Obbattu or poli is a famous South Indian sweet dish mostly prepared during festival days/auspicious days. There are many variations to this recipe with variations of stuffing. Poli turns out very soft because of the quantity of oil we use along with ghee that I used in cooking the polis on tawa. In weddings poli is sometimes served with milk, and my hubby loves to eat it that way, but I personally like to eat poli as it is, and love it if the stuffing is not tooo sweet.
I prepared this obbattu/poli for Varamahalakshmi Pooja along with other dishes. Will post other dishes in my later posts, today’s recipe is Puran Poli.
Happy Varamahalakshmi to all who are celebrating.
Makes 8 medium sized polis
1 cup maida/all purpose flour
/4 cup oil
Pinch of salt
1/4 tspn turmeric powder
1-3 tspns water(if required)
1/2 cup dal(channa dal + toor dal mixed) – you can use just channa dal or toor dal.
1/4 cup jaggery
A generous pinch of cardamom powder
Ghee for cooking/frying the polis (you can use oil too if you want to avoid ghee)
Banana leaf for flatting the polis.
Method of preparation:-
In a bowl mix maida, salt and turmeric powder. Add oil and start kneading the dough. Oil quantity cannot be reduces, if you reduce it, polis will not turn soft. The dough should be soft not too tight. If required while kneading add 1-2 tblsp of water. Rub oil alll over the dough and leave it aside for 2-3 hours. The most the dough rests, the softer polis will be.
After 3 hours my dough looked like this.
Dry roast the dal for 5 minutes on low flame, make sure they don’t burn.
Soak the dal in water for half an hour.
After 30 mins pressure cook the dal with out adding water to the dal for 2 whistles.
Blend the cooked dal, jaggery and cardamom powder to a smooth paste, do not add water. Pooran or stuffing is ready now.
Divide the dough into 8 equal parts.
Divide the pooran into 8 equal parts as well.
Use a piece of banana leaf, smear oil over the leaf and on your palm, place the dough over the leaf, and spread the dough using your fingers to small round shape.
Place the pooran on the flatten dough and close the edges.
Place the poli as on hot tawa as shown in pictures. Remove the banana leaf very gently.
Apply about 1-2 tspn ghee on both sides and cook on low flame until brown.
Serve hot or cold and enjoy this delicious sweet dish.