Boli

I wish all my readers a blessed New Year full of happiness and health! In this new year I aspire to rise up & glide above my comfort zone and hanker after the recipes I never dared to try before. There are a number of varieties of boli prepared by south Indians, but the traditional boli (puran poli) I enjoyed in my childhood days is the most delicious boli I ever tasted. However I did not have the confidence to make those paruppu boli as they have to be made thinner than any other boli and cooked soft, flaky and papery. Nowadays we don’t make such boli at home despite the fact that we are dissatisfied with thick chewy greasy boli sold in sweet shops here.

Traditionally sweet boli were served for breakfast on the day of some of the festivals at home.

They were also served in wedding feasts along with payasam for lunch.

But I like to relish sweet boli along with savory vadai (masal vadai or ulundha vadai) and we usually serve boli & vadai with coffee or tea in the evening.

I always wonder how those traditional boli were made so large, and I also felt that it might be difficult to handle such thin papery disks while cooking them. Now I learnt to handle these thin large boli at ease after a couple of trials. Lets look into the recipe for paruppu boli popular in Kanyakumari and Nagercoil regions:

Yields: 8 boli

Ingredients for dough:

  • 1 cup of maida (APF)
  • 1/2 cup of water for kneading
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp (or a pinch) of salt

Ingredients for fillings:

  • 1/2 cup of Bengal gram
  • 1/2 cup of water for pressure cooking lentils
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1/2 tbsp of ghee

Dough making:

  • Mix maida, turmeric powder & salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour about 20 ml of oil into the flour and mix again.
  • Pour water and knead for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour another 20 ml of oil and knead again for 5 minutes.
  • Pour remaining oil over dough and keep the bowl closed for 4 hours.

Preparation of lentil filling: 

  • Wash and soak Bengal gram for 2 hours.
  • Rinse the soaked lentils and drain the water completely.
  • Pressure cook them after pouring equal measures of water.
  • Simmer for 7 minutes after bringing to high pressure.
  • Meanwhile powder the sugar along with cardamom using a mixer and transfer to a bowl.
  • When the pressure is released mash the lentils into a smooth dough in the same mixer jar.
  • Heat a pan with ghee in medium flame.
  • Add mashed lentil into the pan and saute for few min.
  • When the lentil is hot add powdered sugar and mix well.
  • Saute until sugar is dissolved completely.
  • Add a tsp of ghee to level out the sticky dough.
  • Grease palms with ghee and roll into balls.

Boli making:

  • Grease palms with coconut oil and divide boli dough into 8 equal portions.
  • Roll them into smooth balls.
  • Stuff boli dough with lentil fillings as shown below.
  • Roll out a stuffed dough to a thin disk as much as possible up to the diameter of 9 or 10″.
  • Cook both the sides on a griddle in medium flame.
  • Transfer to a plate when done.
  • Repeat the same for remaining dough balls.
  • Store boli in an air-tight container for 3 or 4 days.

Tips:

  • Lentil filling should be prepared just before rolling out boli, else it would get harder over the time.
  • Lentil filling should be as sticky as boli dough, so you may sprinkle some water into the filling (if the moisture in lentils is completely evaporated) before adding sugar.
  • I used powdered sugar as it does not require much heat to dissolve into the mashed lentil.
  • We usually take equal measures of lentil & sugar for most of the fillings, but for boli we need to double the sugar considering the large covering of bland dough.
  • I used rice flour for dusting (instead of maida) as it helps to keep the dough elastic but not sticky and thus helps to roll out thin boli.
  • Boli should be cooked in medium flame only, it would turn hard if cooked in low flame, or it would get charred quickly in high flame.
  • I used a little larger lentil filling than the dough (they both are smaller than even a small tomato) and rolled into a 9″ boli. If you use larger dough ball you may have to roll out even more larger boli.
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    1. Megala says:

      Ok. Thanks much for stopping by.

  2. Now this is unique.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  3. Nisha Sharma says:

    Oh wow. This is a different kind, will definitely try thisπŸ˜€

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  4. Happy New Year to you πŸ™‚ this looks so yummy πŸ’“

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.
      Sorry for the late reply.

  5. Rupali says:

    Excellent post Megala.
    Your post reminds me of the time when we used to make 1 kilo chana dal puran poli moreover the maida dough ball were much smaller than puran ball.
    It was like a super event day. My son loved to help grandma with puranyantra to make the chana dal and jaggery paste. Usually we cook the dal in big pan and use the excess of chana dal water to make kat like rasam.

    1. Megala says:

      Wow! This is amazing, just can’t imagine how they managed to cook such a huge quantity of puran poli.
      Thanks for sharing your reminiscences with this sweet delicacy.

  6. Another sweet delight I’ve never encountered before! I love a good flatbread, and a flatbread stuffed with lentils is all the better. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.

  7. Lovely descriptive recipe Megala. πŸ‘

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.

  8. Megala, Boli looks delicious!! I guess Boli and puran poli are two different names for same dish..

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, they are same, but our traditional one has paper-like texture and is not smeared with ghee. .

  9. waw this looks so good

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks!

  10. iScriblr says:

    Wow.. Yummylicious!❀

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Richa! πŸ™‚

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