Chana Dal and Coconut Puranpoli


Receipes of Chana Dal and Coconut Puranpoli

Puranpoli is a traditional maharashtrian dish, and variants of it are made all over the country. It is a wholesome and delicious snack made of chana dal and coconut sweetened with jaggery and flavoured mildly with spices like elaichi. While it is festive fare, it can be made any day when you feel like making something special.

Soaking time:  2 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 6 puranpolis


For The Dough
1 cup plain flour (maida)
1 tbsp ghee
plain flour (maida) for rolling

For The Filling
1/2 cup chana dal (split bengal gram)
3/4 cup roughly chopped jaggery (gur)
1 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg (jaiphal) powder
2 tbsp grated dry coconut (kopra)

Other Ingredients
plain flour (maida) for rolling
ghee for smearing


For the dough

  1. Combine the plain flour and ghee in a bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water.
  2. Cover and keep the dough aside for 15 minutes.

For the filling

  1. Soak the chana dal in enough hot water for 2 hours.
  2. Drain, add ½ cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Drain and discard the water and keep the chana dal aside.
  4. Once cooled, combine the chana dal and jaggery and blend in a mixer to a smooth mixture.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a broad non-stick pan and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  6. Switch off the flame, add the cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and coconut and mix well.
  7. Transfer the filling into a plate and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

How to proceed

  1. Divide the filling into 6 equal portions and keep aside.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions.
  3. Roll out a portion of the dough into a 125 mm. (5”) diameter circle, using a little plain flour for rolling.
  4. Place a portion of the filling in the centre of the roti, bring all the sides together, press a little and roll again into a circle of 150 mm. (6”) diameter, using a little plain flour for rolling.
  5. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), cook the puranpoli till it turns brown in colour from both the sides.
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 to make 5 more puranpolis.
  7. Smear a little ghee on each puranpoli and serve immediately.