Puran Poli/ Ghari Rotli
What is Puran Poli/ Ghari Rotli?
Puran Poli/ Ghari Rotli is an Indian Flatbread filled with sweetened cooked lentils and spices. It is usually prepared during festivals and special occasions. Lentils are cooked till soft and then spices and sugar or jaggery are added. This mixture is filled into a wheat or plain flour dough, rolled and roasted.
Famous in many parts of India during festivals, weddings, celebrations, etc, the flatbread varies a bit from state to state.
We generally use wheat flour dough. The stuffing is made from tuvar dal (split pigeon pea). We usually add sugar or jaggery and cook it with cooked Tuvar dal till it becomes like a thick paste. Spices like cardamom, nutmeg, saffron, fennel seeds are added. Known as Puran Poli, Ghari Rotli, Vedmi, Gujaratis like to enjoy it as a part of a main meal along with some kadhi, a green vegetable, ghee and rice. For my family it is a must to prepare Ghari Rotli during the Diwali festival. We love to make it for our New Year’s Day which falls immediately after Diwali.
Known as Bobbatlu, Bobbatu, Poli or Obbattu in some parts of Andhra Pradesh, the filling is made from cooked chana dal (Bengal gram) and jaggery along with spices like cardamom. Traditionally the dough is made from all purpose flour but these days people use half wheat and half plain flour or just wheat flour. I’m made to understand that Bobbatlu is generally offered to God during festivals. It is common to serve it during weddings and birthday ceremonies.
It is known as Bele Holige, Holige or Obbattu, the filling is made from chana dal and jaggery. Wheat flour is used for the dough. Here too it is served during special occasions like weddings or during Yugadhi/Ugadi. It is served as a dessert with ghee.
Boli or Obbattu is what it is called in Kerala. It is usually served during Onam as a part of the sadya or during weddings. The filling or puran is made from chana dal, jaggery, spices and coconut.
Goes by the name Puran Poli in Maharashtra, it is served during Ganesh Chaturthi, Akshaya Tritiya, Diwali, Holi, Gudi Padwa. The filling or the puran is made from chana dal and jaggery with spices added to it. The dough is usually made from wheat flour. It is either enjoyed on its own with ghee or as a part of a meal especially with Katachi Amti (flavored sour curry).
Call it Opputtu,Paruppu Poli, Obbattu,Boli, In Tamil Nadu too its made from chana dal and jaggery. Some add coconut too. Many make it for the Tamil New Year. It is usually served on its own with ghee.
Happy Father’s Day
A lot of importance, praise, appreciation, love and thought goes into celebrating Mother’s Day. However, I feel that Father’s Day has definitely drawn the short straw! It comes, cards are exchanged, gifts are bought and Father’s Day is over. Sadly, I feel that dads, papas, fathers, aboos, all over the world are less appreciated. My dad didn’t help my mum to change nappies, bathe us, clothe us when we were young but he did so many other things for us(my brother, sister and me). I know now times have changed. My son taking on a very active role in raising his two beautiful daughters, right from changing nappies, giving them a bath and cooking for the toddler.
From what I gather, I always cried when my dad would come home for lunch even though mum fed me before his arrival. So, while having his lunch with his right hand, his left hand would be busy pulling the string to my hammock like ‘godiyu’ so that I may fall asleep. Yes back then there were no cots for babies! It was a godiyu.
My dad had protected and provided us with whatever we required for our daily lives, right from school stuff to things we need at home. He protected us to the extend that we didn’t have to venture out to do things on our own. He may have not taught me how to sign a cheque book but he definitely taught us the value of money. Though he owned a toy shop, we were not allowed to pick any toy we liked. If we wanted something, we had to know what the price was and how many weeks of pocket money would it take to get it. So we were taught to buy our toys or reading books even though it was a family owned business.
