Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli, a flatbread filled with sweet lentil filling. This is a very famous festival recipe and perfect for the coming Pongal / Makar Sankranti festival. 

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

Starting the New Year and beginning the year full of festivals and celebrations. My theme for this week’s BM is Festival recipes and my first recipe under the theme is this Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli. Poli is an essential festival recipe for many festivals and especially for Pongal / Makar Sankranti.

Pongal / Makar Sankranti is 3 days long celebrations in almost all the states of India. In Tamil Nadu, the day before pongal is Boghi festival. This is the day when we make Poli as a part of the festival platter. There are two different kind of poli that I regularly make. Paal Poli is our most preferred one and the one that I make often. Puranam poli is the other one and is quite similar to this particular Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli. The difference is that this Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli is made with whole wheat flour and the other one is made with all purpose flour / maida. Both the poli’s have their own unique flavor.

I had bookmarked this recipe from Varada’s blog a long time back and also made it, but never got a chance to blog about it. Now with Pongal / Makar Sankranti festival next week, it is the perfect time to post the recipe. I loved how flaky and lite these Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli was. It was so simple to roll and had just the right amount of sweetness. My boys loved it with a good dollop of ghee on top.

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

Preparation time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – 60 minutes
Difficulty level – Intermediate
Recipe adapted from – Varada’s Kitchen

Ingredients to make Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli – makes 8 to 10

For the filling –

  • Chana dal / Kadalai paruppu – 3/4 cup
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder – a pinch

For the outer covering –

  • Whole wheat flour – 1 1/2 cups
  • All Purpose flour / Maida – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 2 TBSP plus more to grease the poli
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

Procedure to make Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli –

To make the filling –

  • Wash the chana dal well under running water and cook it in pressure cooker or stove top until the lentils are well cooked but not mushy. Chana dal is the easiest as it does not mush up as quickly as the other lentils. Once the lentils are cooked, drain them in a colander. Save this drained water to make the dough for the outer covering. The perfect texture is when we can easily crush the dal between our fingers.

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

  • Mash the cooked chana dal well and add it to a heavy bottom pan along with the jaggery and sugar. Keep it on low heat and mix well. The jaggery and sugar will melt and the whole mixture will liquefy. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
  • The perfect consistency is when the mixture is hard enough to hold a spoon standing. Add the cardamom powder and the nutmeg powder and mix well.

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

  • Let the filling / puran cool completely. You will notice that the puran solidifies further when cooling.

To make the dough –

  • Combine the flours and salt in a wide bowl. Add the oil and mix it well with the flour. Slowly add water as needed to make a soft dough.
  • Add a little more oil at the end and let the dough rest for 1 to 2 hours.

To shape and cook the Puran Poli –

  • Divide the dough and the filling into 8 to 10 balls, depending on what size you want the poli to be.
  • Roll the dough to about 4 inch circle and place a ball of filling in the center. Form a pouch and seal the edges well.
  • Flatten and dust the dough with some flour and roll it into a thin circle. Keep dusting more flour as you go to prevent sticking.
  • Cook the poli on a hot pan. Drizzle some oil as both the sides and cook until brown spots appear on both the sides.

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

  • Remove it on a tray and keep it covered with a kitchen cloth until ready to serve.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Serve warm with a dollop of ghee.

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli
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Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli, a flatbread filled with sweet lentil filling. This is a very famous festival recipe and perfect for the coming Pongal / Makar Sankranti festival. 

Course Dessert, Festival Recipes, Flatbread, sweets
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Keyword chana dal, festival recipes, flatbread, kadalai paruppu, poli, Puranam poli, Sweet flatbread, sweet poli
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 serving

Instructions

To make the filling -

  1. Wash the chana dal well under running water and cook it in pressure cooker or stove top until the lentils are well cooked but not mushy. Chana dal is the easiest as it does not mush up as quickly as the other lentils. Once the lentils are cooked, drain them in a colander. Save this drained water to make the dough for the outer covering. The perfect texture is when we can easily crush the dal between our fingers.
  2. Mash the cooked chana dal well and add it to a heavy bottom pan along with the jaggery and sugar. Keep it on low heat and mix well. The jaggery and sugar will melt and the whole mixture will liquefy. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
  3. The perfect consistency is when the mixture is hard enough to hold a spoon standing. Add the cardamom powder and the nutmeg powder and mix well.
  4. Let the filling / puran cool completely. You will notice that the puran solidifies further when cooling.

To make the dough -

  1. Combine the flours and salt in a wide bowl. Add the oil and mix it well with the flour. Slowly add water as needed to make a soft dough.
  2. Add a little more oil at the end and let the dough rest for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. To shape and cook the Puran Poli -
  4. Divide the dough and the filling into 8 to 10 balls, depending on what size you want the poli to be.
  5. Roll the dough to about 4 inch circle and place a ball of filling in the center. Form a pouch and seal the edges well.
  6. Flatten and dust the dough with some flour and roll it into a thin circle. Keep dusting more flour as you go to prevent sticking.
  7. Cook the poli on a hot pan. Drizzle some oil as both the sides and cook until brown spots appear on both the sides.
  8. Remove it on a tray and keep it covered with a kitchen cloth until ready to serve.
  9. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  10. Serve warm with a dollop of ghee.

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13 thoughts on “Maharashtrian Style Puran Poli

  1. There are many versions of this poli , this maharashtrian one sounds delicious with channa daal. The Gujju version is with toor daal , and equally delicious . The daal and flour differ but the end result is awesome in any case .


  2. I have had bookmarked this recipe from Varadas too and need to make it soon. Such a wonderful recipe to celebrate Makar Sankranti.

  3. This version with Chana dal has come out well , Sandhya ! Thanks for the tips on making the pooranam. Amma makes it with toor dal filling and wholewheat cover but I have never tried to make this as she always makes it for me 🙂


  4. Being born an bought up in Maharashtra, I have yet not made this not sure why. The puran poli looks perfectly done and is a very healthy for the winter season.


  5. Puran poli has come out so well Sandhya! Though there are some variations to puran (lentil used) and flour used for poli, all of them taste good.

  6. I love puran poli, have made couple of years ago but couldn’t take a proper picture. Since then didn’t get chance to make them again. Your dish reminds me i have to make them soon. They looks so delicious.

  7. I never made it but my friend always makes it for us. I love this poli and looking at your sweet polis I think it’s time for me to make some soon.

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