Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sweet Poli ~ Ugadi Special!

Ugadi meant Poli for me for many years. Yes, Amma used to make Poli only on Ugadi day as it is an elaborate process and she used to make for our neighbors and friends. I have always helped her in making these Sweet Poli. I used to love these so much and it was surprising that I never got around blogging on this favorite Indian Sweet, so special to Andhra. Of course, now I know it's common to all states. But all of us want to think of it as our very own, right. While it was the custom to make Polis specially for Ugadi, at my in-laws place, all and any festival is marked by making Poli and an unique combination. Athamma makes Vankaya Urlagadda Kura (Brinjal Potato Curry) as a combination for the Sweet Poli. I must say it goes quite well.

And as usual, this Ugadi too was the same at home. I didn't want to post our ugadi lunch as its the same lunch that we prepare for all festivals. Though we might be preparing these separately on other days, for any festival, these items are paired together. We planned the previous day for the pooja preparations. Though we had everything done on time, as hubby was held up at office we couldn't get it done on time as planned. So I was really exhausted and didn't have the energy for a photo sessions. So only have the polis to share with you.

Polis, always brings back those wonderful memories of childhood. I can still remember the many occasions, when I have waited patiently for Amma to finish her pooja, before I could enjoy this. This dish is very special and we take extra care to get it the right texture and taste. The rolling out of the dough can be done in the banana leaf or plastic paper. In those days, the dal filling was ground in the stone grinder or Rubbu Rayie, as it was called. Now since we don't have the convenience of that, we grind the purnam in the mixer. Even Athamma used to make it only in that stone at her place, so she doesn't know about making it in the Mixer. So its surely falls on me to get the whole thing done.

We get the dough made much in advance and let it rest for atleast 2-3 hours. Amma used to leave it covered with wet muslin cloth, whereas Athamma would have lot of oil on it and allow it to get soft. I make it both the ways depending on my mood.


Sweet Poli ~ Ugadi Special

Ingredients Needed

For Dough
All purpose Flour / Maida - 3 cups
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt a pinch
Oil - 1/2 cup

For the Dal filling

Bengal Gram / Channa Dal - 2 & 1/2 cups
Jaggary - 2 & 1/2 cups (Can add more if you want it to be sweeter)
Cardamom powder a pinch

Oil for frying

Method to prepare:

For the dough


Take the maida in a big bowl, where its easy to mix well. Add a pinch of salt, turmeric and mix well. Slowly add the oil to the flour and rub well. If you prefer ghee, you can add the same amount. Then add water slowly to get a soft pliable dough. Knead well. The consistency should not be sticky but rather very loose but soft. This needs to be kneaded well Add some more oil on the top and let it rest for about 2-3 hrs. Alternatively you can cover it with wet muslin cloth. Amma always adds turmeric to give it a nice yellow colour.


For the Dal filling

Wash and soak the Bengal Gram for minimum 15 mins. Then pressure cook it with enough water to get soft dal.

Normally we get two varieties of jaggary, one type will have lot of impurities in it. So we grate and cook it in water and sieve the impurities before adding to the dal.

Add this jaggary to the cooked dal and pressure again. This will make both the dal and jaggary well mixed.


Once its cooled, grind to a smooth consistency but though not like a paste. Most times, the water content will be more, this can be handled by sauteing this dal paste in a pan. Heat the pan, and add the dal paste. Sauté to remove the water content. But keep an eye to make sure it doesn't get burnt. You will know its ready when the paste starts coming off the pan. We also need to make sure its not too dry.

Divide into equal balls to be stuffed into the dough.


Heat a tawa and simmer it so that its hot by the time you have the poli rolled out. Smear oil everytime before placing the uncooked poli. This way it will not get struck to the pan.

Smear oil on the banana leaf or the plastic sheet, which ever you are using. Take a portion of the dough, spread it on the plastic paper and place the dal filling in middle. Cover it with the dough, remove the excess dough.

Add oil, and using fingers, slowly spread them out. This will get spread well, provided the dal filling is little soft and not too dry. And the maida dough has to be elastic.


Once you have the poli spread to the correct size, holding the plastic cover in the left hand, lift and remove the poli and place on the hot tawa. Sprinkle oil around the sides and let it cook on one side before flipping to the other side.

Traditionally, we spread ghee on each poli after removing it from the tawa. Allow it to cool on a plate before storing it in a box.

This can stay good for about a week when stored in fridge. Microwave before eating.


Allow it cool for a while. This stack of polis are a great attraction for kids. My konda loves polis and the days I make this, she only has this and nothing else for lunch or dinner, at times she even has it for breakfast. That is her love for this sweet dish. Since this is the only dish she loves that I know of, I just allow her to indulge.

When I came across Barbara's LiveSTRONG Event, I knew I had to support. When I saw my polis in Yellow colour, I knew I had to sent her this. So this is my entry for Barbara's LiveSTRONG - A Taste of Yellow.

