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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107 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy new year, and best wishes to you and yours on the occasion of Pongal! πŸ™‚

    The poli look delicious! I haven’t yet ventured to make them at home.

    1. Megala says:

      Hope you would try this sometime soon. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much.

  2. Love puran polis but the name Boli is super cute.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  3. dpranita583 says:

    Beautiful Boli.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  4. Super πŸ‘Œ so many similar recipes we have with different names πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, nice to see the different variations in every region as well. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  5. annika says:

    Love your variation of these!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  6. Jyo says:

    Absolutely love these puran polis…and also love the cute name BOLI😊.
    Happy New Year with lots of happiness and peaceπŸŽ‰

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

  7. this looks delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks, honestly speaking, I’m not aware that I sounded like that. πŸ™‚

      1. You are, person who didn’t even cooked before can do excellent in cooking by reading your posts. You deserve more. I know nowadays people are not interested in cookery books like before YouTube became first choice now.

  8. Something to add to my list of things to try. It looks delicious Megala! I really like reading your opening paragraphs where you share more about the recipes. πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

      1. You’re most welcome πŸ™‚

  9. Sandhya says:

    Puran poli is my favorite and yours looks so good Megala!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks much!

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