Puran poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from skinned spilt bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery.
Course: side dish
Servings: 6large puran polis or 8 medium puran polis
Author: Dassana Amit
For puran mixture - sweet filling
1cupChana dal(skinned spilt bengal gram)
3cupsWater for pressure cooking the chana dal
¾ to 1teaspoonSaunth(dry ginger powder)
½teaspoonCardamom powderOR 4 to 5 green cardamoms crushed finely
For the poli - outer covering
1.5cupsWhole wheat flour + ½ cup all purpose flourOR you can also use 2 cups whole wheat flour instead
4tablespoonOilOr ghee (clarified butter)
½teaspoonSaltOr as required
¼teaspoonTurmeric powder(optional - to give a faint yellow color to the poli)
Water as required to knead the dough
Oil or ghee as required for frying the puran poli
Rinse the chana dal first very well in water. I didn't soaked the chana dal but you can also soak the chana dal for 30 minutes to one hour and then drain the water.
In a pressure cooker, cook the chana dal for 6 to 7 whistles. If you soak the chana dal, the cooking time will be reduced. Once the pressure settles down on its own, strain the cooked dal. The dal has to be strained well.
Keep the stock aside. This stock can be used for making katachi amti (thin tempered dal) or you can just add it to your veggie dishes or rotis.
Heat ghee in a pan and add the dry ginger powder, nutmeg powder, cardamom powder and fennel powder. Saute for a few seconds.
Add the chana dal and jaggery. Stir and let this puran mixture cook on a low flame till the mixture becomes dry.
Keep on stirring the puran mixture at intervals.
Once the puran stuffing become dry and thick, switch off the flame.
Let it cool and then mash the puran mixture with a potato masher. You can also use your mixer to mash the puran mixture very well. Keep aside.
preparing the poli dough
Meanwhile take whole wheat flour/atta, all purpose flour/maida and salt in a bowl mix well.
Add a little bit of water and ghee and mix. Begin to knead the dough adding water as required.
The dough should be smooth and soft. Cover and keep aside the dough for 15-20 minutes.
making puran poli
Take a medium or large size ball from the dough. Roll it 2-3 inches in circumference on a dusted rolling board.
Place a portion of puran mixture in the center of the rolled dough.
Bring the edges together towards the center. Join all the edges and pinch them.
Sprinkle some flour and start rolling the dough.
Make a medium or large circle (poli) as depending upon the size of the dough and puran filling you took.
On a heated tawa or griddle, spread some ghee. Place the rolled poli/dough circle on the tawa.
When one side gets browned, turn over and cook the other side till you see some brown spots.
Once the second side gets browned, then turn over and apply ghee. If everything is done properly then puran poli will puff up. The poli should be cooked well with brown spots and golden.
Make all puran polis this way and stack them in a casserole or in a kitchen napkin.
You can serve puran poli Warm or at room temperature with milk, ghee or yogurt/curd.
While rolling the puran poli, be careful. If it breaks a little, then no issues. Just add some dry flour to that part. When making for the first time, the pooran poli may break. But that should not stop you from making puran poli. With practice, one gets better.
Instead of whole wheat flour, you can also make the dough with all purpose flour or half-half of both the flours.