Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Puran Poli/Festive Sweet(Stuffed flat bread)

Make me think of the sweets I like the most .....and the first dish that comes to my mind is the Puran Poli. When I was a kid, I often wondered how can someone not like puran poli ???
We used to wait for most of the festivals to munch on our favourite sweet .......and Aaji and Aaai's touch to it used to make it a heavenly experience for the tastebuds.

Here is the recipe of delicious puran poli!

Chana Daal(Split Chickpeas) 2 cups
Sugar or Jaggery 1 cup
Cardamom powder
Nutmeg powder
Ghee(Clarified Butter)
Wheat flour/All purpose flour

Cook the chana daal in water with pinch of salt. Once half cooked and water is reduced add sugar/jaggery. Let it cook in the water formed due to addition of sugar/jaggery. Add water as required making sure that the daal does not stick to the bottom. Keep stirring at regular intervals. When the daal starts breaking and thick sauce like consistency will be formed. Add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well and cook for another 5min. Remove from heat.

When the mixture cools down, grind it finely and puran is ready. Make sure balls can be made from the puran. If the balls are not staying firm then refrigerate for an hour or heat in a pan to dry the extra moisture.

Knead a soft dough by adding pinch of salt and little ghee to the wheat flour. Make a small ball and roll a small chapati. Keep the puran ball (bigger than the wheat ball) on top of the small chapati.

Cover the puran ball and remove the extra ends of the chapati. Now the puran stuffed wheat ball is ready.

Pat with hands or use a rolling pin to form a chapati. Liberally add ghee on a heated pan and fry on both sides for 4-5 min each

Serve hot with extra ghee on top! Enjoy!

Preparation time is about 1 1/2 hour. But its worth it!

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