Monday, March 18, 2013

Poli / Pooran Poli

Poli/ Boli is one of my favorite sweet recipe, which we used to prepare during bogi festival.  It is a stuffed sweet, and we call the stuffing as pooranam or pooran. When I first tried Poli by myself, the flour dough is bit try and after making the poli, it didnt taste that much good. The secret is behind the oil, which we need to add in the dough and leaving it for 2 hrs to rest, by which, the dough gets the elastic texture and Poli, can be made very thin. Now lets see the recipe.

For Poli
  • All purpose flour/maida - 2 cups
  • Water - 1/2 cup (Can be adjusted)
  • Oil - 3 to 4 tsp
  • Salt - 1 pinch
  • Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
For Pooranam
  • Channa Dal/Kadalai Paruppu - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - 1 cup 
  • Cardamom powder - 3
  • Water - as needed (optional)
Ghee for cooking.


To Make Poli

  • In a big bowl, add Maida and turmeric powder. 
  • Add water and knead nicely. Add oil finally.
  • Knead nicely to form a smooth dough. Let it rest for 2 hours.

To Make Puran/Pooranam

  • Pressure cook channa dal with 2 cups of water for 2 to 3 whistles and keep aside to cool down.

  • Powder the jaggery.

  • When channa dal cools down, transfer to the mixer and add the jaggery, and grind for 1 min.

  • Now transfer this to the pan and add the cardamom powder and saute for 3 to 4 min. Keep on stirring until it thickens. Take care not to burn in the bottom.

  • Transfer to another bowl and let it cool for 5 to 10 min.
  • Pooranam is now ready.

To stuff

  • Take the kneaded dough, which is rested for 2 hours. The dough should have attained a elastic texture as shown below. This would be correct form for making Poli.

  • Make a small ball (lemon sized) with the dough. Take a plastic cover and grease with oil and slightly flatten the dough as shown.

  • Take the pooranam/pooran and make it again as a small ball, (size little less than lemon size). Keep it in the center and close the dough, as shown below. (Just like preparing stuffed chappathi)

  • Keep the stuffed ball at the back side and cover with another greased plastic cover.

  • Now place a flat plate and press strongly. Then with a chappathi roller, flatten the poli some more.  (I usually use this method, since I feel it to be easier. You can flatten the poli with a chappathi roller with out using the plate. One of my friend, who is expert in making poli, just flattens with her hand itself. So you can follow any of the method which suits you).

  • Slowly remove the plastic cover and place it in a heated dosa tawa.

  • Place the poli gently and ghee on both sides of poli and cook, till it becomes light golden colour on both sides. 

  • Delicious Pooranam Poli is ready to be served.

30 lovely comments:


Lovely and delicious polis!! Wonderful snaps!!


they look delicious! yummy!


Gorgeously great! Perfectly done!

Medley of Many Things

Lovely Polis! Looks perfect.
My mom's all time favorite.


Love it any time, would love to have this hot with a dollop of ghee, nice click too.

Nice Click and lovely explanation...


Perfect.. its in my try list..

Priya Anandakumar

Wonderful lovely polis, fab and gorgeous. Beautiful clicks.

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks

yumm yumm Akila..drooling over the clicks

Menaga Sathia

Very nice n lovely clicks too...

Rashida Shaikh

I've decided to make puran poli and yet have to make it. :D
I like the way you have roll them inside the plastic sheets.

Looks very divine and delicious...

Nava Krishnan

Simply stunning and tempting. Would love to try out soon. Nice step by step instructions and that will be good for me to catch up on the recipe.


looks mouthwatering...just delicious!

Vidya Chandrahas

Yummy pooran poli..loving it...Very neat presentation.



Ushnish Ghosh

Dear Akila
How are you ? I feel good reading your comment at my blog and you still remember me . I am so out of touch with all...but now I am back in India and will concentrate on cooking. I love Puran poli ..never tried to make one. Now i will try . Your methods are so detailed , i feel confident to try . Let me see what all i have missed.
Have a nice week


lovely step by step clicks.perfect.


Yummy poli..too good

Priya Suresh

Puran polis,love love it..I want some rite now to have some.


Delicious puran polis.. I love them.

FewMinute Wonders

Love puran poli. I buy them from the Indian store, since I am lazy to make them. Looks delicious.

Jeyashris Kitchen

Love to have some right now. nicely made


Very traditional and delicious puran poli.

Cuisine Delights
"My Monthly Event - Spotlight: Show Your Best Creation "


Nice click u done so perfectly.

Merry Tummy

This is so very awesome :)
Do visit my blog


yummy poli,very nicely explained too!!
Participate & win e gift vouchers (worth Rs 1000& Rs 500)in Flavors Of Cuisines-"Chinese"

Shabitha Karthikeyan

Looks too good. One of my favorite sweet.


it's been ages since I made them.., your pictures are tempting me to make them soon! Thanks for sharing

Love2cook Malaysia

Never had poli before...your pics are enough to tempt me dear!!!

Related Posts with Thumbnails

My Wonderful Followers


Add to the circles

Learning-to-cook   © 2008-2015. Template Recipes by Emporium Digital