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13Jun 12

Puran Poli

Puran PoliPuran Poli makes a mouth-watering meal. It is a type of flatbread similar to Naan but with a sweet flavour. It is tied for my favourite breakfast food along with spicy Indian scrambled eggs, either of which can be served with ghee. As a tasty dessert, puran poli can be served sprinkled with powdered sugar or chocolate syrup.


  • 400g Chana Dal
  • 400g chopped jaggery
  • 2.5 tsp. cardamon powder
  • 500g Maida (all-purpose flour)
  • 4 tbsps. vegetable oil
  • pinch of salt

Preparation Method:

  1. Wash the Chana Dal thoroughly. Cover them with water and leave them to soak overnight.
  2. Drain the Chana Dal. Put in a pot with 1 litre of water and cook until soft (about 35 minutes).
  3. Strain the water. Lower the flame.
  4. Add the chopped jaggery. Stir slowly until they melt. Make sure all the liquid fully evaporates. The Chana Dal and the jaggery should form a solid paste.
  5. Slowly stir in the cardamon powder.
  6. Set it aside in a bowl and allow it to cool.
  7. Sieve the Maida and salt in a sieve or a sifter.
  8. Put the sieved Maida flour in a bowl. Add some water and vegetable oil.
  9. Knead the dough until it is soft, elastic and smooth. If you find that the dough is not becoming soft enough, just slowly add in a bit more water, but do not overdo it!
  10. Divide the dough into 8 portions. Slowly roll each portion into perfectly round balls.
  11. Prepare a rolling surface by cleaning it and sprinkling it with flour.
  12. Take one of the 8 dough balls and flatten it into a round, thin circle. Do this first gently with your fingers. Then use a rolling pin afterwards.
  13. Take a small spoon of the paste and place it gently in the centre of the flat dough circle.
  14. Pick the sides of the dough up and press them against the paste. Do this until they entirely cover the paste. Try not to break the outer covering of the dough. If a small hole appears as you are closing the seams over the paste, just take a small dollop of dough and press it gently over the hole so that it is covered.
  15. Flatten the ball with your fingers. With a rolling pin, gently roll it into a flat circle.
  16. Heat pan on a medium flame. When it is very hot, place the rolled poli on it and cook.
  17. Flip and fry it on the other side until it is well cooked.

Takes: 10 hours (including soaking time).
Makes: Enough for 8 servings.

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