Sweet Poli and Wishes for a Happy Pongal

Wishing you all a very Happy Pongal! Hope the milk and pongal has “pongified” in all homes with the Pongalo Pongal greetings!

Continuing with the Pongal recipes, Poli is a sweet that is prepared mostly on bohi(the day before pongal) or on Pongal day. Poli is almost like the cousin of aloo paratha…..The only difference is that the filling is not potato but a sweet filling of coconut, jaggery and chana dal.

A warm poli with a dollop of ghee on top is my favorite way to enjoy it.

Ingredients ( Makes 8 polis)

For the stuffing(Pooranam):
Chana dal- 1/2 cup
Jaggery- 1/4 cup
Grated Coconut- 4 tbsp
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp

For the parathas:
All purpose flour- 1 cup
Sesame oil- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt- a pinch

Other ingredients:
Ghee- 2 tbsp


Knead all purpose flour(maida), salt and turmeric powder with just enough water to make it like a thick dough. Pour 2 tsp of sesame oil on top, roll it well to coat on all sides. Cover and keep it aside for at least one hour.

Wash and Soak chana dal in water for 10 minutes. Boil it with water so that the chanda dal can be mashed well with a fork. Drain the water and keep aside.

Powder the jaggery well. In a blender jar,add jaggery, cooked chana dal(without water) and give it a quick pulse so that it mixes well.

Heat a non stick pan and add a teaspoon of ghee. Quickly stir fry the blended jaggery-chana dal mixture for a minute. Add the grated coconut and cardamom powder, stir for a minute. Switch off. Let it cool, the jaggery will thicken if it cools, so, don’t worry if jaggery is a bit runny. Make equal lemon sized balls.

Divide the all purpose flour dough prepared in the first step in to equal sized balls.

To make this poli, you cannot use the rolling pin, but you have to use your fingers to flatten it up. What I usually do is to wrap a cling film wrap on top of my round chapati roller base and proceed to flatten the polis(parathas). That way the dough and the filling will not stick to the base.

Take one measure of the dough ball and flatten it with your fingers lightly, keep a lemon sized stuffing in the middle. Cover the stuffing by wrapping it with the flattened dough. Slightly flatten it again. The poli dough will be very elastic so you can shape it easily.

Heat a non stick pan and transfer the poli to the pan. Add a dollop of ghee on the top and to the sides. When one side is cooked and turns golden in color, turn it over and wait till the both sides are golden brown in color. Proceed to complete other polis the same way.

Serve warm with a drop of ghee on top or as such at room temperature. Poli goes well with Vada’s or Sundal’s too, and they make a good snack together.

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6 Comments to “Sweet Poli and Wishes for a Happy Pongal”

  1. Thanks a lot for your wishes ruchika,wish you and your family a very happy pongal….i havent tried this sweet poli before though my mom used to make it ….its seems very delicious …..

  2. Thanks for dropping by Ruchika, I havent tried this sweet poli…it looks really delicious :)
    Happy Pongal!

  3. Priya says:

    Happy pongal wishes to u & ur family…i was planning to make poli but somehow i have missed it..delicious polis Sowjanya..

  4. notyet100 says:

    happy pongal,//poli looks yum

  5. Asha says:

    Holy Poli!!! Looks YUMMY. Wish I had some but I will resist and desist! ;D

    Enjoy, good wishes to you.

  6. Cham says:

    En Inniya Pongal Naal Vaazhtukal Sow! Ponginvittada? Hehe None is there to ask us!
    Enjoy the stuffed sweet paratha (poli) :)

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