Puran Poli

Sweet Poli looks like a stuffed paratha, but it is sweet in taste. Most of the time Poli is prepared during festivals like Holi. There are different types of Poli and they vary from each other by the presence of stuffing inside it. The recipe shown is prepared using roasted channa dal instead of using plain channa dal. If plain channa dal is used, it has to be soaked, cooked and ground. Hence roasted channa dal is chosen over plain channa dal.

You may wonder why I have prepared Puran Poli now when there is no Holi or Ugathi? Well, I thought of posting some sweet  recipe for my blog's 50th post and idea of preparing Poli struck to me. Also, I would like to dedicate this recipe for my friend Shylu, on her first wedding anniversary.


Ingredients:

For dough:

Maida - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Oil - 3 teaspoon
Food Wrapper - As required

For Stuffing:

Roasted Bengal gram/Pottu Kadalai - 1 cup
Dessicated coconut - 2 tablespoon (Optional)
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Cardamom - 3

For Shallow Frying:

Butter/Ghee/Oil - 3 teaspoon (as required)

Method:

For Dough:

1) In a mixing bowl, add maida, salt and turmeric powder. Add adding water slowly, possibly at short intervals and knead the flour well using bare hands.
2) Knead it well and make into a soft dough such that the dough doesn't feel sticky.
3) Finally apply a teaspoon of oil to the surface of the dough. Cover and keep it aside for 3 hours.

For Stuffing:

1) In a blender / food processor / mixer, add roasted Bengal gram, dessicated coconut and cardamon.Grind these to a fine powder. You can also add little water and make a fine thick paste.
2) Take a kadai / frying pan. Add jaggery and 1/4 cup of water.
3) Jaggery starts to melt. When it has fully melted, add the ground powder (step 1) and stir it well till it becomes a smooth thick texture.(such that it resembles the texture of kneading prepared using one's hands)

For Poli and Shallow Fry:

1) Take the dough and divide it generously into lemon size balls.
2) According to the count of dough balls, divide the stuffing and shape them to form slightly bigger balls than the originally taken dough balls.(Usually I prepare 3/4 size dough ball for 1 stuffing ball size)


3) Now, clean the working area of kitchen and cover it using a Food wrapper / polythene cover / Aluminum Foil.
4) Coat it with oil and also apply oil to your fingers to avoid stickiness.
5) Keep one dough ball in center and using your fingers and flat it to a small disc shape.


6) Keep one stuffing ball in center of the dough disc and cover it


7) Coat with very little oil. Using your finger, press the stuffed dough gently to a thin round shape. I used rolling pin for this.

8) Heat Skillet / flat Pan and when it is hot, place the poli (as shown in the above picture) on the pan.
9) Sprinkle butter and cook well on both the sides till they become slightly brown.


10) Repeat this procedure for the remaining dough and poli stuffing's.
11) Hot and sweet Poli is ready.

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