For any festival or any function a sweet dish is a must. A sweet dish ends the show on a sweet note. Puran polis are made instead of kheers and Gulab jamuns for some Goan functions. Believe me, people rush to make these Puran Poli Recipe (Sweet Stuffed Lentil Flat Bread) and everyone loves them. In Goa we make puran polis for occasions like baby showers, Ugadi/Gudi Padva, Sankranti, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, etc.
The recipe that I am sharing today is the way my mother in law makes puran polis. I can say that she makes the best puran polis in the world. I love to have them any time of the day – breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner with some home made ghee.
Puran is the sweet filling made of lentil (toor dal) and jaggery. Poli means flat bread. So puran poli means flat bread stuffed with lentil and jaggery. We add cardamom to this to add flavour.
Do try this Puran Poli Recipe (Sweet Stuffed Lentil Flat Bread) for Sankranti. I am sure it will be awesome. You can store these in air-tight containers for 2 days. You can even store them in fridge and whenever you want to eat, simply heat them on tava or in microwave. Serve it with a dollop of ghee.
Ingredients: Prep. Time: 1 hour, Makes: 20
2 cups chana dal
1 cup grated jaggery
10 cardamom pods, peeled and crushed
1 and 1/2 cup wheat flour/all purpose flour
Salt to taste
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup homemade ghee/clarified butter for roasting the puran polis
Let us make puran polis:
1. Add the wheat flour and salt in mixing bowl. Add sufficient water to make a soft pliable dough.
2. Keep aside for 2-3 hours. (this is applicable for all-purpose flour).
For wheat flour, you can make this within 30 minutes.
3. Wash and soak dal for 30 mins. Pressure cook for 3 whistles with 2 cups water.
4. You should be able to press the dal with fingers and it should not be too mushy.
5. Drain and keep aside.
6. Heat a kadai.
7. Add jaggery to kadai and melt it without adding water. Keep it on low flame.
8. Pour the dal without water in jaggery. Mix dal and jaggery on low such that the dal and jaggery mixture is dry.
9. If you want to make this immediately, spread this on a plate.
10. Grind this in mixer without adding water by adding cardamom and keep it aside.
11. Spread the flour on plate.
If you have used maida or all purpose flour, then pour oil on it.
12. Make small lemon sized balls and keep aside.
13. Flatten the balls using palm and stuff it with a tablespoon of dal and jaggery mixture.
14. Close it to make stuffed balls like how you make for stuffed parathas.
15. Sprinkle some flour on the rolling board.
16. Flatten the dal and jaggery filled balls using rolling pin.
17. Heat a tava or griddle. Spread 1 teaspoon of ghee and roast the puran polis on both sides till they turn brownish.
Serve with ghee.