Sep 3, 2012

Thengai Poli / Sweetened Coconut Stuffed Flatbreads!!!

Hi guys!!!

Poli happens to be one of my favorite Indian sweets. Adyar Ananda Bhavan sells one of the softest and tastiest polis. Anyway, the Maniyachi and Kadambur polis (mostly which I have had when travelling in trains) are hard to beat!!!

The two types of fillings used generally are coconut and channa dal puran. I love both of them :-) I had some scraped coconut that I had to use up and was obsessed with the idea of poli for a whole day, so ended up making these sweet little treats.

Now lets see the recipe.


For the filling:
Scraped coconut - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp

For the poli:
Maida - 2 cups
Salt - a pinch
Water - for kneading
Sesame oil - 1 tbsp


1. Knead the maida into a soft dough adding a pinch of salt and water as needed. Finally add the 1 tbsp oil and knead it into a non-sticky smooth dough.
2. Heat a kadai and add the scraped coconut and sugar. When the sugar has melted add the cardamom powder and ghee. Keep stirring till it forms an almost solid mass. Turn off heat and let it cool.
3. Divide the dough into golf ball sized portions and spread them out. Place some coconut filling in the centre and seal the ball again and keep it aside.
4. When you have added the filling into every dough ball, start rolling out from the first ball. Use oil to avoid sticking. I spread the balls out by pressing them out when holding them in my palms. You can use a rolling pin too.
5. Heat a tawa and cook the poli on both sides till brown spots appear. Add some ghee when cooking if necessary.

Tastes great when hot!!!
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