Monday, August 18, 2008

A sweet treat, called, Pooran poli or Holige& Obbattu in Kannada

I must admit my wife is a expert in making holige. I can tell this proudly as, i have seen her mother, aunts and relative, asking for tips on making holige. It is a dessert that is savored by every state in India. Towards the north of India it is known as Pooran poli and towards the south Holige or Obbattu.

The Ingredients are:

Channa dal 1 cup
Jaggery 1 cup
Cardamom 1 tsp
Maida 1.5 cups
Coconut grated 1/2 ea
Turmeric pinch
Oil 1 tsp
Salt a pinch


1. Maida flour, salt and turmeric needs to be mixed with water to make a dough
2. Add oil to the dough and knead well.
3. Let rest for 1 hour, cover with a parchment paper.
4. Cook the channa dal and cardamom with 1/2 cup water (just about 3/4th doneness)
5. Mash the Jaggery.
6. In a bowl put the jaggery and melt it 3/4th.
7. Add the channa dal to the jaggery mixture.
8. Add the grated coconut mix it thoroughly and let bind.
9. Blend the mixture in a blender.
10. Prepare small balls of the dough that has been resting. (flatten it with your hands)
11. Place the mixture of jaggery, coconut, dal (double the amount as that of the dough), in the centre of the flattened dough.
12. Wrap the dough over this mixture and flatten it.
13. On low heat place the flattened dough on a non-stick pan.
14. Cook on each side until you see even golden color.

This is going to be a treat for you and for your family.

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