Barbara, kudos to you and your great work!

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26 comments :

jayasree said...

Valli, lovely detailed description of making polis. We call this uppittu and make exactly the same way except that wheat flour is used in place of maida.

Barbara said...

This is wonderful. I would love to try this dish.Thank you for supporting LiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow.

Happy cook said...

Why is it always delicious things so difficult to make.
I have never had these, but after blogging I have seen them in lot of places.
You exhausted , must be kidding.
I always think you are a superwoman :)

ANJALI J. said...

sweet poli looks yummy, i too had tried to make poli on ugadi but it didnt come out well. but i dint knw polis are also made of maida.
my polis didnt come out well, maybe cos i used wheat flour, no idea.

kamala said...

All time favourite at my home.I too made for ugadi.

Sia said...

the end result is worth for all that hard work goes into making them:) beautiful stack of poli valli. i am seriously drooling.

Nags said...

i love polis! and u are one active woman! i stay from the internet for 5 days and u have 5 posts!! amazing!!

Nags said...

u are one active lady! i stay away from the internet for 5 days and u have 5 posts up!!

btw, i love polis :D

Cham said...

The last one , polis seating in banana leave are really in traditionnal way... They are gorgeous Siri. Great entry for the event :)
For ur MW cake, seriously, the MW didn't have the grill and bake option but i do have a conventi oven and oven. Can i make it in conven oven Siri ?

Kalai said...

Perfect looking polis! :)

AnuZi said...

I always thought that Puran polis were really hard to make. I remember my mom and grandma sitting around gossiping and sharing stories for hours while making these. Or maybe they wanted to take that long to make it ;o) Either way man your's look amazing!!

Namratha said...

Wow Valli, Polis are perfect. I love them too, this time decided to make something else instead of Polis. :) Yours is a very interesting recipe.

Padmaja said...

Valli!! love those sweet polis!! I used to think its such a lengthy process to make these but you make everything sound so easy!!!
They look so delicious!! Still working on my dosas, will definitely come up with a lastminute one!!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW....My mom also makes it in the same way.... loved to see this....I also made it for Ugadi but forgot to click it.....Anyways nice to see urs....

Uma said...

wonderful stack of polis. the hard work worth the taste. Yum!

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Sree,
Bobbatlu chala bagunnayi. Chala kasta padali kada avi cheyataniki. Photos chusthuntene vakati thinalani vundi. Meeku chala opika.....Thanks for sharing.

cheers
rajani

Meera said...

Loved your polis!! Delicious

Richa said...

the stack of poli's look so good, they are my fav :)

ranji said...

hi srivalli....i love puran poli...whenever we go to india we get packet full of these back here to usa...:)

Dee said...

neat descriptions sri!! Love the detailed version, Polis are a lot of hard work for me, so I avoid making them , Now Im tempted to try them in my kitchen!!

Vani said...

They look delicious, Sri! Interesting how we always associate food with festivals, isn't it?

Jayashree said...

Looks perfect, Sri....I love poli any time of the day...

Srivalli said...

jayasree, thank you..yes we too make it with wheat flour at times..but then its not like maida right

Barbara, glad you liked this..thanks for hosting

HC, I too always thought so....hey you should try this then..its a must!..hahah..you are way too sweet..but then I am human too!..

Anjali, actually its easy to do with wheat flour, with maida its little difficult..it can also be done as the regular stuffed parathas too..

kamala, good to know that...post it sometime..will love to check out your way!

Sia, good..thanks..and yes for this sweet indulgeance I can do it many times

Nags, hahha..was wondering abt you..yes you had gone to your native right..met our dear friend there?..

Cham, thanks ..and abt cakes, you can make it in conven too..

Kalai, thank you!

AnuZi, hahha..they are ..and its also true abt what you say...we also used to do the same..mom and me..:)...but with little practice you can do it quite fast

Namratha, thank you..looking fwd to check out your dish

Padmaja, thank you...yeah they are quite a process but I guess if you do them so many times as I end up doing these ..it may not be so...

looking forward to your dosas

Sukanya, oh great to know..maybe next time you will click it??

Uma, yep..well said!

Rajani, Thank you so much..its so nice to read in telugu..but sorry I am so bad in writing teluglish!...:)

Meera, Richa, thank you..glad you like these

ranji, oh is it?..thats really nice to know..but i am sure now it must be available over there too

Dee, thats really good...looking forward to your version

Vani, very true..I guess our culture is tuned that way!

Jayashree, me too!

SMN said...

Valli even i did the same thing.. urs luks nice..

Kamini said...

I have never dared tried to make polis, but with your detailed step-by-step instructions and photos, I might just give it a try!
Kamini.

SHUBHA said...

wow..... amazing boli....i just love it.... u made my mouth water now... hehe....

do check my blog too n give ur comments

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