Saturday, 14 January 2012

Dhal Poli

Poli is a traditional dish in south India prepared on Bohi - a day before Pongal. Poli is a flat bread with sweet filling inside which is called puran.

Ingredients - Serves 4

  • Bengal gram dhal - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - 1 cup (I used brown sugar)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Wheat flour - 1 1/2 cups (or maida)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - pinch
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • In a wide bowl mix wheat flour, turmeric powder and salt
  • Add  water little by little and make a soft pliable dough
  • Apply a teaspoon of ghee over the dough, cover and let the dough rest for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Wash the dhal and pressure cook it for 2 whistles or until soft but not mushy
  • Drain excess water (remove the water from the dhal by using clean kitchen towel )
  • Power the dhal in a mixer
  • Heat the pan with brown sugar and add little water (add water till brown sugar is immersed)
  • Allow it to boil and add grated coconut & cardamom powder (if you are using jaggery bring it to boil and strain it to remove the dirt)
  • Add the powdered dhal and cook until you get a thick puran
  • Now take a golf ball sized portion of the dough and roll it out with the rolling pin

  • Take a spoonful of filling / puran and place it in the centre of the rolled dough

  • Close the dough as shown in the picture  above
  • Dust with flour and roll it out carefully with the rolling pin to make a thick poli

  • Heat the tava and place poli on it and cook till golden brown spots appear on both sides by spreading a teaspoon of ghee
  • Ready to serve 

      Nutritional Information
      • Bengal gram dhal is low in fat & cholesterol, high in dietary fiber and rich in protein
      • Each poli = 110 calories approximately

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