Puranpoli or Ubbatti is a sweet traditionally prepared on the Full moon during Holi the festival of colours, or on Khojagiri or Sharat Poornima that is the Full moon following Navaratri . Folklore has it that it was prepared to appease the Moon God hence the shape and colour. The Puranpoli is so delicious that it is is well worth the effort that goes into making it. It is best enjoyed with fresh home made ghee/clarified butter.
- 250 gms chana dal/Bengal Gram
- 250gms jaggery
- 300 gms maida/all purpose flour
- 15 pods cardamom
- 5 tsps sugar
- 3 tbsps oil
- 3tbsps ghee
- A pinch of haldi/turmeric powder
Take the maida in a bowl. Make a well in it. Add the haldi and the oil and crumble it. Add enough water to make a soft dough. Add the ghee, knead it into the dough and keep it aside for two hours. Powder the Cardamom and sugar and keep it aside. Pressure cook chana dal. Puree it in the mixer. Make a syrup of the jaggery and add it to the pureed chana dal. Boil on a low flame till it starts leaving the sides of the pan. When touched it should not stick to the fingers. Add the Cardamom powder. Mix well and allow to cool. This stuffing is called Puran or churna. Make balls of the Puran. Knead the maida dough for a couple of minutes and make equal number of balls as that of the Puran. Roll the dough into a circle slightly smaller than a poori. Place the ball of Puran, enclose it with the dough and roll out into required size. Heat a tava/ skillet. Dry roast the Puranpoli on both sides to a golden brown. Enjoy with ghee.
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