist filling a perfect festive sweet, very ethinic one!!!

Erica said...

That new to me! Sounds and looks incredible.

Sashi said...

Wow !! thats tasty delicious Poli !! I have kept a long pause from making any desserts !! u made me tempted with ur yummy Poli Jean. hmm .. thinking to break and prepare this soon.

Gulmohar said...

Yes, yes yes...I love this !! Would love to have this with paalpayasam.I was craving for this so much, when I was pregnant. Though I was so tired even to stand up I made a batch of this and ate for a week :D Next time I should try heat flour instead of maida..Thanks Vinolia !

Jagruti said...

love the poli...looks awesome amd mouthwatering..nice space..

cheers and do visit if you can

Joy Of Cooking

Yasmeen said...

Totally love the jaggery lentil stuffing,yum :D

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Something new to me! :) Pass me some pls...I wanna have them for my teabreak! hehehe...take care ;)

Jaishree said...

Poli Looks Fabulous & mouth watering..Love The poli.. Awesome click&presentation Jean:)

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