During my stay in Mumbai returning home tired after work and 1 1/2 hours train journey I was always looking at snacking options.  The options available in the local train itself were wafers, chaklis and Puran Poli.  Of course I avoid the empty calories and jump at the option of eating this nutritious snack Puran Poli.  So I would always relish this but didnt know how to prepare it.

Then one particular time after marriage I returned home and to my delight my neighbour gave me Puran Poli.  I of course polished it off.  

Mum who was alive back then, told me to learn the process from my neighbour which I immediately did.  

Now I prepare Puran Poli for the family who relish it like I do.  

Ingredients for the dough :

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour 
  • A pinch of salt 
  • 2 tbs. Ghee/Oil
  • 1/2 Water  (more or less as required to bring the dough together )

Ingredients for the stuffing:

  1. 5/8 cup/125 gms. Channa Dal washed and soaked for a minimum of 3-4 hours
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 pinch tumeric (optional)
  4. 1/8 cup/25 gms. Grated jaggery (as per taste)
  5. 1 tsp cardamom powder
  6. Oil for frying the puran poli (as required)

Method: In a bowl add the wholewheat flour and make a well adding the salt, ghee and water to make a stiff dough.  Cover and keep aside.

Now boil the dal with water for 15-20 minutes in a cooker/vessel.  Continue cooking till the water nearly dries up.  With the back of a spatula smash the dal.  Add the cardamom powder and grated jaggery and mix well till the entire mixture becomes a round ball.

If using a cooker 3-4 whistles and then switch the cooker off.

Let the cooker cool naturally then open the cooker. Now if there is any water light the gas and add cardamom powder and jaggery.   Stir and gently smash the dal till all the water has evaporated.  The dal will form into a round ball with all the stirring.  Then you switch off the gas and let it cool.

Now make small balls of the dough.  With the help of a rolling pin roll out a small round flatbread/chapatti.  Take about 1 1/2 tablespoon of the filling and stuff it into flatbread.  Bring it together and close to form a small ball.  Dust the ball with wheatflour and roll out to the size of a cheeseplate.

Now on medium heat keep a pan and fry the Puran Poli.  First fry the sides and then the middle.  Add oil all over the Puran and fry till you see golden brown spots on the Puran Poli.  With the help of a spatullas turn to the other side and repeat the process.  Enjoy hot with a cup of tea or cold as a snack/Tiffin item. 

Notes: Recipe: 1. Courtsey Meena Tai.  

 2. Roll the edges of the stuffed Puran Poli thin.  This will ensure that the Puran Poli fries well.  

3. Channa Dal is called split Chickpeas in English.

4.  I have used very less jaggery but you can always increase it or add sugar as per your taste.

5. People also use coconut and sesame seeds which is optional too.

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