Puran Poli

March 18, 2014



Puran Poli is a Maharashtrian speciallity prepared for Holi Festival. This is also called Holige or Obbattu in Kannada. This is difficult to make and requires a lot of patience but once you make it 2 -3 times and master it, this is a pleasure to make. While you are preparing the stuffing called puran the aroma of it fills the house and I sure the neighbours also know that Puran Poli is being prepared in someones house. The aroma and flavour is so strong and delciious, one just waits till the Puran Poli is ready. H loves this so much that all the effort put into making this gives you joy seeing him eat and relish the Puran Poli.

Ingredients
For the dough

1/2 cup Maida (All purpose flour)
1/2 cup Wheat flour
1 Tablespoon oil
1/2 Teaspoon salt
Water to knead dough



For the stuffing1 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram)
1 teaspoon Cardamom powder
A pinch of nutmeg powder
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon Ginger powder
1/2 cup Jaggery
1/2 cup Sugar

For the rolling1 cup Rice flour

Ghee for smearing


Method

For the stuffing

Wash the chana dal thoroughly, soak it for 15 minutes and cook in pressure cooker with sufficient water soft and paste-like. Strain and drain all the water and grind it in a mixer till it forms a smooth paste. In a kadai place the paste jaggery, sugar, salt, cardamon, nutmeg and ginger powder and place it on a medium flame stirring continuously till it forms a ball (see pics ). Remove it on a plate and let is cool. The Puran it ready. Make equal 10 equal balls and keep aside.


For the doughPut the both the flours in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Add a little water and knead this into a smooth, medium-firm dough, adding more water as required and knead it . In a another bowl add oil salt and 3 tablespoon water and mix it well till the salt melts then add the dough and knead well till it is smooth and form a string like dough (see pics).
Divide the dough into 10 equal portions and keep aside. The size of dough should smaller than the filling (see pics above
).


Rolling the PoliClean and flour a rolling surface. Take one ball of dough and flatten it with your fingers. Roll it out into a small circle. Now place a ball of stuffing into the center of this circle. Fold the edges of the circle over the paste and pinch together to seal. Remove the excess dough. Flatten this ball gently with your fingers and thus make rest of the balls with the stuffing and keep covered.
To roll this ball take a newspaper and cut it into a big circle, and place it on the rolling board, take rice flour for rolling and roll it like you make chapattis, roll lightly using very light pressure or else all the stuffing will spill out. Keep on rotating the newspaper as you are rolling do lift the poli with your hand. When rolled lightly dust with soft cloth and remove the excess flour from the top.


Heat a tava till hot, on a medium flame. Place the rolled out poli with help of the newspaper on the tava again with the cloth remove the excess flour and let it cook till brown dots appear on the bottom. Flip with a spatula now, cook till small brown dots begin to appear on the lower surface. The Puran Poli will begin to give of a lovely cooked aroma now. Remove from the fire, place it on a butter paper and smear it on either side with ghee. Serve with a dollop of ghee.




Labels: Festival Sweets, Breads, Indian, Sweets & Desserts, Vegan, Healthy 
sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.

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