Puran Poli Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

It doesn’t need any introduction, as every Indian would have eaten this sweet flat-bread sometime in his/her life. With its numerous variations, puran poli is eaten across length and breadth of India and this recipe is for making one of most widely popular, sweet and savory, elaichi (cardamom) flavored pooran polis having delicious stuffing made of tuvar dal. The use of nutmeg powder, even though in very small amount, compliments the flavor of cardamom and jaggery making it even tastier.
Note: Read tips and variations given below to make Gujarati, Maharashtrian, Konkani and South Indian style puran polis.
Puran Poli
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:
1 cup Tuvar Dal (arhar dal)
3/4 cup Sugar or Jaggery (gud)
1/2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (elaichi)
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg Powder (jaifal)
2 tablespoons + for smearing Ghee (clarified butter)
1 cup + for dusting Wheat Flour
1½ tablespoons Oil
Water
Directions for Making Puran (stuffing):
  1. step-1
    Wash tuvar dal and soak it in water for 30 minutes. Drain excess water and pressure-cook it with 1½ cups water in medium size pressure cooker (4-5 liter size) for 3 whistles over low-medium flame. Let pressure inside cooker comes down naturally; open the lid and drain any excess water.
  2. step-2
    Gently mash dal with back of the spoon or masher. Heat a medium size heavy based pan or non-stick pan over medium flame. Add cooked dal, sugar or jaggery and ghee in it and mix well.
  3. step-3
    Stir continuously and cook until mixture turns thick or for approx. 15-20 minutes.
  4. step-4
    You can check if thickness of puran is appropriate or not by placing spatula vertically straight in the center. If it does not fall, then mixture is thick enough otherwise stir and cook for 3-4 minutes more and check again. Add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and mix well. Turn off flame and let mixture cool at room temperature. Divide mixture into 10 equal portions.
Directions for Making Puran Poli:
  1. step-5
    Take wheat flour in a medium size bowl and add oil in the center. Now add water as required and knead smooth dough (like paratha dough). Cover dough with a muslin cloth and let it set at room temperature for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, knead it again and divide it into 10 equal portions.
  2. step-6
    Take one portion, give it a shape of ball and press a little. Coat with dry flour and roll it out using rolling pin into 4-5 inch diameter circle (like puri). Place one puran (stuffing) portion in the center of rolled puri.
  3. step-7
    Wrap stuffing with all sides of puri and seal top where all sides merge. Pinch off excess dough and give it a round shape of ball.
  4. step-8
    Press stuffed ball a bit and make thick pattie, coat with dry flour.
  5. step-9
    Roll it out using rolling pin into approx 6-7 inch diameter circle. Heat tawa over medium flame and place raw puran poli over it.
  6. step-10
    Cook it until golden brown spots appear on bottom side. Flip and cook other side until brown spots appear there as well. If required, repeat flip and cook process one more time to cook it evenly.
  7. l_step
    Transfer it to plate and spread as much ghee as you like on both sides. Repeat steps 3 to 6 for remaining portions of dough and stuffing.
Tips and Variations:
  • Do not cook tuvar dal with too much water otherwise stuffing will not turn thick easily.
  • To roll them out easily, prepare stuffing couple of hours in advance and place it in refrigerator. Refrigeration makes it little hard which in turn makes roll out process easier.
  • Use milk instead of water for making dough. This will make soft outer layer.
  • You can use 1/2 cup chana dal (gram lentil) and 1/2 cup tuvar dal to prepare stuffing.
  • Use jaggery instead of sugar and prepare stuffing of chana dal and tuvar dal to make maharashtrian style pooran poli.
  • Obbattu or Holige is popular sweet dish in Karnataka and Tamilnadu. Follow obbattu recipe to make south Indian style puran poli.
  • Prepare Gujarati style puran poli by making stuffing of just tuvar dal and sugar.
  • Make Konkani style puran poli by preparing stuffing of grated coconut, chana dal and tuvar dal.
Taste: Sweet and soft
Serving Ideas: There are many ways in which this simple Indian sweet flatbread can be enjoyed. In different parts of India, it is served differently. However, the most common way of eating it is either on its own or with simple potato curry.
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7 Comments


Mar 29, 2015  by Samruddhi
Thank you for the recipe!

I wish we could get a puran powder with lot less effort and same taste... what to say?

Mar 20, 2015  by Anamika b
Awesome recipe tried today. Came out yummy. Husband comment "please make this for my tiffin (lunch) too".
Thanks a lot.

Jan 14, 2015  by Meenakshi
Hi, happy to know that we can make pooran poli with tuvar daal too. Thanks for sharing. I will try it..happy pongal.

Response: Happy Pongal Meenakshi. In Gujarat, we make poli with toovar dal and it tastes delicious. After trying this at home please provide the feedback.


Nov 23, 2014  by Anonymous
Hi, I tried this recipe. The puran was awesome! However the the puran poli didn’t turn out the way it is shown in the images. I mean the taste was awesome but not the appearance, because my poli broke into pieces. I think maida would be better instead of wheat flour.

Response: Hi, I think something is wrong with the dough. Did you bind the soft dough? It is important to bind the soft dough to roll it out easily.


May 13, 2014  by nafisa
Its a good reciepe..tried many times..

Apr 14, 2014  by pali
Hi I tried this good recipe of yours, came out good thank u so much.

Apr 05, 2013  by Sneha
Will try the receip and rate

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