Puran Poli (Stuffed Pancake with coconut &lentil filling)
This is one of my favorite sweet. Puran Poli (also known as Obbattu, Baksham , poli in tamil) is a traditional Indian Bread prepared in Maharashtra, Gujrath & South India. Mostly this Poli is served during auspicious occasions and important festivals. There are different variations according to region.
In Tamilnadu poli is prepared on festival days. Avani Avittam,Tamilnew year, Saraswathi pujai and Bhogi Pandigai. I prepare this poli for Avani avittam.You can prepare using Kadalai paruppu (channa dal) , Toor dal or a combination of both. I have used channa dal.In my home all are fond of sweet dish. Instead of jaggery I always use sugar & coconut and it gives different taste. Polis are my all-time favorite ones. I can eat this anytime, all days. . It was quite different and it tasted great too!
For Filling Poornam
1 cup Bengal gram dal (cleaned & washed )
1 coconut (grated)
1/4 cup ghee
10 pods cardamom (powdered)
2 cups sugar or jaggery (powdered)
Ingredients for the dough
Maida or plain flour – 1 to 1 ½ cups
Turmeric powder- 1 pinch
Salt – 1 pinch
Cooking oil or Seasame oil– 1/2 cup
Take a vessel seive maida with salt and turmeric, sprinkle warm water little by little and make like a chappathi dough. make a hole in the middle, pour the sesame oil cover it with the same dough and close the vessel and keep aside for 2 hours.
Pressure cook dal with little turmeric with enough water for 3 to 4whistle. Once it is cool drain the water completely.Grind it in a mixie with the sugar into a fine paste.
Take a pan, add 1 tbls of ghee, add the grated coconut saute for few mts then add the ground dal, elachi and cook until the dal is done and it is thick. cool the dal.
Make small balls of maida into flat chappathies.Make lemon size balls of the poornam. Make lemon size balls of the batter. Expand the batter with a rolling pin to about the size of a 5 inch diameter circle.
Put the stuffing ball in this and now, bring the ends of the batter together to as to cover the poornam.
At the top where you join all the ends, there may be some extra batter, remove it and seal the stuffing well into the batter.
Now, Grease a banana leaf and your fingers too.Place the prepared ball on the leaf and pat it evenly on the leaf giving it a round shape as thin as possible. You may use your finger tips to expand the stuffed batter disc, or you may use the rolling pin. .
(You can also flatten over a polythene sheet greasing with oil or plantain leaf Whichever convenient to you and then place over the tava. )
Heat a tava and invert the banana leaf on it, peel out the raw poli on to the tava / pan.
Heat a pan and apply some ghee/oil to it. Put the poli on the pan and turn and cook until done. Apply ghee and toast on both the sides.