Tamil New Year - Puran Poli / Obbattu

Iniya Tamizh Puthaandu Nalvaazhthukkal Happy Tamil New Year. Sorry I have no idea about the significance and rituals, but it is all about new beginning!  Next time I visit India shalll try to dig into in elders brain to get into the roots, as of now all I remember is dad doing long pooja (prayer) and mum cooking all good food! As kids my sis being responsible helped mum in cooking and I was forced to help dad for prayer preparation and dad is a perfectionist, I will be assigned to do all the annoying work (you know 2nd assistant work). While all going on in full swing I usually sneak out to play with doggie, my mum not being happy used to say "stop playing and concentrate on God so that you could study well" Dang! I will be left speechless do the necessary. 

Special food that will be usually prepared are puran poli's, pachadi (raw mango, jaggery, tamarind  and neem flowers not my fav coz of neem flowers, mum will force it into our throats!). We fast till pooja/offerings are done, contentment of food we get after long wait is supreme. Again I'm missing all these fun here! When mum was here with me, she made puran polies as it is in my top listed favourites, she makes the best according to me, neither did I want to miss a chance to note it down. So here is the recipe do enjoy. Mum jaan has stored in the freezer for me i'm going to enjoy my share :D

Forgetting not, THANKS TONS all you lovely people for encouraging words regarding my PhD it DID rise my confidence level and motivated me. Love ya! 

                                                            This dry the cooked dhal should be

                                  This is how stuffing should be after dhal mixed and cooked with Jaggery

PS. Original recipe demands Jaggery, due to availabilities I used palm sugar, which is one reason why my polies are bit pale in colour!

For stuffing
150 gram dry Channa dhal
150 - 175 gram Jaggery / Palm sugar (you change sweetness accordingly, we like them just there, not real sweet so we opted for 150 gram)

Cook Channa dhal till is soft and dry (not soggy). (Important point here add water just for it to cook, less amount than when making normal dhal)
Once it is cooked, still hot, smash it very well and let them to cool.
In a heavy bottom pan, add Jaggery and let them slowly melt (Just in case if they don't melt evenly, add may be few table spoon of water which helps to melt faster)
Once jaggery is in running consistency, slowly add in cooked dhal and keep stirring.
Soon after both jaggery and dhal is mixed they will appear in liquid form, don't worry, keep stirring on medium or low heat, till water evaporates and they become like soft soggy dough. Now let it cool in refrigerator for a while so it hardens.

For outer dough.
250 gram Mida
1 tbspn of Ghee (clarified butter)
Pinch of salt
Required water ( Dough should be smiliar to dough for roties/ chapatti )

Knead the dough for while, so it become more elastic and super soft.

Now make balls from channa dhal and jaggery mixture, desired size.
Similar make balls from mida dough, one size larger.
Next roll mida dough to small disc, to fit in the dhal stuffing.
Enclose the stuffing inside the mida dough and very carefully seal the outer surface.
Use some dry mida and the rolling pin to roll the puran polies to larger disc, not too thin, very carefully. Use enough amount of dry mida it to prevent sticking to the surface.
Cook the rolled puran polies on preheated skillet, use oil or ghee according to your taste till it cooked on the surface and they slowly starts to char.

Serve it hot with ghee/clarified butter!

Note, mida quantity depends on how think or thin you want the outer layer to be. So mida quantity may vary according to your choice. 


aipi April 14, 2011 at 7:50 AM  

Divine pics- I just couldn't stop scrolling up n down!
One of the most perfectly made puran polis I have seen so far- Happy festivities!
US Masala

lubnakarim06 April 14, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

Awesome pics.....love those traditional clicks....very nice....puran poli is my favorite one....looks gorgeous and yum......happy festival dear....

Nithya April 14, 2011 at 8:29 AM  

Beautiful pictures. Gives the festive look :)

Iniya puthaandu nalvazhtukkal :)

Indian Khana April 14, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

Wish you n family Happy New Year too...polis has come so well....fab pics ...can't stop drooling

Unknown April 14, 2011 at 9:05 AM  

Lovely clicks...looks too gud. Poli is my fav

Padhu Sankar April 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM  

Puran poli looks perfect.As usual nice pictures

Nandita SS April 14, 2011 at 10:16 AM  

Every detail of the scene has been captured to perfection. Loved all of your clicks. The puran polis look perfect. Great post!!!

