Friday, August 3, 2012

Paruppu/dal Poli

Poli is a sweet that always makes my stomach go in knots. I have had varying degrees of luck with this dish. In total I have made this sweet about five to six times, but every time I make it my limbs are all crossed.
I made poli this time with the same kind of apprehension, but it turned out great.
Channa dal – 1 cup
Jaggery – 1 cup
Cardamom powder – a pinch
Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
Maida or all-purpose flour – 1 cup
Turmeric  powder – a pinch
Salt – a pinch
Gingely oil – 2 or 3 tbsp
Ghee – 2 or 3 tbsp
Roast channa dal in a pan until it turns slightly brown. Soak the roasted dal in water for a couple of hours. Drain the dal and dry it using a paper towel. Once the dal is dry and grind it in a mixer to make a fine powder.
Mix maida, salt and water and knead to make a soft dough. Brush two or three spoons of gingely oil on top of the dough and keep it aside for a couple of hours.
In a saucepan, melt jaggery in a little water. Once the jaggery starts boiling, mix the ground dal powder and mix it nicely. Once the puran turns into a dough consistency, remove it from stove. Add cardamom powder and grated coconut.
Divide the maida dough and puran into equal parts. Oil a flat surface and spread one ball of maida evenly. Keep a ball of puran inside the spread maida and cover all the sides. Now make a flat bread using your finger tips. Cook the bread on a hot tawa. Use ghee to make the sides crisp.

Serve paruppu poli with warm milk or ghee.

Recipe linked to Delicious Dish Tuesday Recipe Link Up.


  1. Yummmmm...

  2. Drooling here rite now, wat an irresistible poli,just love it.

  3. Traditional and tasty Indian snack

  4. Thank you all. Please do try it and let us know.

  5. polis look absolutely yummy and tempting :)

  6. I love Poli. I really wait for my grandmother to make me a pack and let me take it home. Full of ghee is the right way to go

  7. I think one of the most wonderful things about the internet is how it lets us broaden our repertoire of recipes. I'm slowly compiling a collection of Indian dishes I really enjoy. I'm looking forward to trying this one. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Thanks Ruchira, full of ghee is the only way to go :-)

    Thanks Aunt B. It is amazing how the internet has helped bring different cultures closer. We have a whole range of Indian recipes, do try them and let us know how you liked them.

  9. This looks so good, though I have no idea what half of those ingredients are. Google will help me. :) I'm with Aunt B, love seeing these new recipes I'd never have known of otherwise! Thanks so much for linking up to Delicious Dish Tuesday again! :)

  10. Thanks Alesha :-). Google will be able to clarify your doubts. This is a very traditional recipe, so it needs traditional ingredients.