We were taught not to horde, so no extra shoes, dresses or basically anything. If one pair of shoe became small or broke, then we got another pair. Dresses were replaced when they became small or old. New shoes, toys or dresses were bought on our birthdays, for Diwali and when my dad or uncle went on a business trip abroad. Maybe back then I may have not appreciated this system but now I just can’t buy things that I don’t need. I will think over for several days before I get to buying it. Its a good lesson I learnt as it makes me less materialistic. I don’t need the latest in fashion clothes, bags or shoes.
My Dad – always helping
My dad would always pack my sister and my bags when we would leave home to go to the boarding school. He would remember to buy everything from soaps to clothes for us. After a few years, he would even buy our sanitary pads and my sister and I would want to hide in a tiny hole feeling shy! But for him that was all normal. My dad, naturally has a tendency to help anyone who needs it.
Still Being A Dad
Now we all are in our 50s/60s but my dad still thinks of us as though we are kids. His usual questions to us will be “What do you need from here (London)? Do you need any money? Are you fine? Are you sure you don’t need anything?” That makes me feel so comfortable and secure. It is these small gestures that make dads the rock of Gibraltar. They have solutions to every life related questions or problems.
No one parent can handle the overall development of a child. A well balanced character of any child is developed by both parents. While mums are the hearts, dads are the minds. Mums do what the heart tells them and dads do what the mind tell them.
My special message to my dad: “I may not have told you often but, I’m the luckiest to have a dad like you. Love you so much and thank you for everything.”
My Dad’s Favorite – Puran Poli/ Ghari Rotli
When Jagruti of Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey requested some blogger friends to link up with her to celebrate Father’s Day, I knew what I was going to prepare. My dad, my late father in law and my hubby all love ghari rotli or puran poli. I think the word love is not enough. Whenever my mum would prepare it, my dad would insist that she leaves some filling or puran on the side to enjoy on its own. My grandfather would insist on having his own katori of ghee so he could dunk the rotli pieces in the ghee and enjoy it. Hubby loves it with kadhi. My father in law would always tell us to make khata meetha kadhi to go with it and extra ghee was a must. With so many memories connected to this sweet, sweet treat I had to make it to celebrate Father’s Day (in advance ;)).
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Ingredients Required For Puran Poli/ Ghari Rotli:
- Wheat Flour – Atta – use flour that we use for roti, paratha. Or use wheat pastry flour. Don’t use wheat flour meant for breads. Will need for making the dough and for dusting too.
- Water – to form the dough, also some to soak the saffron. Also need some warm water to soak the lentils and for cooking the lentils.
- Ghee – ghee is what gives puran poli its authentic taste. Required for the dough, for preparing the filling and also for serving.
- Tuvar Dal – toor dal, split pigeon peas, arhar dal.
- Saffron – for the filling.
- Sugar – for the filling.
- Cardamom Powder– elachi.
- Nutmeg Powder – jaiphal.
- Fennel Seeds – valiyari, saunf.
- Mace Powder – javantri
PURAN POLI/ GHARI ROTLI
FOR THE DOUGH:
- 2 cups wheat flour
- 2 tbsp ghee
- ¼ tsp saffron
- 2 tbsp hot water
- ¾ -1 cup water
FOR THE PURAN/ FILLING:
- 1 cup tuvar dal
- 1½ cup warm water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
- ¼ tsp mace powder
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 4-6 strands of saffron
- extra flour for dusting
- extra ghee for smearing and serving
PREPARATION OF FILLING/PURAN:
- Wash the tuvar dal in water 3-4 times.
- Soak it for ½ hour in the warm water.
- Put the dal with the water in a pressure cooker and let it cook over medium heat for 3 whistles. Let the pressure decrease on its own and then open the lid.
- Add sugar and fennel seeds to the dal mixture and let it cook over low heat.
- Stir the mixture frequently so that it does not burn at the bottom. Be careful when you stir the mixture as it might splatter and burn you. Use a long handle spatula or wooden spoon to stir.
- The mixture will begin to thicken. Cook it till it becomes really thick like a paste.
- If a spoon inserted in the middle of the mixture stands and doesn't fall, then the mixture is ready.
- Take the pan off the heat.
- Add cardamom, nutmeg, mace, saffron and ghee to the mixture or puran as its called and stir well.
