Monday, March 5, 2012

Pooran Poli for Holi feast

Pooran Poli is a sweet stuffed Indian bread. It is usually had during occasions and celebrations like Diwali,weddings, holi. They are so soft and delicious that they could be enjoyed any time. It is also relished with potato subzi and gujarati daal.

There are two ways to make this dish. The Maharashtrian  way is to use  gram lentils (Channa dal) . The Gujarati way is to use Toor daal . The recipe I am giving is Gujarati way.

Pooran Poli

3 cups Toovar dal
2 cups water
1 tsp oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp cardamom powder
1 cup wheat flour
100gm clarified butter
1/2 cup water for kneading dough

1. Wash and pressure cook the lentils, till they appear well done and soft.Mix the lentils with a whisk and add 2 cups sugar.Cook on low heat, stirring with a spoon for about 15 to 20 minutes and till the water bubbles are not there.
2. Add the gram flour and keep stirring,add in the cardamom powder ,continue to cook further till the mixture get thickened and coats the back of the spoon.
Cool the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3. Take the flour in a medium mixing bowl, add water and knead to form a dough that is of medium consistency neither too hard or too soft. Divide the dough into equal sized round balls.Flatten each ball and using a rolling pin roll out, 3 inch diameter disc which are 1/2 inch thick. Fill the center of the rolled dough with 2 tsp of the prepared mixture,bring together sealing the mixture in the center.Flatten the top a little with the palms of your hand and roll again to 1/2 inch thickness and 5 inch diameter.
4. Heat a griddle to cook the rolled pooran poli on both sides,and they appear light brown. Remove from griddle,smear a little of clarified butter on top of the cooked pooran poli and enjoy them hot.

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