Maharashtrian Puran Poli Sweet

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Puran Poli Sweet (Pooran Poli) is a traditional Indian sweet dish (Maharashtrian) made using whole wheat flour dough stuffed with a sweet lentil filling. Serve it with a dollop of ghee and milk on the side for a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert (vegetarian).

Puran poli served on a plate.
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About Puran Poli

Puran means sweet filling, and poli means flatbread. Puran Poli (Pooran Poli) is a popular Maharashtrian sweet stuffed flatbread with a delicious filling prepared with chana dal (husked split Bengal gram) and jaggery.

This sweet is prepared in many parts of India but is more prevalent in Karnataka, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.

Puran Poli is made for all special occasions and festivals like Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Bail Pola, etc.

The dough to make pooran poli uses a mix of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour. Some people add turmeric to the dough, and some do not. I love to add a little bit of turmeric as it gives a lovely color to the poli.

The filling, or the puran is made using cooked husked and split Bengal gram lentil (chana dal), jaggery, cardamom powder, and nutmeg powder.

I learned this recipe from one of my help and have perfected it over the years. In this post, I am sharing all the details you need to make the perfect puran poli recipe.

This recipe is vegetarian and can be easily doubled or tripled.

Here are some more Maharashtrian recipes you may like

Ingredients

Puran poli ingredients 1
Puran poli ingredients 2

For The Dough

The dough of puran poli is made using whole wheat flour (gehu ka atta), all-purpose flour (maida), salt, water, and ghee. The addition of ghee makes the poli nice, flaky, and soft.

Adding a little all-purpose flour to the dough makes the poli flaky.

You can also add a pinch of turmeric powder to the flour if you like to add a little hint of yellow color to the puran poli. I always add it.

For The Stuffing

The sweet and yummy stuffing is made with cooked chana dal, jaggery, and ghee.

Try to use organic jaggery. It might look dark, but it is free of many harmful chemicals used to bleach jaggery to give it a light color.

The filling is flavored with nutmeg powder and cardamom powder, which enhances the taste of poli even more and lends it a beautiful aroma. Some people also add ground ginger and ground fennel seeds to the filling.

You can also add dry grated coconut to this mixture, as done in some of the Konkan regions. 

In Maharashtra, the filling is made using chana dal; however, Gujaraties prefer toovar dal. You can choose whichever dal you like more.

You will also need ghee to fry the poli.

How To Make Puran Poli

Cook The Dal

In A Traditional Pressure Cooker

Start by cooking 1 cup chana dal. Wash the dal with water 2-3 times and soak it in 4-5 cups of water for 30 minutes.

Soaked chana dal.

Once the dal is soaked, drain the water and add the soaked chana dal to a pressure cooker.

Add 3 cups of water to the cooker and close the lid. Pressure cook the dal on high heat for one whistle, then reduce the heat to low and cook for another 15 minutes.

Soaked lentils and water added to a pressure cooker.

Remove the cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally. Once the pressure is released, open the lid of the cooker.

Pressure cooking the lentils.

The dal must be well-cooked. If it’s not cooked well, cook it for another few minutes.

Cooked chana dal.

In An Instant Pot

Wash the dal with water 2-3 times and soak it in 4-5 cups of water for 30 minutes.

Soaked chana dal.

Once the dal is soaked, drain the water and add the soaked chana dal to an instant pot.

Add 3 cups of water and close the lid of the instant pot.

Dal and water added to instant pot.
Lid closed.

Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 15 minutes on high pressure.

Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.

Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid of the instant pot.

Cooked dal.
Mashing the dal between fingers.

Make The Puran

Strain the cooked dal using a fine-mesh strainer and reserve the water for other uses like making katachi amti or curries. Try to get rid of as much liquid as possible while straining.

Dal strained in a fine mesh strainer.

Reserve the water to make Amti.

leftover dal water.

Add

  • cooked dal
  • 1 cup grated jaggery
  • 1 tablespoon ghee

to a nonstick pan and cook on medium heat until the jaggery is dissolved and mixed with the dal. 

Cooked dal, jaggery and ghee added to a pan.

Add ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder and ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and mix well. 

Nutmeg and cardamom added to the pan.

Cook the mixture until it starts leaving the pan’s sides and is thickened nicely (12-15 minutes). Stir frequently and keep mashing the dal with the back of the spoon.

Note – Insert a spoon in the middle to check if the filling is cooked well. If it can stand straight, then the puran is cooked to the right consistency.

Cooked pooran.

Remove the filling from the heat and let it cool down for an hour.

Add the cooled puran to a blender or a food processor and blend until it is very smooth.

You can also mash the puran with the heels of your hands until very smooth.

Note – The idea is to make a very smooth pooran. If the puran is not smooth, the poli will tear while rolling.

