All purpose flour/Maida -1 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp (sesame seed oil/nallennai)
Turmeric powder- a pinch
For the stuffing
Bengal gram/channa dal/kadalai paruppu -1/2 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Coconut (grated) 1/3 cup
Ghee/clarified butter - 1 tsp
Cardamom powder- 1/3 tsp
Plantain leaf/ziplock sheet
Prep Time : 20 mins
Cook Time : 20 mins
Yields: 10 small Bolis
Recipe Category: Dessert-Snacks
Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Although "Poli" means "many" in Latin, "Poli" is also a very popular, traditional sweet flat bread that can be folded into a taco shape and stuffed with more amazing flavorful food! It is prepared during special occasions and festivals. It is known as bobbatlu in Telugu, obbattu, holige in Kannada, puran poli in Marathi and boli in Tamil and Malayalam. This recipe has varied as it has been passed along throughout different lands of the world. A time consuming process, but it is very easy to prepare. It can also serve as a great snack!
Preparing the outer cover
Make a soft dough by mixing flour, turmeric powder and water. Knead it, add 2 tbsp oil and keep it covered for 3-4 hours. Let it remain soaked in oil. The more it remains soaked in oil the more softer the boli will be. It must be soaked in oil for a minimum of 1 hour, 3-4 hours if possible.
[puran poli preparation]
Preparing the stuffing
Wash and soak bengal gram (kadalai paruppu) for half an hour.
Pressure cook bengal gram dal with water (add enough water to cover the dal) for 2 whistles or until soft but not mushy. You can also cook in a pan.
[making kadalai paruppu poli]
In a bowl, add grated jaggery and just enough water to soak the jaggery. Cook on low heat until the jaggery dissolves. Once it dissolves, filter it to remove dust and impurities if any.
Drain off excess water from the bengal gram dal (channa dal). In a pan, add the filtered jaggery water, cooked bengal gram dal, grated coconut and a tsp of ghee.
[how to make paruppu poli]
Cook on medium heat stirring continuously until it leaves the sides of the pan.
Leave it to cool. Then grind it to a slightly smooth paste adding cardamom powder. Now our stuffing for poli is ready. (see picture below)
[puran poli stuffing- coconut, jaggery and dal stuffing]
After 3 - 4 hours - Take the maida dough which we kept aside and knead it well again.
Now both the dough and the stuffing for poli are ready, we will start making poli.
Divide the stuffing into gooseberry sized balls. Grease a plantain leaf with oil. Take a small ball of dough and place it on the plantain leaf.
Grease your fingers with oil and flatten the dough with your fingers to form a small circle as shown below.
Place a small ball of poli stuffing at the center and seal it on all sides forming a small ball.
[how to prepare paruppu poli]
Now flatten the ball with the stuffing inside to form a thin small circle.
Grease the tawa slightly with ghee and heat it. Now invert the plantain leaf with the poli over the tawa as seen in the picture below.
After a few seconds, gently remove the plantain leaf.
[cooking puran poli]
Now cook the poli both the sides until golden brown on very low heat.
Once cooked, apply ghee all over the surface and remove from heat. Now puran poli is ready to be served. Enjoy it warm.
You can fold it and store it in a container, if not having it immediately. Poli tastes good even after few hours of preparation.