- Let the puran cool down completely.
- Take about 3 tbsp spoonful of the mixture and make a ball. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You should get about 8 balls.
PREPARATION OF THE DOUGH:
- Soak the saffron in the hot water for 15-20 minutes.
- Put the flour in a bowl.
- Add ghee and rub it into the flour.
- Add the saffron water and the other measured water.
- Form a soft dough.
- Knead it till its smooth.
- Take some extra ghee and rub it over the dough.
- Cover the dough with a lid or cling film and let it rest for 30-60 mins.
PREPARATION OF PURAN POLI/ GHARI ROTLI:
- Heat a griddle, tawa or frying pan over medium heat.
- Divide the dough into 8 parts.
- Take one part of the dough and dip it in some extra flour.
- Using your fingers and thumb make a cup or basket like shape with the dough.
- Place the puran or filling ball in it and stretch the edges of the cup to cover the filling.
- Pinch the seams to seal.
- Flatten it slightly between your palms.
- Dip in the extra flour and gently roll it using a rolling pin into a 6" diameter circle.
- If need be use extra flour to roll it.
- Put the ghari rotli or puran poli on the hot tawa, griddle or frying pan and let it roast for 2-3 minutes or till light brown dots appear on it.
- Flip it over and let the other side cook till its done.
- Make sure both sides are roasted properly and the dough is not raw.
- Put the cooked rotli on a serving plate and smear it with some ghee.
- Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
- Serve hot ghari rotli with any green sabji and kadhi along with some extra ghee.
- Prepare the filling the previous day and keep it in the fridge if your fighting for time.
- Make sure the dough is soft and not hard. If it becomes hard then it will be difficult to roll the rotlis with the filling in it.
- If you want to serve piping hot rotlis, then prepare them all ahead of time and don't apply ghee to it. Just before serving let the roltis become hot on a griddle or tawa. Smear with ghee and serve.
- If you prefer less sugar then add less, however these ghari roltis taste the best with kadhi when they are sweet.
- Any left over filling will quickly disappear as it tastes good on its own.
- Some people make the puran in a microwave oven, I haven't tried it. You can try it making it in the micro.
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June 11, 2017 at 10:06 am
I love puran poli sny time…nice post on the occasion of Father's day
June 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm
What a beautiful tribute and I love the beautiful memories you have shared in this post. Puran poli is something my mother used to make a lot too.
June 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm
Mayuri, what a wonderful article, the same thoughts are of myself as well about my dad, I totally share all your views coincidentally. Oh, and your yummy and drool worthy Puran Poli pics are really tempting. In my home Khatti Mithi Kadhi is must with Puran Poli. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.
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June 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm
Mayuri- this is hubby's favourite so making it for father's day. I don't usually add fennel but will do so today.
June 20, 2017 at 10:39 am
Such a detailed post. Thanks for sharing 😍
April 10, 2021 at 11:54 pm
Puran Poli is my favourite festive dish. I love it . In Andhra we pour hot ghee leberally over it before serving. Every year during my visit to mom’s place I enjoy them I haven’t yet made them myself. Your recipe is tempting me to give it a try.
April 11, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Thank you so much Shobha, it seems the common factor whichever region the puran poli is made, is that it is served with a liberal amount of ghee. I remember as a kid going for weddings and we would get a small bowl of ghee on the side with the puran poli.
April 11, 2021 at 10:27 am
I liked this version of using tuvar dhall as base for the stuffing . Normally I am used to having tasted puran poli with channa dhall or coconut stuffing . I am sure the subtle sweetness and unique flavor of tivar dhall will add up to the taste of the melting and soft puran polis .
April 11, 2021 at 1:10 pm
Thank you Priya, I’ve tasted the chana dal one and I find it a bit dry whereas the toor dal one is moist. Perhaps I may feel that as I’ve grown up enjoying the toor dal one.
April 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm
Puran Poli/ holige is one of the popular sweets from Karnataka. It is delicious and makes a good festive treat anytime. The only thing is one needs a little practice to do it. Thats a nice post for your dad, we so love them.
