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This skittle browned sweet delicacy looks like a stuffed chapati.
Often made for festivals and many auspicious days, it is simple,
filling, nutritious and a delight to eat when served with melted
time : 25 minutes
time : 30 minutes
For the filling
1 cup split Bengal gram chana dal
1cup or powdered jaggery
1cup grated coconut
pods cardamom, powdered
tbsp sesame oil
For the dough
2 cups white flour
2 cups wheat flour
cups of either flour is acceptable.) Usually poli is made only with
white flour, however I mix the two to make a healthier neivedyam
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
dash of salt
water to knead
equipment, tools required
A pressure cooker
A masher or blender
A flat ladle
heavy bottomed skittle
Banana leaf or butter paper about 4"x4"
dish to set aside
Pressure cook the lentil with just enough water so that it mashes
into a thick paste.
Mash well. Set aside
Add the grated coconut, cardamom and blend to a thick paste. alternatively
mash well using a wooden masher.
Put your grated/powdered jaggery in a kadai and heat
Add the lentil-coconut thick paste and cook over a low fire
The jaggery melts and binds the mixture together in a thick
• Mix all the ingredients together and adding a
little water at a time, knead to a soft dough.
1. Make golf ball sized balls with your dough
2. Dip your fingers in a little sesame oil and press
the ball into a flat circle on the banana leaf or butter paper..
3. Place a ball of the filling in the center and
close the dough over the filling. Pinch to seal like a garlic pod
and remove excess dough.
4. Flatten and press once more into a slim disc on
the leaf or butter paper. Dip
fingers in oil once more if necessary as you flatten. Alternatively,
use a rolling pin and roll out into a slim flat disc.
5. Heat and lightly grease a flat skillet, slow
6.Serve hot with Ghee.
1. Cook the lentil in a kadai or microwave it first
until done. Regulate the water accordingly. If runny, you will just
have to keep stirring in a kadai until it is thick.
Tips and techniques
• If the polis turn out a little too hard when
cool, try making your dough softer and keeping the dough in 2 tbsp
oil as you knead and roll.
• The polis keep well and make a great snack for
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