Saturday, January 9, 2010

Puran Poli

Poli is a very popular, traditional sweet flat bread prepared during special occasions and festivals. It is known as bobbatlu in Telugu, obbattu, holige in Kannada, puran poli in Marathi and boli in Tamil and Malayalam. There are many variation of this recipe. I have used bengal gram dal and coconut to make this boli. Though it seems a time consuming process, it is very easy to prepare. It is prepared commonly during many festivals like Bhogi, Ugadi, Pongal etc. It can also be had as a snack. Some love to have it pal payasam. Today we will learn how to make Puran poli/boli following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

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Boli Recipe-Puran Poli-Obbattu-Holige

Boli Recipe-Puran Poli

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields: 10 small Bolis
 Recipe CategoryDessert-Snacks
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   All purpose flour/Maida -1 cup
   Oil - 2 tbsp (sesame seed oil/nallennai)
   Turmeric powder- a pinch

   For the stuffing

   Bengal gram/channa dal/kadalai paruppu -1/2 cup
   Jaggery - 3/4 cup
   Coconut (grated) 1/3 cup
   Ghee/clarified butter - 1 tsp
   Cardamom powder- 1/3 tsp

   Plantain leaf/ziplock sheet

For the outer cover

Made a soft dough by mixing flour, turmeric powder and needed water. Knead it, add 2 tbsp oil and keep it covered for 3-4 hours. Let it remain soaked in oil. The more it remains soaked in oil the more softer the boli will be. It must be soaked in oil atleast for a minimum of 1 hour, if 3-4 hours is not possible.

puran poli preparation

For the stuffing

Wash and soak bengal gram (kadalai paruppu) for half an hour.

Pressure cook bengal gram dal with water (add enough water to cover the dal) for 2 whistles or until soft but not mushy. You can also cook in a pan.

making kadalai paruppu poli

In a bowl, add grated jaggery and just enough water to soak the jaggery. Cook on low heat until the jaggery dissolves. Once it dissolves, filter it to remove dust and impurities if any.

jaggery syrup

Drain off excess water from the bengal gram dal (channa dal). In a pan, add the filtered jaggery water, cooked bengal gram dal, grated coconut and a tsp of ghee.

how to make paruppu poli

Cook on medium heat stirring continuously until it leaves the sides of the pan.

puran poli-4

Leave it to cool. Then grind it to a slightly smooth paste adding cardamom powder. Now our stuffing for poli is ready. (see picture below)

puran poli stuffing- coconut, jaggery and dal stuffing

After 3 - 4 hours - Take the maida dough which we kept aside and knead it well again.

boli making

Now both the dough and the stuffing for poli are ready, we will start making poli.

Making Poli

Divide the stuffing into gooseberry sized balls. Grease a plantain leaf with oil. Take a small ball of dough and place it on the plantain leaf.

obbattu recipe

Grease your fingers with oil and flatten the dough with your fingers to form a small circle as shown below.

Place a small ball of poli stuffing at the center and seal it on all sides forming a small ball.

how to prepare paruppu poli

Now flatten the ball with the stuffing inside to form a thin small circle.

thengai poli

Cooking Poli/Obbattu

Grease the tawa slightly with ghee and heat it. Now invert the plantain leaf with the poli over the tawa as seen in the picture below.

After a few seconds, gently remove the plantain leaf.

cooking puran poli

Now cook the poli both the sides until golden brown on very low heat.

Once cooked, apply ghee all over the surface and remove from heat. Now puran poli is ready to be served. Enjoy it warm.


You can fold it and store it in a container, if not having it immediately. Poli tastes good even after few hours of preparation.

boli recipe


For those who cannot get plantain leaf, poli can be rolled out just like roti using rice flour for dusting. In case, if you are using plastic sheet, then transfer the poli to your hands and then place it on the hot tawa.

If you are busy, you can make the stuffing the previous day and refrigerate it. Bring it to room temperature before making polis.

You can make the dough also in the morning, if you want to make polis in the evening. You do not have to refrigerate the dough.

If you have left over stuffing (poornam), dip it in dosa batter and deep fry to make sukhiyan/suyam.

Storage and Shelf life - Store it in a stainless steel box. Stays good at room temperature for 1 1/2 days.

