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Paruppu Poorna Poli


For The Outer Dough

  • Maida/ Flour- 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Salt-a generous pinch
  • Water - 2-3 tbs
  • Oil-1/4 -1/3 cup

For The Filling

  • Channa Dhal-1/2 cup
  • Jaggery/ Vellam-1/2 cup
  • Coconut-1/4 cup
  • Cardamom Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Ghee-1 tbs


For The Dough

  • In a bowl mix togehter flour, salt and turmeric powder.
  • Add water and make a very tight dough. The water should bring all the dry ingredient together. It should not be soft.
  • Now add 1/4 cup of oil and start kneading the dough.
  • After a minute, the dough would have absorbed all the oil. Now add some more oil if necessary and knead the dough for 10 minutes until soft and pliable.
  • Cover with wrap and set aside for 2-3 hours.

For The Filling

  • By the time, the dough is resting we will make the filling.
  • Wash and soak channa dhal for 3-4 hours.
  • Take it in a pressure cooker and add water to the level of dhal.
  • When the whistle blows, reduce flame and let the dhal cook for 3 minutes.
  • Remove pressure and open the cooker.
  • Drain water and transfer the dhal to a mixer jar.
  • Grind it to a thick fine paste. Do not add water.
  • In a pan, mix together jaggery and 1 tbs of water and bring t to boil.
  • When the jaggery is completely dissolved and the syrup boils, remove it from flame and set aside.
  • In a pan, add ghee.
  • Add the channa dhal paste, cardamom powder and grated coconut.
  • Strain the syrup into the pan.
  • Mix it well.
  • Cook the mixture until it leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Remove from flame and allow it to cool.
  • Divide the filling into 12 equal portions and shape them into balls.

Shaping and Cooking

  • Divide the dough into 12 equal portions.
  • Have two greased plastic sheets ready.
  • On one sheet place the dough and press it to form a small disc.
  • Place one filling ball in the centre and bring the sides of the dough to cover it completely.
  • Now press it slightly to flatten it.
  • Place the other plastic sheet on top and gently press the poli to flatten it further.
  • When you have finished with shaping, remove the top sheet.
  • Now invert the poli on your right palm and gently remove the other plastic sheet.
  • Flip it on hot tawa.
  • Cook both sides until brown. Add some ghee while cooking.
  • When both sides are firm to touch and brown in colour, remove the poli from tawa.
  • Place on a plate to cool it down.
  • Do not stack hot polis. They will stick together and break.
  • Once cool, stack them in an airtight box.
  • Enjoy!!