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Friday, September 17, 2010

PURAN POLI

Traditional recipe that is simple to cook and so delicious to eat with hot Gujarati Kadhi .. The Puran mixture can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for handy cooking later on.

RECIPE MAKES 10 PURAN POLIS - SERVES 3-4

For the Poli cover :

Mix 4 cups wheat flour, 1/3 cup oil, 2 pinches salt well. Add 1 + 3/4 cup water and make a soft dough. Knead for 2 minutes, apply oil & set aside.

For the Puran :

2 cups Toovar dal, 2 cups Sugar, 1 tablespoon ghee or butter, 1/8 teaspoon elaichi & nutmeg (jaifal) powder each

METHOD

1. Soak 2 cups Toovar dal in 4 + 1/4 cup water for 15 minutes.

2. Add some water in a pressure cooker pan. Keep the cooker's steel utensil in the cooker pan, add toovar dal + all the water that it was soaked in. Close this utensil with a lid. Close cooker & pressure cook to 6 whistles. Let cooker cool completely before opening.

3. In a flat non stick deep skillet with a broad base & narrow rim (like a saute pan), add 1 tablespoon ghee or butter. After it melts, add the cooked dal and sugar.

On 5/10 heat, first mix the ingredients well. Once they are mixed and sugar starts melting, reduce the gas flame to 3/10 setting.

Keep on stirring continously for the next 30 minutes.

After 30 mins, if you try the balance the spatula in the Puran, spatula will hold itself in the Puran. Switch off the gas.

Add elaichi & nutmeg powders 1/8 teaspoon each & mix well.

Let Puran cool completely. Divide in 10 equal portions.

If you do not wish to make Puran polis the same day, at this stage, the Puran can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or frozen in a ziploc bag for few weeks for future use.

TO COOK

1. Divide the Poli dough in 10 equal portions, flatten them into a patty.

2. Roll 1 portion with the help of some dry flour till its size is as much as a Poori.

Keep one portion of the Puran in it, hold one edge of the poli dough & start gathering the edges such that the puran is completely inside the poli. Seal all the edges tightly, lightly press and flatten it like a patty again.

Roll this in the flour once again & with a very light hand, roll it as big as a chapati.

On medium high 6/10 flame, heat a non stick pan, once it is hot, add the puran poli on it.

Once you see small bubbles appearing on the top surface, turn on the other side.

Let it cook. On the top side, spread ghee, turn the Puran poli ghee side down & lightly press with a flat spatula to puff it up. Flip on the other side, let the puran poli absorb the ghee left on the pan.

If you do not want the ghee fumes all over the kitchen, once Puran poli is cooked on both sides, turn the top side down, press lightly with a flat spatula without adding ghee & puff it up. Remove from the pan.

Place on a serving plate & apply some more ghee on it, make some indents with a fork so all the ghee gets absorbed by the Puran Poli.

Repeat for all the puran polis.

Serve hot with Gujarati Kadhi.

Prepare & enjoy !!!

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