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Pooran Poli - Sweet LentilĀ Flatbread

March 27, 2013
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  • Makes 10 to 12
Author Notes

Kids love this dish! It is a stuffed bread filled with sweetened lentil mixture. It's best served warm or they taste great as leftovers also. Usually it is smothered with ghee but you can easily make it vegan by not using ghee. Hope you like it. —Devangi Raval

What You'll Need
  • For the dough
  • 2 cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3 Tsp oil
  • Lentil Stuffing
  • 1 cup of toor or Tuvar Dal)
  • 11/4 cup of Sugar or grated Jaggery
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel powder (optional)
  • pinch of saffron
  • ghee for serving (Do not use it if you are vegan)
  1. Soak the toor dal for about 1 hour and then drain it and pressure cook it with approximately 11/2 or 2 cups of water. Basically we want to boil the dal, either do it with a pressure cooker or in pot preferably with lid.
  2. Once the dal is cooked, drain excess water if and then mash it with a masher. Heat a pan , add mashed dal, sugar, cardamom powder and fennel powder. Keep cooking it and stirring it till the mixture becomes dry. As the sugar starts melting, the mixture would look liquid but if we continue stirring it for few minutes it will start coming together and dry out. once it comes together, remove it and make a nice soft ball. And, divide this mixture further into 10 or 12 small balls.
  3. On the other hand, take whole wheat flour, oil and salt and add water and knead well into dough. The dough should be soft and pliable. Cover it and leave it for few minutes.
  4. When we are ready to serve it. Divide this dough into equal portions and make 10 to 12 balls. Take the dough ball, flatten it with your plams and roll out a small round, place the dal ball in middle and seal it nicely taking all the edges of the dough. Remember not to leave air inside while sealing it or else when we would try to roll it , the dal mixture will ooze out. Flatten it slightly and roll out into 5 inches diameter, use flour to dust if you need .You can keep them thick or thin upto you. i like medium thickness.
  5. Heat a griddle or shallow pan, add the rolled out bread onto it. Let it cook on one side, when you see some bubbles on top , flip it and cook it another side. Press slightly with spatula in between. If you need flip it one more time and then drizzle or smear ghee or butter on it. Serve hot.

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2 Reviews

piggledy May 20, 2020
I am intrigued by this recipe. One question - perhaps it is my browser, but I cannot see how much water to add to the flour. Are we to reserve the water from the dal, or is it a separate measurement? Thank you for any response you are able to offer, I realize it has been some time since you posted the recipe.
nitya December 4, 2013
pooran poli is my weakness and i am thrilled to see it posted on food52.I prefer jaggery, and you can opt for soft brown sugar in place of plain sugar.a dash of nutmeg powder adds great flavor and taste.