Thursday, June 19, 2008

Puran Poli - my entry for Roti mela and the sweet event

Had been to a party last weekend and the menu was a celebration of the Maharashtrian cuisine. I absolutely enjoyed the lovely Puran polis. However, the menu was so elaborate that couldn't really have more than one puran poli. The taste and the craving to have another bite of the delicious roti still lingered on and that's what set me on the culinary journey to making it. This is my very first try at making this mouthwatering delight and was glad that it turned out very well. This is also my entry for Srivalli's "Roti mela"



Unlike what I had perceived for some years now the Puran poli is not a tough one to make. A little effort at making the filling and you have delicious rotis that you can savour for the next few days to come.



Back home in Kerala we have a similar sweet roti that is had with a combination os payasam or kheer. "Boli" is what it is known in Kerala and is a thinner version of the Maharashtrian Puran poli. If you look they are all the same just the slight variations that go to give a personal touch of the particualr region. This I guess is one aspect of the "Unity in Diversity" that we experience in India.

Coming back to Maharashtra, Mumbai where I currently reside , here is my recipe for a delicious batch of Puran polis.


Ingredients:
For the Puran or stuffing:
2 cups chana dal
1 1/2 to 2 cups jaggery shavings (depending on taste)
Cardamom - 5 to 6 (powdered)

For the Poli/chapathi:
Maida - 2 cups
Tumeric - a pinch
Salt - 1/4 tsp



Method:
Boil the chana dal. I did so in an open vessel rather than using the pressure cooker as I could keep checking in between. Took me about half an hour to 45 minutes to cook the dal to a soft mashable consistency(so did not have to use the blender and could mash it with the ladle itself). Add in the jaggery shavings and cardamom. Keep stirring till the jaggery dissolves. Mash with the ladle and keep stirring till you have a dry stuffing for your roti. Let cool.

Make the dough for the rotis. Roll out flat rotis and fill in the stuffing and roll out like any ordinary stuffed roti. Cook on the tawa till both sides turn golden brown(spread a little oil on both sides while cooking). You now have delicious Puran polis ready to enjoy. I loved it with mango flavored Shrikhand - a wonderful treat indeed and definitely worth all the effort.

19 comments:

Srivalli said...

Thanks for the entry!..those look so yummy

Sailaja said...

We do make same way. Nice entry.

Divya said...

Puran poli looks yummy Vandana,why dont you send it to Sweet series by Mythreyee as well?This months theme is puran poli/sweet rotis-it would be an apt entry!!

Happy cook said...

Delicious

Divya said...

Hi Vandana,we might have crossed ways..who knows..??I was mentioning abt coffee beanz in ekm..!!!

RamyaBala said...

Yummy!!!Its inviting...

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

great entry vandana! :-) but i've never had this before...!! a must try from ur blog! :-)

Mythreyee said...

That looks so yummy. Thank you for participating in the sweet series.

kamala said...

Looks delicous vandana...I too make the same way.

ranji said...

yummmmy...puranpolis are always welcome in my house..i can keep on eating it until someone tells me to stop...ur has come our perfect:)..nice entry

Sireesha said...

looks yummy vandhana......

Swati Raman Garg said...

heyy i have a small something for you in my blog.. come over and check it :)

Suma Rajesh said...

very well puranpoli vandana....my hubbies all time fav...

bhags said...

puran poli means long toiling in the kitchen.....but it is always worth the effort...isnt it. ...yours look all yummy

Laavanya said...

Looks great Vandana and I'm craving for some polis now. My mom makes it similarly but adds quite a bit of oil to the maida dough.. was yours easy to spread out?

Uma said...

delicious puran polis, Vandana! Nice entry.

Sig said...

I''ve never associated Boli with Puran poli, but you're so right, they are quite the same... :)

nupur said...

IT WAS REALLY EASY TO MAKE AND VERY MUCH DELICIOUS. THIS CHOCOLATE CAKE WAS YUM BUT I WISH FOR MANY OTHER RECIPES FOR THE CHOCOLATE CAKES. I LOVE THE CAKE.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vandana! Being from Maharashtra, I've grown up loving Puran Poli! Makes for a lovely meal for any occasion. :)