Start This Festive Season With Kadalapparippu Poli Recipe!

For your sweet tooth!

A traditional sweet dish made using Bengal gram, Poli is yet another dish that is made across South India.


For the Filling

¾ cup Bengal gram (chana dal)

¾ cup sugar

½ tsp cardamom powder

1/8 tsp nutmeg powder

1 tsp ghee

For the poli

1 ¼ plain flour (maida)

¼ tsp turmeric powder

A pinch of salt


½ cup oil


  1. Pressure cook Bengal gram with adequate water, till soft.
  2. Drain the water and transfer the gram to a pan.
  3. Add the sugar and ghee.
  4. In a saucepan, cook the mixture on low heat, stirring continuously, till it thickens.
  5. To check the consistency, lift a bit of the mixture in a spoon. The mixture should fall into the pan as small lumps.
  6. Add the cardamom and nutmeg powder and mix well. Switch off heat.
  7. If you still spot the gram as whole, run the mixture in a blender to make a smooth paste.
  8. Do this before the mixture turns cold.Form small balls of this mixture and keep aside.
  9. Mix flour, salt and turmeric powder in a bowl.
  10. Add enough water to form dough.
  11. Now add half of the oil and knead the dough well.
  12. Pour the remaining oil and keep the dough covered for at least 30 minutes.The dough will absorb the oil.
  13. Knead the dough again. It will turn very smooth and soft.
  14. Divide the dough into equal portions, like the filling.
  15. Take a dough ball and flatten it.Keep the filling in the centre and wrap the dougharound.
  16. Roll it out into thin rounds. Do not apply too much force as they are very soft and may tear easily.
  17. Place the rolled poli on a pan in medium heat. As soon as light brown spots appear, flip and cook the other side.
  18. Apply a light coat of ghee on both sides.
  19. Transfer to an airtight container.

Recipes by Mareena Jerrish!

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