Every region of India has a variety of cuisine, and no matter what region you come frm, everyone has a sweet tooth. Puran Poli is something like a sweet chapati (flat wheat bread)which is quite common in Gujaratis and Maharashtrians. The version I describe below is from Gujarat. This is my brother's absolute favourite, and I still remember the 2 of us fighting for an extra piece as our mom sat watching, horrified yet smiling!! Hope you enjoy it as well.
3 cups Wheat Flour
Water for kneading
1 pinch Salt
2 tsp Ghee
1 1/2 cup Jaggery or Sugar
1 1/4 cup Toor Dal
1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder(jaifal)
Put the dal in the cooker to pressure-cook for 2-3 whistles. Drain the excess water and let it cool a little. Then grind it slightly, not dding any water to it. Put a huge saucepan to heat, add the dal mix, add jaggery/sugar and the nutmeg and cardamom powder. Keep stirring constantly so that no lumps are formed in the mixture. This mixture tends to bubble and splutter, so stay away from the stove while stirring. Once it's cooked, remove from flame and let it cool.
Meanwhile, knead the dough using wheat flour, 1tbsp ghee and water to maka soft pliable dough that can be easily rolled. Leave aside covered for 20-30 mins. Make small balls out of the filling. Divide the main dough into small balls too and flatten them using a rolling pin (belan) Place a small ball of filling on the dough, roll over the other sides to cover the filling and make a complete ball again. Then carefully roll out the dough into thick medium-sized puris making sure the filling does not come out. Apply gentle pressure so as not to break the puris. Heat a griddle pouring ghee around it. Cook the chapati/puri on both sides. Drizzle with more ghee and serve hot with any curry of your choice, or better yet, just eat the delicious Puran poli by itself!!
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