Treat and Trick April 14, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

Such a perfect and yummy dish. Your clicks tempting me to grab that platter now. Happy Tamil New Year to you and family!

Priya Suresh April 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM  

Stunning clicks, ur polis looks super prefect and looks out of the world..Happy Tamil New year wishes dear..

Sanjeeta kk April 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

How pious and serene the post look! Love the Puran polis with all the illustrations.

Priya Sreeram April 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

visual treat really ! wishes to u n family !

Vimitha Durai April 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM  

Lovely clicks and my all time favorite poli looks delish...

My Kitchen Antics April 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM  

is it the same as malayali Vishu???
I must tell you, your pics are superb love love love all of it..you should do a guest post for me some time:)
I love poli, just that I dont get it anywhere here and I dont think il do a good job making it :(

My Kitchen Antics April 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM  

is it the same as malayali vishu????
I love love love all ur pics..esp the white background ones are superb. You should do a guest post for me some time :)
I love poli and that stack in the first pic is making me droooool. Think of poor souls like us when you dig into those ok??? :)

Nandinis food April 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM  

Happy Tamil New Year...Puran polis came out very perfect...

Suji April 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM  

Happy tamil new year wishes Ananda, Everything looks divine and i love poli, that stack makes me drool here...

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy April 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM  

Happy New Year Ananada.Wish you lots of success and happiness.That picture with incense sticks burning stole my heart.And u have a beautiful pooja thali.So so beautiful.I never made puran poli but ate a lot during my Pune days.It was served as sweet dish in our office lunch.After seeing your post, I suddenly want it :)

Foodie Ann April 14, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

Delightful photographs...Wish you a Happy Tamil New Year...:) This looks like what i call as Boli...

Torviewtoronto April 14, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

yummy looking puran poli
happy new year

Prathima Rao April 14, 2011 at 7:52 PM  

Happy new year to u too!!! Puran poli looks fantastic...I simply sat & stared at the amazing pics!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Suja Manoj April 14, 2011 at 8:24 PM  

Happy New Year!Looks divine..loved all the clicks.

Unknown April 14, 2011 at 9:17 PM  

Happy New year Ananda!...U r having a blast with those yummy looking puran polis!!...they look amazing, I am sure they taste the same too!
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com April 15, 2011 at 12:34 AM  

stunning photos.

Had to laugh at you escaping to play with the dog. :-)

Those look lovely - I've yet to get round to even attempting to make dahl !

Pavithra Elangovan April 15, 2011 at 2:16 AM  

Puthaandu vazhthukal Ananda.. Absolutely divine pictures, super polis.. lovely shots..what not nothing to say.. everything at its best.

Swathi April 15, 2011 at 7:16 AM  

Wish you happy tamil new year. Puran poli looks awesome. Love them.

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen April 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM  

Our neighbors used to make this all the time in India. Used to love it! Happy new year Ananda. Neattt job!

Binys Recipes April 15, 2011 at 10:54 AM  

wow the polis are superb....cud i ever get it that thin...i usually add some nutmeg or cardamom powder.
loved the use of inncence....pics are superb

Mehjabeen Arif April 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

love the poli.. wonderful picture..

new to ur blog n happy to follow for more wonderful recipes..

do visit me when u get time dear..

Suman Singh April 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New year, Ananda!
Puran poli looks lovely, decadent and amazing! Love your version, it sounds so authentic and delicious..I want to try it soon..Thanks!

Angie's Recipes April 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM  

Those flat bean bread look so wonderful! I love it.

chow and chatter April 15, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

lovely recipe and happy Tamil new year :-)

Nisha April 16, 2011 at 12:17 AM  

Happy New Year.

Bumped upon your blog today . Just loved going though your posts. See you again.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) April 16, 2011 at 12:50 AM  

looks amazingly mouthwatering..tempting n yummy..can't tk my eyes off the drool worthy n eyecatcy pics...mind-blowing...
First time here..u hv a wonderful space..visit mine as time permits..FOLLOWING Uuuuuuu

Afsal_ Alif April 16, 2011 at 1:19 AM  

Haappy Tamizh New year which symbolizes the starting of the agricultural season......