Note – A particular device called puran yantra is used in many Maharashtrian houses to make the puran super smooth. Some people also pass it through a mesh strainer or blend it in a food processor.

Puran added to a blender.
Smooth puran.

Make The Puran Poli Dough

Add

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon hot ghee

to a large mixing bowl (or a parat) and mix well using your fingertips.

Fours, turmeric, salt and hot ghee added to a large bowl.
Mixed well.

Gradually add water (approx 1 cup) and knead to make a super soft dough. The quantity of water will depend on the quality of the flour used. Do not add much water at once; otherwise, the dough will become sticky.

Tip – You can use your stand mixer fitted with a dough attachment or a food processor to knead the dough.

Adding water slowly.
Soft dough made.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and keep it aside for 30 minutes.

Dough covered with a kitchen towel.

Roll The Puran Poli

Divide the dough into 6-8 equal portions and roll each piece to make smooth balls.

Small dough ball.

Similarly, divide the puran into 6-8 equal portions and roll to make balls.

Take one of the portions of the dough and slightly flatten the ball between your palms.

Dust it gently with dry flour and roll it to make a 4-5-inch circle.

Dough dusted with dry flour.

Keep a filling ball in the circle’s center and bring the ends together.

Filling ball kept in the center.

Roll the filled dough ball in between your palms and keep rotating while rolling. This step will ensure that the puran reaches the corners of the poli.

Rolling the stuffed dough between the palms.

Now keep the disc on the rolling surface. Dust with dry flour and roll using a rolling pin to make an 8-10 inch circle. While rolling, apply the pressure gently and go from one side to the other. Try to roll the edges a little thinner than the center. Keep rotating the surface if it is getting tough to roll from one side.

Rolled puran poli.

Cook The Poli

Heat a griddle (tawa) over medium-high heat.

Once the tawa is hot, transfer the puran poli to it. 

Poli transferred to a hot skillet.

Cook until brown spots appear on the bottom side. Flip the poli and cook until brown spots appear on the other side.

Flipped poli.

Flip the poli again and apply 1 teaspoon ghee on each side. Press the poli using the back of a spoon and cook until golden brown from both sides.

Ghee applied on the poli.

Make all the poli in the same manner. Apply some more ghee and serve it with milk or katachi amti.

Note – Wipe the skillet every time before adding the next poli.

Ready puran poli.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is puran poli vegan?

This sweet Indian flatbread uses ghee or clarified butter, which is not vegan. If you want a vegan version, you can use vegetable oil instead.

Pro Tips By Neha

Knead the dough to a soft consistency. It should be softer than the chapati dough.

Reserve the water from the cooked dal to make Amti

If the filling is too runny, cook it for some more time. If it is too dry, mix well with a few tablespoon of milk.

The amount of filling should be equal to the amount of dough.

You can make puran poli using toor dal too. Just replace chana dal with toor dal and keep the remaining process the same.

Apply ghee on the poli only when the brown spots appear. It will make it crispy.

Clip your nails before making the poli. The dough is so soft it tears very easily.

Variations

Gujarati Puran Poli – This version has tuvar dal instead of chana dal.

Kerala Boli – This version of puran poli has the same mixture as Maharashtrian puran poli. The outer layer is prepared with rice flour instead of whole wheat flour.

Kannada Holige is prepared like Maharashtrian puran poli with chana dal and jaggery stuffing.

Andhra Bobattu – This version has the filling of chana dal and jaggery but is flavored with some nuts.

Tamil Poli – It has coconut, too, along with chana dal and jaggery. This version is also prepared in most of the Konkan areas.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve it for breakfast, snacks, or dessert post-meals. It is served with hot milk flavored with cardamom and saffron.

Puran poli amti is another very traditional combination. It can be served along with Katachi Amti (a spicy side dish made using the water left after cooking the dal) and Khamang Kakdi, a refreshing salad made using cucumbers.

During Gudi Padwa, you may even host a lunch or dinner, which serves a complete Maharashtrian meal to the guests along with everyone’s favorite puran poli.

Piping hot poli served with a dollop of ghee is so drool-worthy that I cannot express my feelings in words.

Storage Suggestions

You can store these for up to a week in the refrigerator. Keep the Puran Poli in an airtight box and refrigerate. Just heat on a skillet and apply some more ghee before serving.

You can freeze these in between sheets of butter or parchment paper. Then, keep them in zip lock bags and freeze them for up to 6 months.

To reheat, keep the frozen poli directly on a hot skillet. Apply some more ghee and cook until warm and crisp.

