Puran Poli is a Maharashtrian flatbread made with a sweet lentil filling of chana dal, jaggery (gud), very appropriately flavored with nutmeg and cardamom. Puran Poli is a combination of puran and poli. Puran means stuffing and poli means roti or the outer covering. Although a flatbread, it is often served as dessert. In fact, puran poli is a very popular festive recipe and this delicacy is prepared on occasions such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, etc. The beauty of the Puran Poli Recipe lies in the balance of flavors. The sweetness of the dessert is so appropriate balanced by the use of spices such as nutmeg. It really compliments the flavors of the dish.
For the puran i.e. stuffing dal and jaggery are used, along with the spices such as nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom for flavoring.
For the poli whole wheat flour is used. Puran Poli has a very soft texture. This calls for a soft poli. Therefore recipes often use all-purpose flour or a combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour.
The Maharashtrian Puran Poli Recipe calls for chana dal for the stuffing. The Gujarati variation of puran poli which is also called vedmi, uses arhar dal. The dal needs to be soaked well and thereafter cooked till soft. I like to cook it in little extra water to get enough dal stock which is used for the katachi amti recipe with which I serve puran poli.
To make soft puran poli, whole wheat flour is substituted with all-purpose flour or a combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. However, if the dough of whole wheat flour is prepared properly, there is absolutely no need to use any all purpose flour. It is such a healthy recipe, let’s keep it healthy with the use of whole wheat flour.
Perfect puran poli is the one that is soft, adequately sweet and perfectly flavored with spices. To make perfect puran poli following point should be kept in mind:
Katachi amti, a gravy prepared using the dal stock left over after using the cooked chana dal for the puran poli recipe and ghee.
1.This recipe makes 8 puran poli.
2.To make Puran/Stuffing: In a pressure cooker add 1 cup soaked chana dal.
3.Add ¼ tsp of turmeric powder.
4.Also add 1 tsp ghee.
5.Add water as much required. If you plan to make katachi amti you will need dal stock for which you should add enough water. However if you are not making katachi amti you can add enough water to cover the soaked dal.
6.Pressure-cook the dal on high flame till the first whistle. Thereafter reduce the flame to low and cook for another 10-12 minutes.
7.Let the pressure release. Open the lid of the cooker. Check the dal. It should be absolutely soft and mushy.
8.Strain the chana dal.
9.Again put it in the cooker.
10.Mash it with a potato masher. Continue till absolutely paste like.
11.Add 1 cup jaggery (gud).
12.Continue to cook till the jaggery melts. Keep on stirring continuously.
13.Cook till the mixture leaves the sides of the cooker, comes together and forms dough like texture.
14.Switch off the flame. Add in the powder of 6-8 cardamoms *elaichi).
15.and a very small piece of nutmeg. Nutmeg has a very over powering flavor. Add very little quantity to start with and thereafter increase it.
17.Take it out in a plate.
18.Divide into 8 portions.
Tips:In hte pictures I had made just half of the recipe.
19.To make Poli: In a mixing bowl add in 2 cups of whole wheat flour.
20.Add in ¼ tsp turmeric powder.
21.Also add in 2 tsp of ghee.
23.Add water gradually.
24.Knead well. Make a soft dough.
25.Let it rest for an hour.
26.After an hour, knead again.
27.Divide the dough into 8 portions.
28.To make Puran Poli: Take a portion of the dough.
29.Roll it to a thick roti.
30.Place the portion of puran in it.
31.Seal it well. Remove the excess dough. Cover it with some whole wheat flour.
32.Roll to a thick roti.
33.Put on medium hot tawa/pan. Cook on medium flame till the bubbles appear.
34.Flip and cook from the other side.
35.Apply little ghee.
36.Flip and cook. Apply ghee on the other side too.
37.Flip and cook. Finally smear enough ghee.
38.Serve hot. Bon appetite!
PREP TIME 30 minutes + 7-8 hours
COOK TIME 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME 1 hour
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For the outer coating (poli)
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