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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Puran Poli with Katachi Amti (Indian Sweet Stuffed Bread)

I never thought I would try to make this at home, no never...But my rakhi brother who lives in Maharashtra was encouraging me enough to try my hand atleast once. He said it is Maharashtra's famous recipe and he will guide me to sail through. So with positive note I asked for recipe. He told me there are innumerous variations, some use Tuvar Dal others use Chana Dal. In fact some make the dough with whole wheat whereas some add all purpose flour. So you see no two recipes will sound same. So here I have followed the way his family makes at home. The stuffing is known as Puran and the outer cover is known as Poli. Puran poli is a famous Maharashtrian sweet dish  which is not served at the end of the meal but as a part of the main meal. Generally the puran poli is served with Katachi Amti, made from the left over stock of cooking chana dal. The plain jane Dal gets makeover by some spices, tanginess and sweet. I loved the flavours in it. Thanks brother for pushing me hard ;-)

To prepare Puran:-
1 cup Chana dal (split Bengal gram)
3/4 cup Jaggery
1 tsp Green cardamom powder
1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
2 tbsp Refind oil

To make Dough:-
1 cup Wheat flour
1 cup Flour
1 tbsp Ghee /Oil
Salt to taste

First wash and soak chana dal for 2-3 hours. Boil it in a pressure cooker with enough water if you want to make 'Katachi Amti' otherwise 2 cups is ok. I have used 4 cups water here as I served PuranPoli with Katachi amti. After 2-3 whistles, turn off the heat. Strain the cooked dal and reserve the water for later use. Once the lentil comes room temperature, grind it without adding water.

Heat pan on medium heat and cook jaggery and chana dal. Keep stirring regularly to avoid getting it burnt from bottom. Cook till the mixture become thick but not very dry. Add cardamom & nutmeg powder, mix well. Remove from heat and let this cool down. Our puran Poli stuffing is ready.

Now make dough by adding both the flours, oil, salt and mix well. Add water little by little to knead the dough, the end result should be soft, elastic dough.

 Smear a little oil over the dough and cover with a clingwrap. Keep aside for min 30 minutes.

Make 1 1/2 inch balls out of dough, take one ball at a time and flatten between your palm. Dust your kitchen counter and roll into 4 inch chapati then stuff 2 tbsp of puran (dal mixture). 

Seal and press between your palms.

 Now roll into 6 inch diameter roti with a rolling pin. Heat a pan and transfer a poli. Apply oil (1 tsp) on both sides and cook from both the sides (till some brown spots appear on both the sides).

 Remove and repeat the same process with the rest of the dough and stuffing. Serve hot with ghee or with Katachi Amti. My maharashtarian friends enjoy this with cold milk also.

Ingredients to make Katachi Amti:
* Make a paste of - (2-3 Garlic pods
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 inch Ginger
Dry coconut grated)

**Dry Roast -(4-5 Peppercorns
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
2 whole red chillies
2 Cloves) and make dry powder in grinder

1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tbsp Tamarind pulp
2 Curry springs
Few coriander leaves
Little bit of Sugar or jaggery if you want
2 tsp ghee

Boil the remaining water of cooked dal and mix * paste and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Add water if it is too thick. In a separate pan add just 2 tsp ghee for tempering, add mustard seeds, curry leaves.

 When they start crackling add the ** set of dry powder, red chilli and turmeric powder.Finally add the dal and give a quick stir. Add tamarind pulp, sugar (optional) and boil for 2-3 more minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with PuranPoli but I liked this with hot white rice also.

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  1. Yummy I saw the pic on the fb and the post in google reader at the same time. So I really enjoyed all the comments.

  2. looks yummy. My all time favorite. I knew it was puran poli when I saw pics on FB. But when I saw garlic and red chillies there, I was a bit doubtful... Now got it :)

  3. delicious combo and lovely clicks. I too like puran poli a lot this is visual treat for me :) lovely pictorial dear :)

  4. Puran poli with katachi amti,the name itself makes me hungry..Never had poli like this way.

  5. to have one now...

  6. Puran poli has come out very well.. Looks delicious...

  7. wow nice the poli with spicy side dish..

  8. Very interesting one. pooran poli with side dish. Nicely made

  9. unique combo,looks so delicious.

  10. wonderfully prepared...looks perfect dear

  11. Your puran poli and amti both came out super delicious and perfect. Amazing presentation.

  12. This is something new to me.. but loved the recipe Deepa :-)

  13. perfectly made puran polis..looks awesome..

  14. when you wanted to guess through FB...i was with two options...aaloo paratha or happy i guessed it! wonderful recipe...loved it

  15. i wish i can have all of that right now..feeling so hungry..yumm

  16. Poli looks so tempting and new for me to have it with side dish

  17. perfectly made...hats off to your patience

  18. Very very delicious poli, katachi amti is really new to me. Thanks for stopping by place and leaving a comment.
    You have great collection of receipes, I am happily following you. Will be very happy if you also follow me back.
    Thank you


  20. ki bhalo hoeche Deepa. amar khub khete ichhe korche akhon. ei simple but satisfying meal gulo kano je restaurant e paa jayna. sobsomoy banie khete hoy.

  21. Really yummy and delicious puran poli. Great pics too!

  22. I love the pic where the puranpoli has puffed up so beautifully. 'Obattu with obattu saaru' is a speciality in kKarnataka too - the amti looks similar. Never tried both together, must try.

  23. looks awesome and also like the presentation deepa..

  24. I love Puran Poli, but never thought of making it at home...this looks so inviting :-)

  25. o god, it's so yummy, I loved the puff good Deeps

  26. A sweet and spicy combination i guess.. Never thought of such a combo.. thanks for visiting my space..

  27. nice combination and perfect for festival...........

  28. Nicely done , amati looks delicious

  29. Delicious combination of amati and puranpoli.. Curry looks inviting!

  30. Wow! Such a lovely combination of puran poli and amatti Drooling over here! :)

  31. I am drooling over your amti and puran... Can I visit you now? Haha :-)

    Thanks Deepa for the recipes... Now I should have the courage and intent to try them...


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