Puran Poli (Obbattu)

By DK on Jan 15, 2009
Puran Poli, Obbattu,Bobbattu
It looks like a flatbread but the similarity stops right there. Known by various names like Poli(Tamil), Obbattu(Kannada) and Bobbattu (Telugu), this traditional sweet dish is made for festive occasions. But festive or not, we enjoy Poli even on an ordinary day - that much is its love in our home. Until about a year back, I was not aware of another variation to poli where the stuffing is made using powdered sugar instead of the Jaggery which is what I grew up with. Variation nevertheless, it is one dish which will blow your mind however you make it. This is made for quite a bunch of occasions like Pongal, Avani Avittam etc. I made it on the day of Boghi which is the first day of Pongal. Dont even think of cutting out the ghee! Forget your diets when having a bite of this - you can always starve yourselves the next day! ;-)
Basic Information
Prep Time: 1 to 2 hours
Cook Time: Under 30 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: Makes around 10-15 polis
    For the Cover
  • 1 cup all purpose flour/Maida (sifted)
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of Ghee/oil
    For the Filling
  • 1 cup Bengal Gram Dal
  • 1 cup grated jaggery (remove stones/dust etc)
  • 1/2 cut grated coconut, fresh preferred ( but in case of non availability, frozen can be used too. Thaw it first)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • approx 1-2 tbsp broken cashews
Mix flour, turmeric and 1 tbsp of vegetable oil(optional), mix well and add water as needed to make into a soft pliable dough.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
Set aside covered with a cloth.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
Meanwhile in a saucepan, boil bengal gram in 2 cups of water until soft.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
Drain the lentil well and then drop it back into the saucepan along with jaggery, coconut and cardamom powder. Mix well until the jaggery melts and all the ingredients come together into one harmonious mass.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
Cool it lightly and then grind this mixture in food processor without adding any water. Toast the cashews (dry roast/in ghee) and then add it to the lentil-jaggery mixture.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
Now take a small lime sized ball from the dough.Roll it out into a small circle.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
Similarly make a small ball from the lentil mixture and place it in the middle of the dough.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
Bring the end of the dough to the center on top of the lentil mixture,pinch them together and then press it down into a flatbread.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
Now lightly roll it out into a flatbread. It does not matter if a circle is not perfect. You can roll it as thinly or as thick you desire.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
PLace it a griddle, spoon some ghee all around it and cook until golden brown.
Puran Poli, Obbattu,Bobbattu
Turn it around and similarly cook until golden brown/reddish.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
It is good on its own although a little ghee on top makes it irresistible.
Puran Poli,Obbattu,Bobbattu
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25 Responses to “Puran Poli (Obbattu)”
  1. Great…we love obbattu & I make this with Channa dal & toor dal mixture. Will surely try this one. I am already drooling :)

  2. I’ve been meaning to try this for a long time now. It really reminds me of the savoury dhal puri we make in these parts. Bookmarked!

  3. bharathi
  4. Very interesting site, Hope it will always be alive!

  5. Kalai

    Adi paavi! Not fair to tempt me like this!! They look perfect, Dhivi! My favorite is thengai poli. :)

  6. Siri

    the puran polis look so gorgeous Dhivs..:) yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmyy!!


  7. veggie belly

    wow wow wow! i love poli! growing up, we had it a lot, they used to drizzle generous amounts of ghee on the poli using the rib of a banana leaf as a spoon. your instructions and pictures are so detailed!

  8. Daily Spud

    Never come across this before but I just love the sound (and look!) of it – it contains some of my favourite things to eat!

  9. Sahaja

    hey we call these bobbatlu in Andhra and one of my favorites :)

  10. Rathna

    My favorite sweet. I just love it …pics are looking good and really appetizing :-)

  11. DEESHA

    looks delish, we call it bele obbattu. the pics are awesome

  12. sriharivatsan

    Looks mouthwatering..Perfect.. Awesome clicks…

  13. Uma

    mmm. looks so mouth-watering! Have a great weekend.

  14. Ashwini

    Good one… I guess this is similar to obbattu made in karnataka

  15. bee

    gorgeous and soooo delicious.

  16. Asha

    Okay lady, after you eat two of those, you can eat my “diet” food for a whole day because it’s out!:D

    Looks perfect DK, I haven’t made these Obbattus for so long, may be I will make some for Shivaratri this year. Last year, I forgot the date and knew only when bloggers started wishing me!I am going to h..l for sure!! :P

  17. Priya

    Love this, my fav one..just drooling over them…

  18. Gita's Kitchen

    Lovely looking polis, like you said I just cannot think of diets when looking at those delicious looking polis coated with ghee, yum :)

  19. Gita's Kitchen

    Lovely looking polis, like you said I just cannot think of diets when looking at those delicious looking polis coated with ghee, yum :)

  20. Kitchen Flavours

    Wow the pictorial view is tempting me to try my hands on this now…

    The background track in slideshow of FIC-White is from Shake your boby by Bossonlove.

  21. Happy cook

    Wowo i wish i was living next to you to have these. I have been seeing this a lot in blogs like Nags said after seeing in Juaglabani place.

  22. Jayu

    Amazing pics DK!!!I always visit your blog just for them….the scrumptious recipes are another excuse;I am an amateur,do visit my blog,I’ve made the same thing

  23. Curry Leaf

    Lovely dear.I love this ,but tend to avoid it,bcoz of ghee and ghee..The ghee should not be compromised

  24. Khaugiri

    Wow this is my alltime favorite. Pictures are also very tempting…..

  25. Nags

    Ever since I saw this on Jugalbandi, I have been craving it. The only ingredient missing is jaggery. Have to get some soon and cook it up :)

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