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Puran Poli Sweet (Pooran Poli) is a traditional Indian sweet dish (Maharashtrian) made using whole wheat flour dough stuffed with a sweet lentil filling. Serve it with a dollop of ghee and milk on the side for a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert (vegetarian).
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Maharashtrian Puran Poli Sweet Recipe

Puran Poli Sweet (Pooran Poli) is a traditional Indian sweet dish (Maharashtrian) made using whole wheat flour dough stuffed with a sweet lentil filling. Serve it with a dollop of ghee and milk on the side for a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Soaking and Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients 

For The Filling

  • 1 cup Bengal gram lentil (chana dal)
  • 1 cup grated jaggery
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder

For The Dough

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (gehu ka atta)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (maida)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons hot ghee (plus more for frying)
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Instructions 

Cook The Dal

    In A Traditional Pressure Cooker

    • Wash the dal with water 2-3 times and soak it in 4-5 cups of water for 30 minutes.
    • Once the dal is soaked, drain the water and add the soaked chana dal to a pressure cooker.
    • Add 3 cups of water to the cooker and close the lid. Pressure cook the dal on high heat for one whistle, then reduce the heat to low and cook for another 15 minutes.
    • Remove the cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally. Once the pressure is released, open the lid of the cooker.
    • The dal must be well-cooked. If it’s not cooked well, cook it for another few minutes.

    In An Instant Pot

    • Wash the dal with water 2-3 times and soak it in 4-5 cups of water for 30 minutes.
    • Once the dal is soaked, drain the water and add the soaked chana dal to an instant pot.
    • Add 3 cups of water and close the lid of the instant pot.
    • Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 15 minutes on high pressure.
    • Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
    • Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid of the instant pot.

    Make The Puran

    • Strain the cooked dal using a fine-mesh strainer and reserve the water for other uses like making katachi amti or curries. Try to get rid of as much liquid as possible while straining.
    • Add the cooked dal, jaggery, and ghee to a nonstick pan and cook on medium heat until the jaggery is dissolved and mixed with the dal. 
    • Add nutmeg powder and cardamom powder and mix well. 
    • Cook the mixture until it starts leaving the pan’s sides and is thickened nicely (12-15 minutes). Stir frequently and keep mashing the dal with the back of the spoon.
    • Note – Insert a spoon in the middle to check if the filling is cooked well. If it can stand straight, then the puran is cooked to the right consistency.
    • Remove the filling from the heat and let it cool down for an hour.
    • Add the cooled puran to a blender or a food processor and blend until it is very smooth.
    • You can also mash the puran with the heels of your hands until very smooth.
    • Note – The idea is to make a very smooth pooran. If the puran is not smooth, the poli will tear while rolling.
    • Note – A particular device called puran yantra is used in many Maharashtrian houses to make the puran super smooth. Some people also pass it through a mesh strainer.

    Make The Puran Poli Dough

    • Add whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, turmeric powder, and hot ghee to a large mixing bowl (or a parat) and mix well using your fingertips.
    • Gradually add water (approx 1 cup) and knead to make a very soft dough. The quantity of water will depend on the quality of the flour used. Do not add much water at once; otherwise, the dough will become sticky.
    • Tip – You can use your stand mixer fitted with a dough attachment or a food processer to knead the dough.
    • Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and keep it aside for 30 minutes.

    Roll The Puran Poli

    • Divide the dough into 6-8 equal portions and roll each piece to make smooth balls.
    • Similarly, divide the puran into 6-8 equal portions and roll to make balls.
    • Take one of the portions of the dough and slightly flatten the ball between your palms.
    • Dust it with dry flour gently and roll to make a 4-5 inch circle.
    • Keep a filling ball in the circle’s center and bring the ends together.
    • Roll the filled dough ball in between your palms and keep rotating while rolling. This step will ensure that the puran reaches the corners of the poli.
    • Now keep the disc on the rolling surface. Dust with dry flour and roll using a rolling pin to make an 8-10 inch circle. While rolling, apply the pressure gently and go from one side to the other. Try to roll the edges a little thinner than the center. Keep rotating the surface if it is getting tough to roll from one side.

    Cook The Poli

    • Heat a griddle (tawa) over medium-high heat.
    • Once the tawa is hot, transfer the puran poli to it. 
    • Cook until brown spots appear on the bottom side. Flip the poli and cook until brown spots appear on the other side.
    • Flip the poli again and apply 1 teaspoon of ghee on each side. Press the poli using the back of a spoon and cook until golden brown from both sides.
    • Make all the poli in the same manner. Apply some more ghee and serve it with milk or katachi amti.
    • Note – Wipe the skillet every time before adding the next poli.

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    Notes

    Knead the dough to a soft consistency. It should be softer than the chapati dough.
    If the filling is too runny, cook it for some more time. If it is too dry, mix it well with a few tablespoons of milk.
    The amount of filling should be equal to the amount of dough.
    Clip your nails before making the poli. The dough is so soft it tears very easily.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 406kcal, Carbohydrates: 76g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 76mg, Potassium: 572mg, Fiber: 18g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 20IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 5mg
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