Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Puran Poli

For the outer covering:
11/2 cups Whole wheat flour
2 tbsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Water to knead
A pinch of Salt

For the filling:
1 cup Channa dhal
1 cup grated jaggery
3/4 cup freshly grated coconut
1/2 tsp Cardamon powder

  • Clean and soak the channa dhal for 3-4 hours. Then cook it till soft, drain and keep aside.
  • For the outer covering, in a wide big bowl, sift the whole wheat flour. Add the turmeric powder, ghee and salt. Mix well. Then add enough water slowly and knead to form a very soft pliable dough.
  • Apply a layer of oil over the dough and let it rest in an airtight container for about 1/2 an hour.
  • Now for the filling, firstly add the grated jaggery to few tbsp of warm water. Stir well till it melts, strain and keep aside.
  • Then grind the cooked channa dhal together with the grated coconut into a coarse paste.
  • Now heat a non stick pan and add the strained jaggery water along with the channa dhal mixture and cardamon powder. Stir fry over very low flame till it becomes dry.
  • While the filling is still warm, make small balls out of it and keep aside.
  • Now pinch a small ball of dough and form a cup and place the filling mixture ball in the center and enclose it carefully.
  • Grease both the hands with oil and take a banana leaf or plastic sheet. Place the dough ball on the sheet and try to spread it out using your fingers as thin as possible. Make sure the filling doesn't com out. You can do the same using a rolling pin.
  • Now heat a tawa or nonstick pan on medium heat, place the rolled out poli on the tawa and cook it both sides till brown spots appear. Smear it with ghee.
  • Serve the poli hot.

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