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Puran Poli – The Simplest recipe ever !

A sinfully addictive recipe , once again from the traditional Maharashtrian kitchen – The Puran Poli ! A sweet preparation , with chana dal , every maharashtrian craves for. Sharing the simplest ever recipe for the same !

Puran Poli is my favourite sweet , of course , it has to be. So much so that it becomes an entire meal for me . Be it lunch , dinner or even breakfast. And I am so glad that my kids love it too. Pair it up with loads of ghee , mango pickle and Marathi Kadhi….. and I am set!

It is a very special preparation only made during certain festivals. In my family it was like every festival was allotted a specific sweet. If its Holi its going to be puran poli , if its Padwa , it has to be srikhand……… and so on.

When I was a kid, puran poli used to be made 3 times a year … Holi , Mahalaxmi- ganapati and Dushehra. We used to wait for these festivals for this yummy treat! But now we have become a little more liberal…. We can have puran poli whenever we feel 😉

The Puran poli was generaly the main attraction , in the entire meal. But we as kids ended up eating only Pural Poli with loads of ghee. I always used to ask my mom ,” why do you make so many things along with puran poli ? Who needs anything else with it ?”. She just smiled and say ,” you should be having everything.” Maybe it was the elders way of making the meal complete and wholesome.

I got married into a family , which loved puran poli. But their way of having it was way more refined. They had their puran poli with mango pickle , kadhi , some pakodas and yes, loads of ghee.

At first it felt so out of place. How could anyone have something sweet with pickle and kadhi? Had to try it , just once , right? I totally loved it . The flavours just come together somehow. The sweetness of puran poli is accentuated with the pickle , and you can just keep on eating!

And you know what , even I love to have puran poli with pickle and kadhi now . A lot of people have puran poli with a bowl of cool milk or a bowl of ghee. I cant even imagine eating it along with a bowl of ghee , But that’s how our elders used to feast !

I used to dread making puran poli because of the difficulty involved in the process of making Puran . Firstly on the old stone called the pata varvanta , and then the little sophisticated puran yantra. It looked so difficult that I never even thought of making it myself. Let my MOM and MIL do the honors , I felt.

But recently , one of our family friends shared this recipe with us . Gave it a shot immediately , and let me tell you , it is … THE SIMPLEST RECIPE EVER!

If you love your puran poli , and have been afraid of making it yourself ( just like me 😉 ) , This is surely your go-to-recipe!

With the start of the festive season , we have a lot of occasions to try out new recipes , right ?

Do give it a try and let me know how you like it! And yes your reviews and your own recipes with a twist are always welcome!

Sharing the recipe … Enjoy !

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Puran Poli - The Simplest Recipe Ever !
Course sweets
Cuisine maharashtrian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
For the Puran:
For the Dough:
Course sweets
Cuisine maharashtrian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
For the Puran:
For the Dough:
Instructions
  1. For the puran : Pressure cook the chana dal with water for 2 whistles and simmer for 10 minutes. The dal should be completely cooked . Remove the excess water , if any.
  2. To the cooked chana dal add sugar and grated coconut . Blend it into a smooth paste using a blender or a mixer grinder.
  3. Take the chana dal paste into a kadhai or a heavy bottom vessel . Cook on a medium flame , stirring continuously , till the chana dal paste thickens and the ladle stands in the mixture upright.
  4. Remove from heat and add the nutmeg and cardamom powders. Keep mixing the Puran till it comes to room temperature.
  5. You can store it in an airtight container and refrigerate , to use later.
  6. For the Dough: Seive the wheat flour through a fine maida sieve. In a mixing bowl take wheat flour , maida and salt. Add little water and little oil, start to knead. Add more water in small amounts till you get a nice soft dough. Knead it for 2 more minutes. Keep aside.
  7. To prepare rotis : Divide the dough into equal portions around 15 to 20.
  8. Roll out one part into a small disc . Place around 1 u2013 1 xbd tablespoon on Puran on it and carefully cover the entire ball with the dough. Now dust it with some maida and roll it into a round disc or Poli with a rolling pin.
  9. Now dry roast the Puran Poli on a hot tawa or pan till golden brown.
  10. Repeat the steps with all the dough balls.
  11. Serve hot with dollops of ghee or a bowl of milk or a bowl of ghee ! x01x01x0bx05
Recipe Notes

Tips

  • There should not be any water in the cooked chana dal before adding any sugar , or it becomes too thin to work with.
  • Blend the chana dal and sugar mixture when its still hot , don’t wait for it to cool.
  • Keep mixing the puran till it reaches room temperature , to allow for the steam to escape.
  • You can store both the Puran and the Dough in the refrigerator for and use when needed.
  • It stays good for about a week.
  • You can even roast the puran poli with some Ghee / clarified butter to get a crisp puran poli!
  • The number and size of rotis can differ acoording to your expertise .
  • You can use the remaining Dough to make simple rotis or chapati.
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