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For the Base:
|All Purpose Flour
For the Stuffing:
||To cook & serve
|Plastic sheet or plantain leaf
||1 or 2
- Add all the dry ingredients for the base in a mixing bowl and mix well.
- Add water little by little and knead the flour to form a soft smooth dough
- Knead continuously for at least 3-4 minutes. More the dough is kneaded the softer the Poli will be.
- Coat the dough with oil preferably gingelly oil and cover it with a towel or cling wrap.
- Rest it for a minimum of 15-20 minutes. 30 minutes is ideal.
- For the stuffing, wash and soak chana dhal for 2-3 hours
- Pressure-cook it for 1-2 whistles in medium flame.
- To the blender add the cooked dhal (at room temperature), half of Grated coconut, Jaggery and cardamom and give it a quick grind so that everything blend together.
- Add the rest of the grated coconut and mix well.
- Make small lemon sized balls of it and set it aside.
- Take a plastic sheet and coat it with little oil.
- Make lemon sized balls of the dough and start working on each poli.
- Spread the dough to a small paratha by hand
- Add the Stuffing to the centre and pleat. Make sure that it is well sealed. Remove if there is any extra dough.
- Spread it to a paratha again, make sure that they are not too thick or thin.
- Heat the tawa and add the poli, Spread ghee on both the side.
- Cook well by flipping in constant intervals.
- Each poli takes around 3-4 minutes in low to medium flame to cook completely.
- Serve hot, Apply more ghee before serving.
Tips & Variation:
- I have used a sandwich bag to spread the poli, you can also use milk packets or plantain leaves to spread it.
- Gingelly oil tastes authentic, vegetable or sunflower oil can still be used.
- Tastes best when eaten fresh. Can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Chana dhal can be replaced with moong dhal as well. Soak moong dhal for 30 minutes and pressure-cook for 2 whistles in medium flame.
- Use Wheat flour and less ghee for healthier version, spreading wheat flour by hand will be a little difficult, rolling them is a better option.
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