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Puran poli |Sweet lentil flatbread

Puran poli |Sweet lentil stuffed flatbread prepared using whole wheat flour,chana dal,jaggery and cardamom.

Puran poli

Puran poli

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian


  • Whole wheat flour,for dusting
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Ghee,for cooking th puran poli or as required

For the filling

  • 1 cup Chana dal
  • Water,as required
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 cup Jaggery ,grated
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1 pinch Salt

For the dough

  • 2.5 cups Whole wheat flour ( or use 1.5 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all purpose flour ,see notes)
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil/ghee
  • Water,as required
  • Salt,to tase


  • Wash and soak the chana dal in sufficient quantity of water for about 3 to 4 hours or overnight.Drain and pressure cook the dal until soft.Strain the cooked dal to remove excess water.Allow to cool slightly.
    cooking channa dal
  • Meanwhile,prepare the dough by mixing whole wheat flour,salt,vegetable oil/ghee and enough water in a large mixing bowl.Knead well to for about 3 to 5 minutes to form a smooth and soft dough.Cover and set aside for about 15 to 20 minutes.
    dough prep
  • Mash the cooked dal well using a potato masher or transfer to a blender/food processor and process to form a smooth paste.Transfer the dal into a heavy bottomed pan along with ghee and jaggery .Cook over medium heat stirring continuously for about 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture turns thick.
  • Allow to cool completely,add the cardamom and nutmeg powder and knead well.Divide this into 10 to 12 equal portions.Set aside until required.
    filling for puran poli
  • Divide the dough into 10 or 12 equal parts and roll a portion of the dough into a circle of 4" diameter on a lighly floured surfce.Place a portion of the filling in the center.
    puran poli steps
  • Bring all the sides to the center and seal tightly.Flatten the ball and dip it in the flour.
    puran poli step
  • Dust the working surface with whole wheat flour ,roll the stuffed dough lightly to form a 7 to 8 "circle.Lightly dust the poli with flour,if it sticks to the rolling pin or the working surface.
    Heat a tawa,place the puran poli and let it cook until the colour changes slightly for about 15 seconds over medium high heat.
  • Flip the poli and let it cook for few more seconds.Drizzle 1 tsp ghee over the poli.Flip the poli again and gently press using a spatula.Cook until golden spots appear on both the sides.Repeat with the remaining dough and the filling.
    Serve with melted ghee and milk.
Keyword dessert, diwali, sweets


  • 1 cup=250 ml
  • Use a combination of all purpose flour and whole wheat flour for a softer texture.
  • Find more Indian sweets recipes here.
  • You can find the recipe for homemade ghee here.
puran poli-diwali sweet recipe

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