Friday, October 7, 2011

Paruppu Poli / Poornam Poli (With step by step pictures)

Ingredients Required:
For the dough:
All Purpose Flour - 1/2 Cup
Whole wheat flour - 1/2 Cup
Salt - pinch
Ghee - 1 tsp

For the Filling:
Channa Dhal - 2/3 cup
Jaggery - 2/3 cup
Cardamon - pinch

For making the Poli:
Ghee - little
How to make?
In a mixing bowl, mix the all purpose flour and the wheat flour, add the salt. Slowly pour in water and knead into a soft pliable dough. Apply a drop of ghee and coat all the sides. Place in a closed vessel for 1 hour.
Soak the channa dhal in water for an hour. Boil water and cook the channa dhal in a open vessel.
You can also cook in a pressure cooker, but do not over cook the dhal. It should be of mashable consistency.
After the dhal is cooked, mash the dhal in a tawa, add jaggery, cardamon and mix well on low heat till the jaggery melts and it forms a dough.

Let the filling cool down. Make 6 - 8 balls of the filling and equal size balls of the dough.
 Take a ball of dough, and roll out a small disc.
 Place the filling on the rolled out dough.
 Cover the filling with the dough as we do for parathas.
 Pinch out the excess dough and flatten the ball.
 Roll it out slowly, as we do for parathas.
Heat a tawa on medium heat, when the tawa is hot place the poli. Apply a drop of ghee on both sides. Flip sides and cook on both sides till light brown spots appear.
Serve hot with a tsp of ghee on top.

The sweetness was just perfect, so if you have a sweet tooth, increase the jaggery.
I forgot to add turmeric powder to the outer dough while kneading, that's why the yellow color is missing.
Poli's can be preserved for couple of days in fridge. While serving microwave with a tsp of ghee on top and serve.
I had read in few blogs to add baking soda to the outer dough for more softness. I tried that once and it was a total disaster :( .  Some reaction between the turmeric powder and the baking soda made the outer dough red color on toasting on the tawa. Also there was this strange smell after the poli was all done. I made a mental note never to add baking soda to this recipe.