Gudi Padvyachya Shubhechha
As the celebration begins in Maharashtra, let’s take a sneak peek about this Hindu Festival of New Year called as Gudi Padwa.
To mark this new year, many Maharashtrain families hoist a colourful Gudi which is made by placing a Kalash on top of a stick with a nice piece of cloth installed atop doors & windows. According to Hindu mythology, Gudi is installed to celebrate the victory of good over evil. People worship Gudi on this day and also do a lot of preparation to welcome New Year.
This auspicious occasion is also considered to buy new things or starting new projects.
From cleaning the house, shopping, decorating the main door,installing the Gudi, worshipping the Gudi to preparing delicious Gudi Padwa Feast like Puran Poli, Shrikhand,Gulab Jamun & other Mithais, all the rituals signify the sweet experiences of life. Isn’t it 🙂
People do invite each other for relishing the feast together.
With lots of work in hand, making sweets at home with all your love is a courageous task!
What best it could be to get the famous Maharashtrain recipe- Puran Poli, just at a click.
So here’s the recipe, just for you. Get ready to hear the compliments.
Puran poli is a flat bread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from skinned chana dal/spilt bengal gram and jaggery.
Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml
- 1 cup powdered jaggery
- 1 cup chana dal/skinned spilt bengal gram
- 3 cups water for pressure cooking the chana dal
- 2 tsp ghee
- 1 tsp fennel/saunf powder
- ¾ to 1 tsp dry ginger powder/saunth
- ½ tsp cardamom powder or 4-5 cardamoms crushed finely
- ¼ tsp nutmeg powder/jaiphal powder
- For outer covering: 1.5 cups whole wheat flour/atta + ½ cup all purpose flour/maida (or you can also use 2 cups whole wheat flour instead)
- 1 tsp oil or ghee
- ½ tsp salt or as required
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi (optional, to give a faint yellow color to the poli)
- water as required to knead the dough
- oil or ghee as required for frying the puran poli
- Rinse the chana dal first very well in water. Soak for 30 minutes to one hour and then drain the water.
- Cook the chana dal in pressure cooker for 6 to 7 whistles. Once the pressure settles down on its own, strain the cooked dal. The dal has to be strained well.
- Heat ghee in a pan and add the dry ginger powder, nutmeg powder, cardamom powder and fennel powder. Saute for few seconds.
- Add the chana dal and jaggery, stir and let this puran mixture cook on a low flame till the mixture becomes dry.
- Keep on stirring the puran mixture at intervals.
- Once the puran stuffing becomes thick and dry, switch off the flame.
- After it becomes cool, then mash the puran mixture with a potato masher or use your mixer to mash. Keep this aside.
For preparing the poli dough:
- Take whole wheat flour, all purpose flour/maida and salt in a bowl mix well.
- Add a little bit of water and ghee and mix. Knead the dough by adding water as required.
- The dough should be smooth and soft. Cover and keep aside the dough for 15-20 minutes.
Making the Puran Poli:
- Take a medium or large size ball from the dough. Roll it 2-3 inches in circumference on a dusted rolling board.
- Place a portion of Puran mixture in the center of the rolled dough.
- Bring the edges together towards the center and join all the edges and pinch them.
- Sprinkle some flour and start rolling the dough.
- Make a medium or large circle (poli) as depending upon the size of the dough and puran filling you took.
- On a heated tawa or griddle, spread some ghee. Place the rolled poli/dough circle on the tawa.
- When one side gets browned, turn over and cook the other side till you see some brown spots.
- Once the second side gets browned, then turn over and apply ghee. If everything is done properly then puran poli will puff up. The poli should be cooked well with brown spots.
- Stack all the poli’s in a casserole or in a kitchen napkin.
- You can serve puran poli warm or at room temperature with milk, ghee or curd.
Quick Poli Saving Tips 🙂
- While you roll the poli, be careful as it may break a little, just add some dry flour to that part.
- Instead of whole wheat flour, you can use the dough with all purpose flour or maida or use half of both the flours.
So go on and roll some Poli’s. All the best.
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Happy Gudi Padwa!