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.
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 !