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  1. Nice step by step clicks.Poli looks Absolutely delicious

  2. nice step by step recipe. looks wonderful!

  3. I have never made this myself, but have eaten them in friends place this looks so so yumm. Love the step byt step pics too.

  4. I always love to eat them, but never made them myself! Thanks to the step by step pics, this bhogi I can make them! :)

  5. Hi. Nice step by step narration. We too make puran poli but in a different way, will surely post it some day.

  6. Very nice tutorial. This looks very interesting to try.

  7. Nice step by step pics. Love this sweet a lot. Looks perfect and delicious :)

  8. I just love poli....but haven't tried at home....thanks for the step by step recipe...will try it now.

  9. nice poli I love this poli tempting!!!! parcel please

  10. You made it look a lot easier with the step by step and they look yummy!

  11. wow..step by step instroctions make it so easy to fallow..delicious poli dear.

  12. sounds great..This is new to me..Looks absolutely mouthwatering

  13. Hey this puran poli recipe is just perfect...ur puran poli luks yummm...i like it very puran poli with ghee on

  14. Very beautifully described step by step procedure. I loved the pics. Feel like grabbing one from the pic :):)


  15. You make this look so simple...lovely...

  16. Puran Poli !!! wow !! hats off to you .. thanks for wonderful step by step snaps !

  17. hi! nice array of beautiful explanatory pics!!.. will be very helpful!!... looks perfect!! :) I love Poli, I'll try this some time :)

  18. Love these poli's...wish I could grab one from the screen

  19. wow super. hai padhma please send parcel me.

    pls send 10 polies for me alone.

    haha haha thank you

  20. nice presentation and yummy poli...tempting pics!

  21. My fav poli, even my mom makes same way Padhu. We also use coconut stuffing, but i prefer Bengal gram stuffing. Nice step by step explanation dear!!!

  22. wow!!Puran poli!!! such a wonderful festive food..and your explanation and pics r too gud!!

  23. I love this..we also make this during festive seasons..:-)this looks perfect

  24. I've never had this dish before - it looks delicious.

  25. Nice the pictures are very helpful to understand the step by step processs

  26. Never had poli.....looks intriguing!

  27. Such beautiful work, who doesn't love this sweet? Delicious :)

  28. We call this puran puri in gujarati, Its alovely recipe and very delicious.Your step by step pictures are very helpful.
    Happy Pongal.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog simplyfood ,hope to see you there again soon.:)

  29. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Puran poli looks delicious. And great step by step pics.

  30. This is one of my fav..u just brought back old memories,,my mom used to make it often..i have one waiting in my draft folder..
    this looks abslty yummy..Gr8 job padhu:)

  31. My hub's all time fav food..Looks so nice and yummy dear.

  32. Oh! That looks absolutely amazing! I love the step by step instruction, you make it easier to understand. You did such a great job on this post! Way to go, Padhu!

  33. Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year.
    I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Puran poli looks delicious and yummy.

  34. Lovely poli with a step by step demo.You can visit my blog and give ur comments.

  35. Thats a new method for me...I never knew the Banana leaf method...Puran poli is my Hubby's fav.

  36. nice poli recipe..and also its always nice to see step by step pics..

  37. Thanks looks yummy... love ur step by step pics...thanks for visiting my site...

  38. Superb recipe and lovely clicks

  39. wow, this looks so cool, WIll try it for sure.

  40. Shall I save tis lik other sweets? Or Howlong can I keep this?

  41. Hello
    Wat can i use instead of banana leaf?
    I'm in USA .. I dont find it here ..

    1. You can use a zip lock bag. Grease a plastic sheet or zip lock bag with oil and flatten the poli with your hands. After flattening the poli, gently transfer it to your hand and then place it on the tawa.

  42. Hi Padhu,
    I tried your poli recipe today, it was delicious but it was little hard. I dont know what mistake I made .., could you tell me and i will rectify it?

    1. The dough should rest for a minimum of 3-4 hours. The more time it remains soaked in oil, the more softer the poli will be.

  43. Dear padhu
    Can we prepare the dough and stuffing previous day morning can we prepare poli.

    1. Yes, you can Deepthi. Usually I make the dough in the morning around 10 and prepare poli around 3 pm in the evening. It turns out very soft and delicious. As you want to store it overnight, keep it in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature before preparing.


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