Aruna Manikandan April 16, 2011 at 8:10 AM  

poli looks yummy....
gorgeous clicks :)

Anna Johnston April 16, 2011 at 3:58 PM  

Very beautiful photos Ananda, and lovely sentiments too. happy new year to you my friend xx

Suparna April 16, 2011 at 4:19 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog :) hope to see u more often.
Loved ur blogs and pics, keep up the good work. Hope you had a wonderful celebration, the puran polis look heavenly.

veena April 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM  

Again and again i come back to your blog to see all those awesome clicks.......poli with its pale colour is too good. I think from now i will replace jaggery with palm sugar:-)

Jayanthy Kumaran April 16, 2011 at 8:36 PM  

awesome....looks divine..
Tasty Appetite

Fathima April 16, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

The polis look fabulous! and pictures are as good as ever!

Simplyfood April 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM  

Amazing pics looks so very delicious.

Jayanthy Kumaran April 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

wow..wat a feast to eyes...awesome..hope you had a great time dear..
Tasty Appetite

Devaki April 17, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

Dear Ananada - I had such a smile on my face the minute I read PURAN POLI - Is there anything that makes usmoer nostalgic than these dal and jaggery filled polis...love love lvoe them and you have brought back so many childhood memories, I can't even begin to tell you...especially those of Ma's masala milk that we used to love with it!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

MaryMoh April 18, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

Happy New Year, Ananda! I thought it quite amusing how you were asked to help around when you were young. I was in the same boat, too! Your flat bread looks very delicious. Would be very good with curry...mmmm

Sarah Naveen April 18, 2011 at 6:42 PM  

Hope you had a great day!!
awesome awesome clicks gal!!

29999 April 18, 2011 at 7:07 PM  

Un délice ! Je mets dans mes recettes à tester ! Bisous et bonne fin d'après-midi !

C&G April 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM  

Love the photos, specially the one with the incenses. And bread looks delicious! Giorgia & Cyril

Srivalli April 20, 2011 at 3:35 AM  

Pictures are stunning! You have captured them so beautifully..and I wonder how you managed not to eat them off right away clicking all those pictures..LOL..:)

Joyti April 20, 2011 at 7:40 AM  

Happy belated Tamil New Year. The pics are GORGEOUS, I love the way you chose to over-expose them a bit, that whiteness really works with these shots.

Ushnish Ghosh April 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

Dear Ananda
How are you? It is Bengali new year day too. I love Puran Poli , in fact I can make it now too after many failures ( like tunning fork experiments in physics lab , where the string never used to be in tune with the fork, ha ha ).
I noted some finer aspect of this poli making. Thanks
So with lot of Pep mails, you have increased your entropy level quite high..I can see ..so get going full blast!
Have a nice day

Catherine April 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

Awww a belated Happy Tamil New Year! Wonderful photos, as always :) your blog always lifts my mood, thank you!

Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear April 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

Soooooo beautiful, Ananda - I swear you are an artist with that camera... you make me drool in anticipation!

Unknown April 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

I am competely in love with your stunning pictures!
I would love to do click like yours!
So invidious about that!:))
Have a nice day!! Barbaraxx

Soma April 25, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

beautiful photos,esp the one with the smoke of the incense stick. I am not too fond of puranpoli :-) You have made it look good enough for me to pick one roll it up and eat it!

Reshmi Mahesh April 25, 2011 at 9:53 PM  

Excellent pictures...Puranpoli looks awesome...

Alessandra April 26, 2011 at 2:11 AM  

So lovely, your photos are beautiful!


vandana rajesh April 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

Beautiful pics and the puran polis are truly mouthwatering.

Choclette April 26, 2011 at 9:43 PM  

Wishing you a rather belated New Year. These sound super delicious. I love the idea of using dahl and jaggery together.

Unknown April 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

incredible pics of some incredible polis :) LOVE this!

Neenu M N April 29, 2011 at 5:41 AM  

oh my fav fav sweet snack/dish ever....My mom kakes them..reminds me of the days f my childhood...while retrng bk frm school..these cardomom sweet smell all over our drawing room and i will be running into the kitchen to grab some...aah..I jst love them...

Hamsi June 3, 2011 at 3:46 AM  

Awesome pics. Just can stop staringg at your recipes. Puran poli is so yum and am speechless.

Tanx for sharing.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

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