Puran Poli (पुरण पोळी) is a Maharashtrian sweet dish made especially during the festival of Holi. Its is a delicately made Poli (Roti) filled with Puran, made of Gram Dal and Jaggery
Dough (For the Roti)
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 4 tbspoon cooking oil
- Salt to taste
Puran (For the filling)-
- 1 cup chana daal
- 1 cup jaggery
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder (elaichi)
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
- Wash 1 cup chana daal thoroughly and soak in water for 20 minutes and drain the water. Cook 1 cup chana daal with 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 4-5 whistles. Let it cool down, open the pressure cooker and drain excessive water
- Make Puran : Take the cooked chana daal in a pan, add 1 cup jaggery and cook the mixture at medium heat with continuous stirring. Cook until the mixture becomes thick and then add cardamom and nutmeg powder
Tip: To know if you have the right consistency, put the spoon/spatula that you are using to stir the mix, at the center. If it stands upright without falling/tilting then you know the Puran is ready !!
- Add the Puran to a Puran Yantra or “Food Mill” available in some countries. Make a fine and consistent paste
Tip: I did not have a “Puran Yantra” or “Food Mill”, so simply used a strainer which is made of a very fine mesh that does a great job of making fine Puran
- Make Dough: Mix 1 cup plain flour (“maida”) and 1 cup wheat flour with 1 pinch of salt. Slowly add water and knead the dough very loose. Add 4 table spoons of cooking oil and again knead it well till the dough becomes elastic. Cover it and keep it aside for 1/2 hour
- Make a 1/2 inch ball of dough and about 3 times larger ball of Puran. Make sure to apply little oil to your finger tips and as shown in the picture below, cover the Puran ball with dough
- Sprinkle some rice flour (to avoid sticking) on the Roti roller (“Polpat”) and roll the Puran Poli very gently in a round shape.
Tip: The technique I use to easily roll and avoid any sticking of the Roti, what I do is cover the Roller with a muslin/fine cotton cloth (also called “Pancha” in Marathi)
- My Grandma’s technique is to first roll the Poli on the “Rolling Pin” and then transfer it to the pan as shown in the figure.
- Gently transfer the Poli on a flat heated pan (“Tava”).
- Roast well on both sides on medium heat till the Puran Poli becomes golden yellow.
Serve Hot with Ghee or milk and Enjoy !!!