1 cup Split Bengal gram (chana dal),rinsed in water
1 cup Jaggery (gur),grated
¼ teaspoon green cardamom powder
a pinch of saffron (kesar), optional
For the dough
11/2 cups refined flour (maida)
3 tablespoon ghee
pinch of salt
water as needed
½ cup oil
Mix refined flour (maida),salt,ghee and sufficient water (around ¼ cup) to make a very soft dough.
Note: The softness of the Puran Poli depends on the softness of the dough.
Add oil to the dough and let the dough immerse in the oil for an hour while you make the stuffing.
When ready to make Puran Polis, remove the dough from the oil. The oil can be reused for other purposes.
Making the stuffing
Pressure cook chana dal (took me 3 whistles).
Drain it using a colander and coarsely grind it,
In a microwave safe bowl, add ground dal, jaggery,saffron,cardamom powder and mix well.
Microwave on high uncovered for 4 minutes. Remove the bowl and mix well.
Microwave again for 2 minutes. Remove the bowl and mix well before putting it back again in the microwave. Repeat this process until the mixture appears dry and can be rolled into a ball. The microwave process takes around 16 minutes total)
(Alternatively, this chana dal-jaggery mixture can be reduced on the gas too. Constantly stir the mixture till it appears dry enough to be rolled into balls)
Let it cool for 10 minutes.
Divide the stuffing into sixteen equal portions and roll into balls.
To make Puran Poli
Divide dough into sixteen equal portions and roll into balls.
Flatten each ball and stuff with one portion of the stuffing.Cover the stuffing with the dough and seal the edges properly.
Dust the ball with flour and with the sealed edge facing down, roll into a round shape as thin as possible.
Place a tawa on gas on medium heat. Once heated, add the Puran Poli and cook until small bubbles form on the top. Turn it over and cook the other side.
Serve hot with ghee.
Recipe by Simmer to Slimmer at http://simmertoslimmer.com/puran-poli-holige/