Puranpoli / Sweetened bengal gram stuffed tortilla

Puranpoli is a sweet form of chapati – a chapati(poli) stuffed with puran – a mixture of boiled bengal gram and jaggery. It is an item prepared in most states of India like Goa, Maharastra, Gujrat, Karnataka,etc during festivals. If I need to translate it in English, I would name it as sweetened bengal gram stuffed tortilla. There is another form of stuffed tortilla – Saanjori whose recipe I shall share in future.

Some people in some states even use sugar instead of jaggery. You can even use botth in equal proportions. My mum-in-law bears the expertise in making puranpoli. When she made and fed us, I never bothered to indulge in noticing the recipe. But after coming here, I decided to attempt it on my own to surprise my hubby, my parents and my mum-in-law too.

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/4 cup bengal gram (channa dal)
  • 1 1/4 cup jaggery
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder (If the cardamom powder is too strong, use only 1/2 tsp of it)
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric powder (haldi)
  • salt as per taste
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (maida)
  • salt , oil for kneading the dough
  • extra flour for making the polis

Note : Remember that to make the best puran, you need to take bengal gram and jaggery/sugar in equal proportion. Eg. for 1 cup bengal gram, use 1 cup jaggery or 1 cup sugar. If you intend to use both jaggery and sugar, then for 1 cup bengal gram, use 1/2 cup jaggery and 1/2 cup sugar.

Also, many use same quantity of maida as that of bengal gram. But I preferred using a little more so that I should not fall short of . 😉

Method :

  1. Wash channa dal thoroughly well, soak for 5 hours and then pressure cook it for 5-6 whistles.
  2. Once pressure is completely released, remove the dal and drain any water that remains.
  3. Put this dal in a non stick pan, to it add the jaggery and turn on the gas. Keep stirring occassionally so that the mixture does not get burnt and stick to the bottom of the pan. The jaggery will melt down.IMG_20160712_114510
  4. Add the cardamom powder, tumeric powder and salt as per taste. Mix well.
  5. While the mixture almost begins to dry but still has slight watery consistency, put off the gas.
  6. Transfer the mixture into a mixie jar and grind it. After grinding, it will ideally dry on its own and form a lump. If not, then again tranfer to the saucepan and heat till puran dries up, leaves the sides and forms a lump. Take care that it doesn’t get burnt or stick to the pan.IMG_20160712_115156
  7. Knead a soft dough with all purpose flour, oil and salt as per taste. You can also add little of turmeric powder(optional) while you knead the dough to enhance the color of the final poli. Coat the kneaded dough with excess oil and keep it covered for half an hour. I usually keep the dough wrapped in wet but squeezed muslin cloth.
  8. Make golf size balls of puran and similarly make equivalent number of balls of dough.IMG-20160712-WA0025-COLLAGE
  9. Take a dough ball and roll it into a small roti just enough to cover up the puran ball.
  10. Put the puran ball in the middle of the roti and cover the puran with the roti.IMG-20160712-WA0033-COLLAGE
  11. Cover the puran stuffed dough ball with more than enough flour and start rolling into a medium sized disc. Keep applying enough  flour while rolling.WhatsApp-Image-20160712_10
  12. Tip : Sometimes, some find it difficult to achieve step 8-10. Alternate for this is – divide the dough into twice the number of puran balls i.e. two dough balls for one puran ball. Take two dough balls and roll each ball into small discs ( around 2-3 inch in dia., enough to accommodate the puran ball). Flatten the puran ball into a patti and place it in between the dough discs. Seal the edges of the dough discs together such that the puran is well sealed and locked between the dough. Roll this stuffed dough disc further into a medium sized disc, applying enough flour while rolling.
  13. Cook the poli on a hot tava or griddle on both the sides by applying ghee (butter) and flipping over only once.IMG-20160712-WA0041
  14. Serve hot with melted ghee for breakfast or snacks.

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Whole Wheat Pancakes

Usually recipes for pancakes use all-purpose flour or maida and probably pancakes prepared with all purpose flour are tastier not healthier though..I like baking cakes and cookies which mostly use all purpose flour. So I thought of finding an alternative for maida here, so as to compensate the maida usage. Health is priority without compromising much on taste 🙂

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2-4 tsp sugar (powdered)
  • 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tbsp vinegar (or 1 tbsp of lemon juice)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • maple or breakfast syrup as accompaniment
  • little butter for garnish

Method :

  1. Mix dry ingredients together. Incase, you intend to serve the pancakes with maple syrup, the 2-3 tsp of sugar would suffice. But if you intend to serve it plain, then you can increase the sugar quantity as per your taste (atleast 4 tsp).
  2. If you have buttermilk readily available, then use one cup of it. If not then as a substitute take a cup of milk and add to it 1 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice and set it aside for few minutes. Then add this to the egg , to it add melted butter and whisk.
  3.  Add the liquid ingredients mixture to the dry ingredient mixture and mix them well to form a smooth non-lumpy batter.
  4. In a non-stick thick bottom pan, apply little butter. Once hot, pour a laddle full of batter into the pan and spread it to form a circular disc.
  5. Flip it over, once it turns brown on one side. Allow it to cook on other side as well.
  6. Make around 2-3 pancakes in the same manner and stack them one over the other. Serve the pancake stack with maple or breakfast syrup and little butter.

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Spicy Appe

Appe or Ellape (in my mother tongue Konkani) is a dish quite similar to dosa or idli. But appe whether spicy or sweet can be eaten as is and don’t require any accompaniment like chutney or sambhar is required with dosa or idli. However, appe require a special pan for its making called the appe patra. Nowadays, as people are becoming more health conscious, they prefer using this pan for frying (deep frying) over the traditional deep frying method as the former consumes less oil.

Today I would like to share the spicy appe recipe which has been passed on to me by my mum. I plan to share the sweet appe recipe too in future.

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 1/2 cup idli rawa or 1/2 cup channa dal
  • pinch of soda bicarb
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-4 green chillies, chopped
  • a small piece of ginger, chopped
  • few springs of coriander leaves, chopped

Method:

  1. Take two bowls. In one soak rice and in the other soak urad dal and idli rawa (or channa dal) for atleast5 hours.
  2. After 5 hours, grind it and allow the batter to ferment for another 5 hours.
  3. Just before preparing the appes, add chopped onion, green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves, salt and soda bicarb.
  4. Heat the appe pan and add just little oil in each hole of the pan. Put spoonful of batter in each hole, cover it and allow to cook on one side. Then flip and allow to cook on the other.
  5. The appe are ready to serve alongwith pudina chutney.

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