Healthy Puran Poli

Puran poli is my all time favourite dish which brings back my childhood memories where me and my sister used to help my mom when she makes this dish, it would be fun to make the stuffing and roll them evenly. This is one easy sweet dish i make very often. Since I have named this dish “Healthy”, I would have to do some justification for that so I have prepared this dish with whole wheat flour partly by replacing the All purpose flour and added jaggery(palm sugar) in the filling which is rich in iron. Puran poli does not require much of a preparation it can be prepared in a jiffy and served warm as a dessert.

Ingredients:

For Dough:

Wheat flour – ½ cup

All Purpose flour – ½ cup

Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Salt – a pinch

Water – As needed

For Filling:

Channa dal – ½ cup (Soaked and boiled)

Grated Jaggery – ½ cup

Coconut – ¼ cup

Cardamom pods – 4

Salt – A pinch

Method:

Dough:

  1. Add all the dry ingredients mentioned for the dough in a vessel and mix well.

  2. Drizzle oil over it and mix well such that the oil gets well incorporated and does not form lumps.

  3. Then add water little by little to the flour mixture and form a stiff dough. If the dough becomes sticky add more flour and make it soft and firm.

  4. Wrap the dough in a plastic foil and set it aside for 20 mins.

Filling:

  1. Soak the channa dal for half an hour and boil it in a vessel or pressure cook the dal until it is completely cooked but the dal should retain its shape and should not be mushy.

  2. Drain the channa dal completely and add to a blender along with a pinch of salt ,cardamom pods and pulse them so that they get mixed well.

  3. Add in the grated coconut to the blended mixture and mix well.

  4. Add the jaggery to the kadai and add little water to it such that the jaggery melts.Strain this mixture to remove any impurities. (This step is purely optional)

  5. Heat the jaggery mixture and allow it to boil and thicken, then add in the dal mixture and cook on medium flame so that the mixture becomes thick.

  6. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.

  7. Divide the filling into small round portions and keep it aside.

Puran Poli :

  1. Divide the dough into small portions of equal size.

  2. Roll them into small discs and place the filling in the centre.

  3. Close the filling by bringing in the sides of the dough towards the centre and again form a neat round.

  4. Roll this dough slowly by adding some flour or oil such that the dough doesn’t stick to the rolling surface.

  5. Heat a skillet on medium heat and place the poli on it, allow it to cook on both sides by adding clarified butter/ ghee around it. You can see brown specks on both sides once it gets cooked well.

  6. Serve it warm with some butter.

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Notes:

  • Channa dal can be replaced with boiled sweet potatoes as well.

  • The flavour of cardamom is vital so do not skip this ingredient.

  • This can be done completely with all purpose flour or with whole wheat flour, I have added All purpose flour as it makes rolling the dough easier.

  • Salt enhances the taste of sugar, so for any sweet dish we need to add a pinch of salt which makes the dish very tasty.

  • Puran poli can be refrigerated and it keeps well atleast for 5 days.

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3 thoughts on “Healthy Puran Poli

  1. What a wonderful meal I love those little (Puris?) and the way you cooked the channa dal with some jaggery. Oh how I miss jaggery, I used to eat it but I don’t know where to find some now. What a lovely treat. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Oh Liz!! Thank you for your wonderful comment…. Jaggery can be found in Indian stores, I have tried with brown sugar too but you need some patience to stir nicely and make the stuffing thick. Happy Blogging!!

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