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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sweet Boli (Sweet Indian Pancakes)

           This is a festive sweet favorite to Indians and is known by different names in the various parts of India... In Kerala, boli goes very well with Paal Payasam or Semiya Payasam in hindu & some christian marriages......In Bangalore its known as Obbattu or Holige...In Maharashtra, the marathis  call it as  Puran Poli which is a very popular Diwali sweet....In southern parts of Tamilnadu its called Sweet Poli which is a wonderful  dessert that is prepared for any marriages ......
           The slight variations in its preparation are in the choice of using either sugar or jaggery for the the sweetening and plain flour or wheat flour for the outer covering....As i have not added kesar color, my boli didn't get the authentic yellow color which we usually see when we buy from shops..Apart from the color, the boli was really sweetly interesting to have....


1.Channa dal(Kadala Parippu)(Spilt Bengal Gram)-1 cup
2.All Purpose Flour(Maida)-1 cup
3.Salt-1 tsp
4.Sugar-1 cup
5.Ghee-1/2 cup
6.Kesar Color/Turmeric powder-2 pinch(optional, just for color)
7.Cardamom powder-2 tsp
8.Gingilly oil-2 tbsp(or any other oil)
9.Rice flour-for dusting 

Dough Preparation (for outer cover)

~Mix maida, salt, oil & kesar color with spoon in a bowl.
~Add little water & make a smooth & soft dough as we make for roti & keep aside for atleast 30 mins.

Channa Dal Preparation

~Wash and soak the channa dal for 2 to 3 hrs. This is optional but helps in cooking the dal faster.
~ Cook the dal in a pressure cooker with just 3/4 cup of water.(3 or 4 whistles)
~It should be just cooked and not over / under cooked.
~Drain the excess water from the dal & let it cool.

            As i was really lazy to do this channa preparation, i just tried Gram flour(kadala maavu)instead...but it came out well...Just a tip to those lazy ones out there.. 

  Dough Preparation (for filling)

~ Once cooled, blend it to a fine dough.
~If required add very little water...1 or 2 tbsp might do.
~Add sugar & cardamom powder to this & mix well.
~This dough should be thick in consistency, so you can roll them into balls.
~Roll them now into medium size balls & keep aside. 

Boli Preparation

~Make balls from the dough for the outer cover, a little smaller than the filling balls which were already made. 
~Make sure you make the same number of covering balls to match the filling ones.  
~Now roll the outer covering ball out, dusting with rice flour into a small circle.  
~Keep the filling ball inside this and cover completely with the rolled dough(outer cover)
Close it without any hole and again roll out to a bigger ball with your hands.
~Now roll this big ball into a thin roti  dusting with rice flour.
~Repeat the process until you finish rolling all of them.
~Now heat a flat pan and toast the rolled out polis in it on a medium heat. 
~Pour little ghee on the sides of the roti.
~Be careful while flipping it to get the other side done as they are very delicate to handle.
 ~Once both sides are slightly browned with glacing ghee on top, they can be taken out.

Sweet boli is ready !!! 

Linking to : Preethi's Let's Party- Fest Celebrations- Diwali & Surabhi's My Cookbook.

Linking to : Vardhini's Diwali Bash  

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