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Scrumptious Puran Poli Recipe to Brighten Your Festive Celebrations

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Scrumptious Puran Poli Recipe to Brighten Your Festive Celebrations

Scrumptious Puran Poli Recipe to Brighten Your Festive Celebrations

Here’s a recipe that comes from my paternal grandmother for puran poli. It is a Marathi recipe from Pune for a dish that most would consider a dessert. It is eaten around holidays, celebrations, and just because it tastes so good!


  • 2 small wati (small bowls) of chana dal
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 4 wati gul (jaggery) (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 3 tsp ghee
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom


  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp  oil
  • Warm water as needed



1. Take a pressure cooker, put your chana dal inside and rinse the dal a couple of times so the water runs clear and not murky. When done rinsing, add 4 times the amount of water than dal present in the pressure cooker.

2. Cook inside the pressure cooker until dal softens (about 8 whistles). Drain the water into a bowl you’ll use later.

3. Cut jaggery into finely cut flakes. Add jaggery to the chana and mix well.

4. Cook the mixture in a pan, add your nutmeg and cardamom. Mix everything well.

5. Turn off the heat and set aside.


1. Mix all above ingredients listed for poli except the warm water.

2. Add warm water as needed and hand mix the ingredients until a dough forms and can be kneaded easily without sticking to your hands.

3. When this happens, add a teaspoon of oil, knead it through, cover it and set aside for 10 minutes.

4. Continue to the steps listed below.

Combining Puran & Poli: 

1. Make small balls of the dough (it should be smaller than the palm of your hand when semi-flattened).

2. Gently press the middle of the flattened dough to form a cup shape. Make sure the bottom does not get too thin.

3. Make a ball of the dal mixture, almost double in size of the dough balls your have.

4. Place your dal ball into the center of the dough cup shape you have.

5. Pinch the tops of the dough ball to cover the dal mixture, then smooth out the pinches so you have the dough smoothly covering the dal ball.

6. Flatten your new ball.

7. Using a rolling pin, roll out the ball to make a circle with a thicker middle and thinner edges, although not too thin.

8. Take a frying pan, place your ghee on the pan and fry the poli on either side. You’ll see brown spots on the poli which will let you know it is done.

9. Serve with ghee and powdered sugar if you’d like!

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