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Puran Poli

Puran Poli is a traditional South Indian sweet prepared during festival times and special occasions. Sweetened coconut mixture called puran is stuffed in a dough made from maida (all purpose flour) and flattened and cooked on a griddle with ghee.

Ingredients:

  • Maida or all purpose flour –  2 cups
  • Chana dal (Bengal gram) –  1  cup
  •  Shredded jaggery – 1/2 cup
  • Shredded coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Sesame oil – 3/4  cup
  • Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom – 4
  • Nutmeg powder – a pinch
  • A pinch of salt
  • Baking soda – 1/8 tsp
  • Food colour ( Lemon orange) – a pinch
  • Water – 1/2 cup

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wash and soak chana dal for an hour.
  2. In a bowl, mix maida, pinch of salt and baking soda. Add water little at a time and make a soft dough.
  3. Now add food colour and 2 tbsp of sesame oil and knead for 5 to 8 minutes to make a soft pliable dough. Allow the batter rest for 5 hours. Only then it will become soft.
  4. Boil soaked toor dal until it becomes soft. It should mash when you press it hard with your fingers.
  5. Strain the cooked dal through a colander and allow it to cool. If required, pat it dry with paper towel or a clean kitchen towel.
  6. Then grind it to a fine powder. It should not become a paste.
  7. Heat shredded jaggery with a little water and allow it dissolve. Then filter it toremove any dirt.
  8. Add it back to the panand boil it for 5 minutes or till it becomes a little thick.
  9. Add the shredded coconut and powdered chana dal , mix well and cook it over low heat until a thick mixture is formed. Puran is ready.
  10. Turn of the stove and add 1/2 tbsp of ghee, powdered cardamom and
  11. nutmeg powder. Mix everything well.
Making Poli:
  1. Make small balls from the dough of equal size. Make small balls from the prepared puran of the same size as the dough.
  2. Place a ball on a greased plantain leaf or a thick plastic cover and flatten it. chapathi.
  3. Place the puran balls in the middle and cover it from all the sides.
  4. Grease your palm with sesame oil and again flatten it like chapathi or roti.
  5. Heat the tava or griddle and cook the poli over low flame with a tsp of ghee.
  6. Turn both the sides and cook until it becomes golden brown.
  7. If you are not using ghee to cook, you can finally spread ghee on the cooked poli and serve.
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