Puran Poli (Soft Indian Flat Bread with sweet jaggery stuffing)
Puran Poli or Purnachi Poli is a popular Maharashtrian and Gujarati dish. In Maharashtra it is prepared during Holi. This is a delicious sweet recipe which is not a dessert but in fact a main dish.
500 gms Maida (plain flour)
500 gms chana dal (Split Bengal gram)
400 gms Gud (jaggery) - Grated or coarsely chopped
1 tsp Cardamom Powder
150 ml Oil
Pinch of Salt
Ghee to serve
Warm water to knead the dough
Soak the dal for 1 hour and pressure cook it with a pinch of salt till it is completely cooked and soft
Strain the dal. In a blender blend Jaggery, dal and cardamom powder to a fine mixture
Transfer the mixture in to a non-stick pan and cook on low heat till it becomes dry completely. It should form into a stiff non-sticky mixture. With this your Puran(stuffing) is ready
For the outer covering the Poli, take maida, a pinch of salt, add oil, knead with warm water. The dough should be similar to chapati dough but just a little more softer and loose.
Make about 15 equal parts of the pooran and dough, like any paratha, roll out the dough into a small circle, place the puran in centre and cover from all sides. Roll out the poli gently and dry roast on a tawa or pan
Cook on both sides on medium heat till it turns a slight golden brown and is cooked well. (About 1/2 min on each side)
Serve hot with loads of ghee drizzled on top centre
Do not compromise with the quantity of oil as the polis may turn out hard and dry.
Puran Poli is also served with warm milk in many Marathi households