April 13, 2021 at 7:17 pm
Thank you Jayashree, I learnt how to make them from my mum. I use to help her to roll little rotis, make the balls and slowly progressed to making it on my own from beginning to the end.
April 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm
Heard about puran poli but never tasted. Now I have a full proof recipe to try. Puran poli sounds so delicious. Soft paratha stuffed with cardamom, fennel, nutmeg, mace and saffron flavored sweet dal definitely taste awesome.
April 13, 2021 at 7:14 pm
Thank you so much Sujata. Please try the recipe. Its quite a treat.
April 12, 2021 at 5:31 pm
I love puran poli or ghari rotli as some people call it. Your puran puris look heavenly with all that ghee – it is making me hungry. I loved reading about your wonderful caring dad. Treasure him and keep telling him that you love him. Your post made me miss my dad.
April 13, 2021 at 7:13 pm
Thank you so much Mina. There are very few people who don’t like puran puri.
April 13, 2021 at 12:18 pm
Mayuri that is quite an ode to your father. So sweet and it brought tears to my eyes.
Ghari roti I love the name it’s so unusual and sounds so sweet.
Puran poli or holgi as we call it is a favorite at home and I love the use of toor dal to make it.will try next time.
April 13, 2021 at 7:09 pm
Thank you so much Archana, if some don’t call it ghari rotli meaning sweet rotli then the other famous name for it is vedmi. Third in line comes puran poli.
April 14, 2021 at 8:05 pm
Puran poli is my super favourite. Loved your version of ghari rotli and post dedicated to your father. It’s so sweet of you.
Puran polis have turned out perfect and look so tempting.
April 14, 2021 at 11:10 pm
Thank you so much Lata.
April 13, 2021 at 1:25 pm
This looks simply amazing, Mayuri. I love puran poli but have never made one, I must give this recipe a try. And I totally agree with you about Father’s Day, although these last few years, it has got a bot more traction here in the UK.
April 13, 2021 at 7:07 pm
Thanks Azlin, please do try the recipe. Here in Kenya, I guess there is not much hype about Father’s Day as a lot of mums bring up the kids on their own.
April 14, 2021 at 10:53 pm
Puran Poli is always dear to my family. Lentils stuffed one is best because of its nutrition and protein. This looks amazing!
April 14, 2021 at 11:09 pm
Thank you so much Uma.
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April 15, 2021 at 11:42 pm
Being a Gujju myself puran poli so close to my heart. I have not heard about Ghari rotli, we call it Vedmi or vedhmi in our family. I Must make some as we haven’t had for ages.
April 16, 2021 at 2:49 pm
Thanks Jagruti, I know most of the Patel Community here refer to it as ghari rotli.
April 16, 2021 at 10:19 pm
We Maharashtrians make Puran Poli on almost all the festivals and special occasions. Loved your version of ghari totli using tuvar dal. Such a sweet gesture on Father’s day !
April 16, 2021 at 11:29 pm
Thank you so much Poonam.
April 17, 2021 at 12:53 pm
I have tried making puran poli with chana dal stuffing but never with tuvar dal. You have made the poli so perfectly. Thanks for all the stepwise photos instructions, I will try making this polis next time using your tips as mine sometimes get cracks in them.
April 18, 2021 at 12:35 pm
Thank you so much Sapana. The dough has to be supple to avoid cracks.
April 24, 2021 at 4:08 am
Such a healthy and delicious puran poli. Toor dal filling and whole-wheat crust sounds so nutritious. Thank you for sharing this traditional recipe with us.
April 24, 2021 at 10:16 pm
Thank you so much Pavani, would not call it healthy as the filling has sugar, but it definitely is a wonderful festival time treat.
April 26, 2021 at 11:07 am
It is true we associate certain recipes with the people we love. I love the way you have written so fondly about your dad. I am sure your puran poli is the best treat ever for him.
April 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm
Thank you so much Seema. Yes if you ask him what sweet we should make and it always is puran poli.