How to make Puran poli- festival recipes

      Puran polis are always a favourite . My friends know how I adore these sweet polis and its sure to be there in the menu when I am invited to their homes during my India visits.I have tried my hand in making them around three times in last five years. Somehow I have always thought it was a time consuming and difficult and messy job to make them, but whatever, the results are definitely worth the efforts.

           I remember a very funny incident when I was making them for the first time after I got married. I had just come to Singapore and one fine day I decided to make these polis. I had not got too accustomed to the fine granulated sugar available here instead of the regular crystals we use in India. It looks very similar to salt. And in the excitement of attempting the puran ( sweet stuffing for the stuffing) for the first time, I added two heaped spoonfuls of salt to the cooked channa dal. When I realised this, I was in tears and felt so helpless. Fortunately my sis was with me and both of us managed to mix a huge quantity of sugar and jaggery to shield the taste of salt in the puran. Finally the polis turned out quite good and I was thankful that the whole thing was consumed without ending up in the trash.  Today, we have a hearty laugh whenever we remember the incident especially when we have puran polis.

         People in South India use maida for the cover while in North India generally use wheat flour. I will be certainly trying with the maida someday and posting it in my blog. While some use sugar , others use jaggery for the stuffing. Some even use a combination of both. I used jaggery this time. I add a little sugar to make it more sweeter if needed. So here we go to the recipe.

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How to make Puran poli- festival recipes Yum
Course breads
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
  • 2 cups Wheat flour / atta
  • a pinch Salt
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Stuffing
  • 1 cup Channa dal
  • 1 cup Jaggery - or more
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder/jaiphal/jathikai
  • 1 tbsp Ghee - + for brushing on the polis/parathas
Course breads
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
  • 2 cups Wheat flour / atta
  • a pinch Salt
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Stuffing
  • 1 cup Channa dal
  • 1 cup Jaggery - or more
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder/jaiphal/jathikai
  • 1 tbsp Ghee - + for brushing on the polis/parathas
For the stuffing
  1. Wash the channa dal well and cook it in a pressure cooker till well cooked and somewhat mushy. Now drain the water. You can reserve the water to make a side dish called aamti(maharahtrian cuisine).
  2. Heat ghee in a pan. Add the cooked dal along with the jaggery. Cook well till the jaggery melts and mixes well with the dal.Add the cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well.
  3. Allow this to cool and grind it in a mixer till you get a smooth paste.
  4. ( It takes around 10-15 minutes to grind properly. Initially , you may feel there is lot of moisture in the mixture. But as you grind it, the mixture becomes quite dry , but binds well, consistency very apt for stuffing.)
For the cover
  1. Make a firm dough with atta and water adding a little salt to atta. Add oil to make the dough non sticky.
  2. Assembling-
  3. Shape the dough and the stuffing to small balls. Roll the atta into a circle. Place the stuffing in the center of the circle. Seal them. Roll into a circle. Heat a tava. Place the roti on the tava. Cook till brown spots appear on it. Brush some ghee on top and cook well on both sides.
  4. Serve hot.
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  1. Never made this at home and this looks o so good.

  2. This is a one of my fav. Urs has come out very well. Nicely demonstrated.Yummmm.


    Love it,long time since I had this!

  4. I like polis too but never tried my hands on these yet….your recipe is tempting me now ..looks gr8

  5. Cool Lassi(e)

    Poli looks great!Yes it is quite messy but worth the effort!

  6. wow very tempting puran polis sowmya…thy made me huungry…evn i love this sweet…nice recipe…good clicks

  7. Looks perfect and delicious !

  8. Premalatha Aravindhan

    luks soft and sweet.This is one of my fav.very nice recipe…

  9. Preeti Kashyap

    Looks lovely! I love them.

  10. Hari Chandana

    Woww… my fav puran poli… we call them Bobbattu… looks very tempting.. nice clicks dear!!

  11. Aruna Manikandan

    Poli looks perfect and delicious!!!

  12. Ms.Chitchat

    Loved ur puran poli and enjoyed ur first experience with the same.Click is very tempting and made me crave for some now 🙂

  13. I love poli.. your pictures are soo tempting and reminds me that I should try this recipe soon

  14. Sowmya, I love puran poli. Infact, I get them from the freezer section and eat it whenever I have the craving.Using wheat or maida, I still would love it. Nice that you have the jaggery recipe. I have a recipe from my aunt using sugar. Thank you.

  15. Your puran poli has come out so nice and perfect…Great job!!

  16. This is fantastic and I love it always 🙂

  17. Hi, Lovely poli. Its my favourite too…..Madhurya Karthik

  18. Priya Suresh

    Wat a droolworthy polis, just love them..

  19. Looks delicious!!

  20. poli is my favorite and a must for pongal! Looks delicious.

  21. One of my favorite sweets.Puran poli looks very nice and fluffy.Nice pics.

  22. Nithu Bala

    yummy poli..clicked it nicely..

  23. Home Cooked Oriya Food

    poli looks so yum… love the clicks too…

  24. Soma Pradhan

    poran poli is my fav dish..goes well with Amras and kenkda bhajia

  25. I love puran polis too but because of the tedious procedure I don’t make it often. But maybe seeing this I will make it.

  26. I love the Karnataka version of puran poli.., that is obbattu or holige as we call. It is made with maida or cheroti rawa. Though it is a tedious precedure, you will love it at the end, right?

  27. We make once in a year! I too make with wheat flour more easy to roll !

  28. Been ages since I made these! Nothing like puran poli with a nice blob of ghee!

  29. Super ….i make it occasionally 🙂

  30. rekhas kitchen

    yummmmm my favorite looks so tempting Sowmya perfect……

  31. Divya Kudua

    Sow..this is the second Puran poli recipe I am seeing today and I feel like grabbing some from the screen!!I absolutely love them and have always gorged on the ones amma and mil have made..yours look yummilicious!!

  32. Balakrishna Saraswathy

    these are my fav..drooling here:)

  33. Looks awesome!!

  34. i need some ghee thats it to go with this,…droolin here,..

  35. Veggie Hut

    i hv been thinking of making them amnd was look for a recipe..thanks 4 sharing..

  36. I love puran polis too! yours look great! I love both the versions maida as well as whole wheat flour!!! nice one!!


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