Vegetarian Concoctions

January 31, 2007


Filed under: Indian, Jaggery, Pongal, Sweets and Desserts, Tamilnadu, Toor Dal — Hema @ 10:41 am

I had made poli on bhogi, the first day of pongal. A good friend read out the recipe from her Samaithu paar (cook and see) part I by Meenakshi ammal. I have made poli before, but I always had problems working with the maida. Hoping to get a better result this time, I heeded the book’s advice of adding all that oil that it recommended to make it more workable. The dough worked well but the filling was not upto the expectations. Why?  because, the recipe suggested that the chana dal be cooked well and then the excess water removed. Smart that I thought I was, I cooked the dal in minimum water and didnt realize that some portions of the dal though cooked, remained hard until it was too late to go back and correct it.


For the filling:

Uncooked chana dal – 1 cup

Jaggery – 1 cup (I used less since we prefer  it that way)

Cardamom – 1 tsp

Ghee – 2 tsp (The recipe did not list ghee. Just my choice)

For the dough:

Maida – 2 cups

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric – a pinch

Sesame oil – almost 1/3 cup

Water enough to make a soft dough

The method is same as what you would find here or here.

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Filling cooked to the right consistency (Click to expand)

The verdict: The poli was actually pretty good since the grinder did a good job of hiding my stupidity. The next time, I will try adding some atta alongwith the maida.



  1. I love this too!I am making my own easy version for Shiv Ratri.Looks yummy!:))

    Comment by Asha — January 31, 2007 @ 11:03 am

  2. Hee, hee…so you didn’t go by the book 🙂
    But the poli looks delicious anyway, so “alls well that ends well”
    Your last chutney post looked yummy too…

    Comment by sandeepa — January 31, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  3. poli are looking sis also do in the same way..

    Comment by swapna — January 31, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

  4. Hi Hema — the poli look wonderful! I can only aspire 🙂

    Comment by outofthegarden — January 31, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

  5. Next time I am going to try with Maida. From your pictures it doesn’t look like you had any problems 🙂

    Comment by Krithika — February 1, 2007 @ 10:05 am

  6. Have done poli before but didn’t turn out well.. guess i will try it again using this recipe soon.

    Comment by prema — February 1, 2007 @ 11:01 am

  7. Yours must be the most mouth watering site I have visited in recent times, Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Suresh Gundappa — February 2, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

  8. Delicious!!!!! We call it puran poli 🙂 Lovely presentation!!! 🙂

    Comment by Coffee — February 4, 2007 @ 3:18 am

  9. Hi Hema,

    I think this is my first time here! Your poli looks delicious! Reminds me of my mom’s polis (we call it obbattu or bobbattlu at home). I am not to great at makign sweets so wish I could just have soem form your plate 🙂

    Comment by Latha — February 7, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

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