Monday, August 16, 2010

Puran Poli / Puran boli

Just returned home after a short beach vacation. We all had a great time there and didn't feel like coming back!

Let me share this sweet treat that i made last week with you all.

I don't know what is the correct term, Poli or Boli! Most of us know what it is, but those who don't, it's a flat bread or paratha kind of thing with sweet lentil filling. Wow, the description makes it sound exotic ...!

In the south it's made during special occasions like the lakshmi pooja, avani avittam ( sacred thread ceremony) etc. In the south it's usually jaggery is used for the sweet filling and in the north usually sugar.

In kerala Poli is  served during wedding feasts and the best way to eat it is mix with paal payasam or kheer. sweet explosion!

I made the sugar version and made 7-8 poli's out of this measurement.

For the filling/ Puran

1/2 cup channa dal
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder

For the dough

1 &1/2 cup All purpose flour
1/2 cup Atta
1 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
oil 1/3 cup
water to make the dough

How I did It:

  • wash & soak channa dal overnight.
  • drain the water and pressure cook without any water for 3 whistles.
  • Let it cool and pulse ithe cooked dal in a mixie or food processor for a soft powder.
  • mix the  powdered sugar and cardamom powder and keep aside. If you think it'sa little runny, adda few tsp ghee and fry it in a pan till it comes all together.
  • make a dough soft adding water as needed. Make sure to add all the oil as you need the dough to be soft and easy to work with.
  • Set aside the dough for a couple of hours covered.
  • Divide the Puran/ filling in the size of small balls.
  • Divide the dough into balls of the same size.
  • Roll the dough like a small chapathi. place the puran in the centre. gather the sides and make a ball. roll it like a paratha.
  • Heat a tava and cook the rolled poli with oil or ghee till golden on both sides.
  • Enjoy with a drop of ghee smeared on top.


  1. Love this puran poli. My mom makes is slightly differently with moong dal instead of chana dal :)

  2. Puran poli looks awesome Priya.
    My hubby loves them.I too make it almost in the same way.

  3. puran poli looks soooo tempting ...its my hubby's favorite too ...My MIL used to make these tasty polis ,the best combo with puran poli is puliogra... believe me it tastes awesome


  4. My all time favourite, if i make them i wont stop munching them..


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