It’s a tradition to make Puran Poli in our family on Tamil New Year’s Day. I usually make the traditional recipe only, but this time I have made something different. This does require much oil as compared to the traditional one and also I have used a combination of whole wheat flour and maida for the outer dough, thus making it more healthier:) But the real twist is the use of jackfruit in stuffing which gave such a mild and wonderful aroma to the dish:)
For the outer dough
Whole wheat flour- 11/2 cups
Maida- 1 cup
Red food colour- a pinch
Ghee- 3 tsps
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt – a pinch
For the Puran ( filling)
Soaked Chana dal- 1 cup
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Jackfruit ( deseeded)- 6
Grated jaggery- 1 cup
Ghee- 2 tsps
Ghee- as much required for making the Puran Poli.
For the dough
Mix all the ingredients well and make a smooth dough. Apply some ghee on the dough and let it rest for an hour.
For the filling
Grind the chana dal, coconut and jack fruit to a coarse paste.
Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan.
Add the ground paste and sauté well. Reduce the flame, close the pan with a lid and cook till it becomes non sticky. Keep stirring in between.
Add the grated jaggery and mix well. Cook for few mins on a low flame. If you can make a soft ball with the puran, it means that the Puran is cooked well.
Remove from the gas and let it cool.
To make the Poli
Divide the dough and Puran into equal portions.
Grease your hands, rolling board and the pin with little ghee.
Take one portion of the dough. Roll into a small circle. Keep 1 tbsp of filling in the centre. Gather the dough all over and cover the filling( it will look like a potli).
Gently flatten it with your hands to spread the filling inside uniformly till the edges and roll it into circle again with the rolling pin.
Cook on a hot tawa applying ghee till both sides turn golden.
Drizzle little melted ghee on top and serve hot:)
Recipe for traditional Puran Poli